Importance of Directions in Vaastu
The Science of Vaastu is based essentially on directions. As such, a thorough knowledge of directions and their significance, according to Vaastu, is imperative when constructing a building. Further, to get your Vaastu absolutely right, you have to understand the implications of the East and the West directions.
In olden days, people minutely observed the shadows cast by the sun in order to check directions. Today, however, a magnetic compass is used to confirm directions. While there are ten directions in total, a compass can verify only eight of these.
A compass covers a total of 360 degrees with its radius, with 45 degrees allotted to each of the eight directions. Checking the level of degree within each direction is also an important aspect of Vaastu.
As mentioned above, there are a total of ten directions. The four main directions are North, South, East and West. There are four sub-directions, which comprise the corners.
North East (Ishan) Between the North and the East
South East (Agenya) Between the South and the East
South West (Nirutya) Between the South and the West
North West (Vayaya) Between the North and the West
The remaining two directions are Space (Udharv) and Centre.