Each position on a Medicine Wheel corresponds to one of the four cardinal directions: South, North, West, East – or one of the four non-cardinal directions: SouthEast, SouthWest, NorthWest and NorthEast. On any medicine wheel, the cardinal directions hold the energy of a circle and the non-cardinals move energy in and out of the circle.
There are also specific qualities & characteristics that exist for each direction. Thus, no matter which wheel is being used, the subject matter is placed in a particular direction because it contains the corresponding properties. Every wheel has its own tune or vibration, part of the larger Song of the Universe. Each individual wheel can be overlaid on top of the other. When this is done, the layers form a harmony to one verse of the Song of the Universe.