I admit, I stick to the classical elements in the classical directions:
Air – the eastern direction, mind and intellect, sylphs
Fire – the southern direction, will and strength, salamanders
Water – the western direction, emotions, undines
Earth – the northern direction, material things and prosperity, gnomes
I call them in a circle, beginning in the east and going clockwise. I release them beginning in the east and going counterclockwise. Spirit, of course, is in the middle, so I visualize this as a winding or unwinding spiral.
I’ve built a garden in my backyard that corresponds to the directions, with plants that correspond to each direction. There’s a flat rock I unearthed in the middle that I use as an altar.
It throws me for a loop when I’m in ceremony with one of my teachers who uses the correspondences in the Native American tradition. In her tradition, there are two axes: the masculine axis, which is about air (west) and fire (east); and the feminine axis, which is about water (south) and earth (north).