The North is believed to be the most powerful direction. The reason for this belief is because the sun never touches the Northern Hemisphere, so it is considered the direction of the Mystery, of the unseen. The North Star is the center, around which the skies revolve. Many altars in Witchcraft face North, or are in that quarter. North corresponds to the element Earth, to the body, to midnight, winter, brown, black, and green of vegetation. From North comes the power to keep silent, to listen as well as speak, to keep secrets, and to know when not to say. In many mythologies North is where the gods live. Many of the Celtic gods were associated with north. The Etruscans placed their highest gods and goddesses at the North. A.G.H.