For two years, Professor Hynek Burda of the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany studied the hunting behavior of eighty-four wild red foxes. He discovered that the foxes have a higher success rate catching prey when their heads are oriented north.
He suggests that the fox tweaks its head position, using ear canals to ‘estimate the distance of its prey by moving forward until the sound source is in a fixed relationship to the magnetic field’. Directional preference biology here.
Hunting was observed in different seasons, habitats, times of day and vegetation. Of 592 jumps observed, 72.5 percent of successful attacks were made when the foxes aligned themselves about 20 degrees off from magnetic north. Attacks from other directions were mostly unsuccessful.
The study adds that grazing and resting cattle and deer prefer to orient their body axes in north – south direction. This may be to provide constant directional reference, which helps to quickly synchronize movement of individuals in herds when danger strikes.
I am a 9th house Virgo Sun/Uranus/Pluto, intrigued by polarities, solar magnetics, earth energies such as the Taos Hum etc.. Investigation of this natural directional preference phenomena is ongoing with me.
North is ruled by Cancer; South by Capricorn
Foxes are ruled by Mercury; Magnetics by Uranus
Mercury / Uranus are lower / higher octaves of one another, respectively.
I am Capricorn rising with Mercury at MC, Mars rising in Sagittarius quintile Uranus. I have a great sense of direction, rarely get lost, naturally, inexplicably, ‘know’ where magnetic north is.
A friend of mine with Capricorn Moon opposite Cancer Mercury in poor aspect in the 11th has a terrible sense of direction, can’t even give directions to get to her house from work. Curious quirk when viewed through the lens of astrology, yes ?
From the first time I did reiki I chose / knew to orient myself North – South, with North at my back. In my natal chart, Moon is (exalted) in Taurus in the North(west) quadrant acting as a fulcrum – opposite biggie Neptune in 11 & trine (Sun/Uranus) Pluto in 9.
Perhaps this is why I intuitively chose it as a position of starting strength.
I have read many differing opinions regarding which direction to sit for heightened meditation, which direction provides more restful sleep, but I still choose North-South because it feels right to me.