Inspiration on the deeper meaning of Fionn’s window can be found in the myth about The Settling of the Manor of Tara. In the story Fintan was consulted on the way Ireland should be divided. His answer was: knowledge in the west, battle in the north, prosperity in the east, music in the south, kingship in the centre.
Ellen Evert Hopman made a lecture based on the Five Directions described by Brinley Rees’ in “Celtic Heritage”, Thames and Hudson, NY, 1994
There were as many as twelve directions that were recognized as significant by the Celts, we know this because there were twelve winds or “Airts” that were recognized for their unique effects upon the land and the people. But for religious purposes there were five major directions that are still found in the myths and stories.
The North was the direction of battle and fire; its emblem was the sword and its creature the eagle. It was the direction of warriors and of Gods. Winds from the north presaged strife and conflict.
The East was the direction of abundance and prosperity. Its emblems were wealth of all kinds; good earth, fine clothing, bees and honey, its creature the salmon.
The South was the Goddess direction, associated with water and creative arts such as music and poetry. Its creature was the sow, an animal that roots deep into the dark earth for inspiration and sustenance, bringing hidden treasures to light.
The West was the place of history keeping, story telling, of illumination, of inner fire, and of learning and of passing on the mysteries. It was the airy direction of the intellect. Its creature was the stag.
The Center was the fifth sacred direction that completed a ritual space. Its emblem was the stone, its creature the Mare of Sovereignty who symbolized the Goddess of the Land. It was the place of mastery and of rulership. Five was the number that implied a sacred whole.