I get questions sometimes about Elemental correspondences because in my trad, Air goes in the North and Earth goes in the East. In many Pagan/Wiccan books, it's the opposite.
"Which one is right?" people want to know. Well, both are right. Much would depend on your whereabouts and what makes sense to your local area.
In my local area, Air is North because the further North you travel, the colder it gets. East is Earth, because the greatest expanse of land is to the East. South is Fire, because it gets warmer as you travel South. And West is Water because there is a major body of water to our West.
What about where you live? Let's say you live on the Atlantic coast-- why would you turn West to honor water? If you live in Australia, northern exposure would be warmest and going north would mean warmer weather-- so why would you put Fire in the South, where it's colder?
The elemental correspondences are not fixed; they are relative to where you are at any given moment.
Answer to the riddle: You are at the North Pole. As you can see, location location location-- it's all relative.
My Tip for You Today: Instead of blindly following the correspondences that a book set out for you, start thinking about your own Elemental correspondences. What makes the most sense.
Where do you find the greatest pull to each one? Sit quietly and meditate on one Element and think about that. What direction do you feel it calling from. What is in that direction that makes sense?
You might just find your correspondences back where you started, or it might surprise you-- they might move. That's okay; it's not wrong, it's about feeling the energy. Open yourself to it, rather than going "by the book". This is your path, after all-- you might be in a different place than everyone else.
What are your correspondences?