The compass is a symbol of purposeful travel and the also significances of the number four. Historically the number four represents balance: the four seasons, the four directions and the four elements (air, earth, fire and water). Four is a stable number. Christianity has four archangels, four cardinal virtues, four points of the cross, Buddhism has four wishes, the Hebrew Kabbalah has four worlds. Four is also a number that represents family. The compass as a device let early adventurers find their destination, in days when going off course had dire consequences. This is a great symbol for happy travel as it brings balance and blessings.
Sharon Bush B.A. Ancient History/History U.N.E