"Okay, question for you AND for your followers: is east or south Fire for you in your workings, and why?"
I tend to do things in a rather traditional manner, even if my way of getting there is less than academic and always specific to where I am.
East is Air, the first breath drawn, the coloring of the clouds at dawn, the ruffling of birds feathers (diurnal birds, at least) as they awaken.
South is Fire, far less poetic, but is the force that compels me to close the window blinds on that side of the house in the summer.
West is Water; in that direction is the largest part of the lake that I live next to, and is the direction that the streams that feed the lake flow.
North is Earth, while there are hills and small mountains surrounding the lake area, the closest tall land is to the north. It is also, interestingly enough, the direction that feels "cozy" to me. Whether that is because earth itself has a cozy feel or because winter and winter weather causes me to seek out and create a sense of coziness, I haven't completely teased out.
I am of firm belief that the attributions of Element and Direction should fit your location-if I lived on the Atlantic (while still being on the North American continent) I would be very surprised if I didn't feel that Water was East.
As for my followers, I am taking the position that the question refers to the followers/readers of my blog (as far as I am aware, I have no followers/acolytes. If I do, I could use a hand with the weeding in the garden). Anyone reading is welcome to leave their answers as comments to this post, I will certainly publish them.