Maybe it not only a reduction alone, but also a ‘western’ (occidental viewpoint) to separate it four quarters. Four Cardinals, four classic Elements, four Seasons, four Dayquarters.
Other cultures count in three (the tropics) or six (eg the australian devision of seasons by the indigenous people). Everyday a ‘saint’ is revered somewhere. So, when is reduction done or what pieces are invisible? Writers (storytellers in general, in any art form) can and do take a chunk out of it to enhance it on their choosen stage. From such a stand one cannot omit missing pieces. They’re essential parts too.