I understand the obvious uses of へ. My understanding gets a bit fuzzy when it comes to things other than a physical direction toward a physical place.

For example; a sentence such as this: 勝ちへ向かう

Is this limited to just goals/expectations? Is there any limit to what goals/expectations can use this particle? Honestly, I wish this particle could just mean 'to' in general. :/

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    I can't help but notice a slight irony in how in your question title you used "towards" in English in reference to an abstract concept ;)
    – ssb
    Feb 5, 2015 at 2:23

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There's nothing special about 勝ち in the sentence. In fact, I think you can safely think of へ as "to, toward, towards", both for physical and metaphorical direction.

日本語の理解へ !
Towards a better understanding of Japanese!

明るい未来へ !
Towards a brighter future!


The use of "へ" does not depend much on the relationship.
For "向かう", however, there are two meanings.



I headed to the station.

I headed to *the destination*.



I headed for the win.

I headed for *the state(or the time)*.  

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