Using simple English, how would I describe the orientation of an object in relation to two different objects -- one that's located on a vertical plane (object V) and another that's located on a horizontal plane (object H)?
It's vertically oriented with object V, and it's horizontally oriented with object H.
This is the gist of what I'm trying to get across, but I feel like this is convoluted and not really as clear, simple, or elegant as it could be... I'm not sure what other constructions I could use.
To be more specific, I'm looking for a different construction than the one above. Are there any better ways to express this type of an orientation?
EDIT 2 -- Illustration
I'm trying to describe the location of the thalamus in relation to the eyes and ears. So I might say:
The thalamus is in the middle of the head, lined up vertically with the eyebrows and horizontally with the ears