Ways to Include the Benefits of Feng Shui to Your Garden

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will bring its healthful energy into your home as well.

Size is not the main concern when incorporating feng shui design to your garden. A huge area is great for those fortunate enough to have it, but a smaller area can still be useful in feng shui design.

Feng shui techniques are identical whether you are working in your garden or your residence. The first step is to figure out the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that. p-294__40423.jpg

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should learn how to use each of them to intensify the energy.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be incorporated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that section connects to self-cultivation and personal improvement energy. Since rocks symbolize the Earth element in feng shui, you might think about putting some into a serene Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

A water element is a great addition to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).

The Roman Wall Fountains of Michelangelo

Two Florentine sculptors by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati designed the first Roman wall fountains during the 16th century. Michelangelo’s first fountain was unveiled in 1536 in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome and makes up part of the front of the Palazzo Senatorio. The building of a conduit from the Aqua Felice to the Capitol, which allowed for a more beautiful water display, was included years later. Anticipating this, Michelangelo had added a more sizable basin styled on the late Cinquecento.

Was the famed artist the mastermind of the wall fountain?

His designs undoubtedly inspired the design of fountain which predominates throughout Italy. More examples of this sort of structure can be seen in the Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone which is located between flights of stairs on the central axis of the Villa Pratolino.

Michelangelo’s unique talent was put aside because he was forced to design fountains combining classical elements and a Roman style. Julius III (1550-1555) decided to have a fountain erected at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican and commissioned the Florentine artist to design a one-of-a-kind wall fountain. A marble Moses hitting the rock from which water flowed was to adorn the fountain. The option of the Moses figure was abandoned, however, because of the time it would take to build it and was therefore replaced by an antique image of Cleopatra. An ancient figure was thought to be simpler to install over the fountain than the construction of a completely new statue by the famed artist.

A Fabulous Example of Roman Know-How: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain

Remarkable discoveries of both Christian and pagan origin have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area around Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The well-known marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) is located in the portico of the basilica nearby. The situation of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known area and was, therefore, not oftentimes visited. It was said that there was nothing worth seeing in this area, as it was bleak and abandoned making it an unfriendly place to visit. As part of a project to modernize the piazza outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was commissioned by Pope Clement XI to design a fountain. The task of laying down the church’s foundation started on August 17, 1717. Medals bearing the imagery of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown in the foundation following the consecration of the first stone.


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