Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Fountain Worth Experiencing

Incredible discoveries of both Christian and pagan origin have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Situated in the portico of the nearby basilica one can find the famous marble sculpture known as the Bocca della VeritĂ  (Mouth of Truth). Since the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was located off the beaten track, it remained mostly unknown. 8824_0103__21745.jpg It was said that there was very little to see in this area because it was bleak and desolate making it an unfriendly place to visit. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was commissioned by Pope Clement XI to build a fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an effort to make the area more popular. Work on the church's foundation commenced on on August 11, 1717. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was blessed and medallions bearing the illustrations of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were also thrown in.

The Prevalence of Water Features in Japanese Backyards

You will never see a Japanese garden that does not have a water element. The Japanese water fountain is considered symbolic of spiritual and physical purifying, so it is customarily placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. It is uncommon to see elaborately -designed Japanese fountains because the emphasis is supposed to be on the water itself.

You will also notice many fountains that have spouts crafted of bamboo. Below the bamboo spout is usually a stone basin which receives the water as it trickles down from the spout. It should have a worn-down, weathered appearance as well. So that the fountain seems at one with nature, people normally enhance it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. Clearly this fountain is much more than just a beautiful add-on.

If you are looking for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain crafted of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. In time, as moss gradually covers the rocks, it becomes even more natural-looking.

If you are fortunate enough to have a big piece of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Popular water feature enhancements are a koi pond or any sort of tiny pool, or even a meandering brook.

There are alternative options if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. Many people choose to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in real water. In addition, flat stones can be laid out close enough together to create the impression of a babbling brook.

Vitalize Your Yard with the Use of Feng Shui

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

Size is not the primary factor when incorporating feng shui design to your garden. If you have a lush, eye-catching one, that is great, but even a small area works well with feng shui design.

The primary feng shui tools can be used for your interior decor as well as your garden design. The initial part is to understand the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

It is also essential to know the five elements in the theory of feng shui and how best to use each one to optimize its 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. A Zen garden with some nice natural rocks is perfect for that spot, as the rocks represent the Earth element.

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


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