Ways Feng Shui Turn Your Garden into Sanctuary

Enjoy the health benefits of feng shui by adding its design elements into your yard.

As far as the size of your yard goes, it is not particularly important when incorporating feng shui design to it. It is fabulous to have a huge space to work with, but do not worry if the area is small since you can still incorporate feng shui design. p-746__42006.jpg

Feng shui methods are identical whether you are working in your garden or your home. In order to know the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first need to understand your home’s bagua.

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

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should include in the northeast part of your garden because that part of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. A perfect addition to the northeast corner of your yard might be a peaceful Zen garden decorated with natural stone, as they represent the Earth element in feng shui.

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

Ideas for Your Perfect Spot Inside or Outdoors

Including a feng shui fountain in your living area is certain to contribute to creating a sense of harmony and serenity. The best solution is to install a garden or home waterfall. It is a wonderful addition to the decoration of any house. The best location for your outdoor fountain is a spot where you can see it from inside too.

Be sure to add plants and flowers, as they have an important effect on the charm of a water fountain. Look for plant types that blossom year-round. Beautiful stones, sculptures, or a fireplace are also nice add-ons.

Michelangelo’s Roman Wall Fountains

During the 16th century two famous Florentine artists by the names of Michelangelo and Ammannati designed the first wall features in Rome. In 1536 Michelangelo’s earliest fountain in the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, part of the façade of the Palazzo Senatorio, was displayed. The building of a conduit from the Aqua Felice to the Capitol, which allowed for a more impressive water display, was included years later. Expecting this, Michelangelo had added a more substantial basin styled on the late Cinquecento.

Was the well-known artist the originator of the wall fountain? Italy’s fountains truly show the influence his designs had on the styles found there. Further examples of this type 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.

It seemed to be Michelangelo’s predestination to combine classic Roman attributes into his fountains instead of using his own remarkable talents to design original pieces. A new fountain at the top of the Belvedere in the Vatican was authorized by Julius III (1550-1555) and it fell to the talented artist to create a unique structure. The fountain was to be decorated with a marble figure of Moses striking a stone from which water flowed. Unfortunately for the sculptor, this concept was turned down because it would take a lot of time to build and a classic statue of Cleopatra was used instead. A design by the well-known artist was thought to be too time-consuming, therefore, an ancient sculpture placed above the fountain seemed to be a better option.


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