Integrate the Power of Feng Shui into Your Garden

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Size is not the primary factor when incorporating feng shui design to your garden. Of course, a big area is ideal if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller spaces as well.

The primary feng shui tools can be used for your interior decor as well as your garden design. In order to understand the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first want to understand your home’s bagua.

Before getting underway, make sure you understand the five elements of feng shui so that you can optimize their energy.

The northeast corner of your garden, for instance, connects to personal growth and self-cultivation energy, and Earth is the feng shui element that is necessary to incorporate it. Since rocks symbolize the Earth element in feng shui, you might consider putting some into a serene Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

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

Early Crete & The Minoans: Wall Fountains

Archaeological digs in Minoan Crete in Greece have exposed some varieties of conduits. They were used for water supply as well as removal of storm water and wastewater. They were commonly built from terracotta or rock. When clay was used, it was frequently for waterways as well as water pipes which came in rectangle-shaped or round forms. These incorporated cone-like and U-shaped clay pipes which were unique to the Minoans.

Knossos Palace had an advanced plumbing network made of terracotta pipes which ran up to three meters below ground. These Minoan pipelines were also used for gathering and stocking water, not just circulation. These clay pipes were used to perform: Underground Water Transportation: the hidden method for water circulation could possibly have been made use of to supply water to specific people or events. Quality Water Transportation: Some historians consider that these water lines were employed to build a separate distribution technique for the castle.

Roman Wall Fountains: Michelangelo’s Works of Art

The 16th century saw the creation of the earliest Roman wall fountains, the works of two reknowned Florentine sculptures, Michelangelo and Ammannati. The first fountain Michelangelo created came in 1536 with the building of the Campidoglio in Rome which was to be part of the Palazzo Senatorio's façade. A conduit from the Aqua Felice was built later and it carried water to the Capitol making a more impressive water effect possible. Styled on the late Cinquecento, Michelangelo built a larger basin, anticipating the development of the conduit.

Was the famed artist the mastermind of the wall fountain? His designs undoubtedly affected the type of fountain which predominates throughout Italy. The styles seen at the Fountain of the River Gods at the Villa Lante, Bagnaia 1, and the Fountain of the Mugnone, set between the flight of steps on the central axis of the Villa Pratolino, are other examples of this style.

Rather than creating fountains based on his own genius, Michelangelo was doomed to integrating classical elements into Roman-styled structures. The Florentine maestro was commissioned by Julius III (1550-1555) to design a unique fountain to be placed at the top of the passageway of the Belvedere in the Vatican. The fountain was to be decorated with a marble depiction of Moses hitting a stone from which water flowed. The idea of the Moses figure was dismissed, however, because of the time it would take to build it and was therefore replaced by an antique image of Cleopatra. It was thought easier to use a traditional piece of art above the fountain rather than have the illustrious artist design a totally new figure.


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The Minoan Society: Fountains
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