How Feng Shui Turn Your Yard into an Oasis

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

Size is not the primary factor when incorporating feng shui design to your yard. A huge space is great for those fortunate enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design.

The principal feng shui tools can be used for your home decor as well as your garden design. In order to know the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first need to understand your home’s bagua. twf004__48973.jpg

Before getting going, make sure you comprehend the five elements of feng shui so that you can maximize their energy.

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

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas ideal for a water feature.

The Marvelous Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain in Rome

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a wealth of heathen and Christian artifacts on the grounds of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. Located in the portico of the nearby basilica one can find the acclaimed marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth). When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was constructed in 1719, it was off the beaten track and generally unknown as a result. For the most part, people stayed away from the area because it was a sad and neglected part of the city. As part of a project to modernize the piazza outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was instructed by Pope Clement XI to design a fountain. Work on the church's infrastructure began on on August 11, 1717. Medallions 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 blessing of the first rock.

Commonplace Water Elements Seen in Japanese Landscapes

No Japanese garden is finished without a water element. They tend to be placed right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are regarded as being representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very simplistic because they are meant to call attention to the water itself.

You will also notice many fountains that have spouts made of bamboo. The bamboo spout is positioned over the basin, typically constructed of natural stones, and water trickles out. It must have a worn-down, weathered look and feel as well. People want their fountain to look as natural as possible, so they place plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. Obviously, this fountain is something more than just a simple decoration.

For something a bit more one-of-a-kind, start with a bed of gravel, add a stone fountain, and then embellish it artistically with live bamboo and other natural elements.

Over the years it begins to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss grows over the stone.

Anyone who has an extensive space to work with can, of course, install a much bigger water feature. Popular water feature extras are a koi pond or any sort of small pool, or even a wandering brook.

Water, however, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Many people choose to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in actual water. Natural rocks that are smooth and laid out tightly together can be used to produce the illusion of running water.


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