Create positive life forces and tranquility for your surroundings with the ancient principles of Feng Shui.
“Feng Shui” is a method of arranging items for the most favorable within an area to insure a peaceable, healthy, and inspirational atmosphere. Water is one of the five key elements of Feng Shui. In fact, the Chinese term Feng Shui translates as “wind and water”. Since water has both active and introspective qualities, an outdoor water feature is a significant element when applying the principles of Feng Shui. Many people select an indoor water fountain with an Asian design such as a bamboo fountain. Yet, a traditional non-Asian fountain should serve the same purpose just as well.
Natural materials such as slate, stone, bamboo, wood, and copper are all consistent with the practice of Feng Shui. For example, a bamboo fountain combines water and wood elements. Popular Zen fountains made from a slab of stone combined with bronze are unobtrusive, representing the concept of calm and equilibrium. They are popular as both ground mounted and wall water fountains. No matter what design you select, ensure that the water in your garden water fountain is always fresh, adequately supplied and debris free.
When evaluating your patio or garden, it is important to take into account that in Feng Shui, all parts of the space relate to a symbolic significance. There are many different methods of Feng Shui. However, all use some form of template that partitions the space into specific areas that affect one’s life. These include factors such as as fame, friends, love, wealth, health, and more. In placing a garden fountain, said to facilitate the flow of qi (life energy), the most favorable placement would be in the north, southeast, or east parts of your space.
Curved objects are favored in Feng Shui, so outdoor fountains with rounded basins and those that include a sphere or orb are excellent selections. There are many attractive water fountains designed with a chain of pottery or ceramic containers that spill water into each other, which permits qi to both circulate and accumulate. Metal statuary of birds, frogs, or meditating figures also can enhance symbolism to advance luck, wealth, health, or longevity.
Many gardens can benefit from having a water fountain designed with Feng Shui concepts in mind. Large wall mounted fountains, small tabletop fountains, bamboo fountains, Zen garden fountains, and traditional garden fountains can all play a part in soothing and refreshing the positive energy in your outdoor environment.
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