Feng Shui for your Garden
Feng Shui or “Wind and Water” is the ancient Chinese Art Of Placement. It is based on the understanding of the flow of energy (Ch’i) throughout ones inner and outer life.
The Chinese believe that by placing things to encourage the beneficial flow of Chi (Energy Force) you can create harmonious change which affects your health, wealth and relationships – ie: your fortune in life. The Feng Shui garden incorporates Feng Shui principles, thereby creating beneficial Chi in your environment. A Feng Shui garden should follow nature’s lead as much as possible.
Creating balance and harmony is the key to a Feng Shui Garden.
There are certain fundamentals to remember when you begin to plan your Feng Shui garden.
Entrance – Energize the entry to the garden. The entrance is a key point of the entire garden. Add a warm lamp to your entry. Install lights along your driveway to make your place look inviting and cheerful. Light up your door. The Chinese use a lot of red because it is a very auspicious colour. Consider painting your door red as this can be very charming and welcoming. Hang wind chimes above your door to help facilitate the positive flow of Chi into your home, and brush them with your hand when you walk by to hear them chime.
Balance – Create balance by mixing different sizes, shapes and colours of plants so that no one species is overwhelmed by another.
Water – Water symbolizes prosperity and creates Yin (feminine) energy. Water features such as pools, ponds and fountains are beautiful and encourage beneficial Chi.
Light – You can create more Yang (masculine) energy by using garden lights to add light to the garden’s dark areas.
Space – A Feng Shui garden should have “living spaces” that provide a haven for friends and family to relax and enjoy the sunshine and gentle breeze.
Privacy & Protection – Trees or large shrubs will provide privacy and protection at the back of the garden.
Paths – Paths should never be straight, as Chi energy would run too quickly towards your home. Your paths should meander and curve through your garden. A curved path encourages chi to move more slowly and freely. If you already have straight paths, allow plants to grow over them so the chi can circulate freely around them. Energy must flow unrestricted and freely to have good Chi; if it is blocked or stagnant you may find it hard to get moving and to keep moving. Remove obstructions and clutter from your pathways, driveway & entrance to the garden. Keep them open and clear for free flowing Chi.
The Five Feng Shui Elements
We need the presence of all five feng shui elements – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal & Water – in our space in order to thrive and feel healthy.
Bagua is the feng shui energy map of your space that shows you which areas of your space are connected to specific areas of your life.
Feng shui bagua is one of the main tools used in feng shui to analyze the energy of any given space, be it home, office or garden. The map is intimately tied to the use of the five elements. It is very important to understand the Bagua and know how to bring the required feng shui elements for each specific bagua area, be it with colours, shapes or specific images. It is equally important to know how to strengthen or weaken the presence of a specific feng shui element.
The more you know about the layout of your garden – from the view of the Bagua – the more effective you’ll be in using the five elements.
If you surround yourself with things that you want and love, your energy will increase every time you see them.