Many cultures in the past have referred to the Earth’s energy lines in
various ways, the Chinese called them the dragon currents in the old art
of Feng-shui, the art of balancing and harmonizing the land. By building
pagodas, temples and stones structures they believed that it helped to
heal the Earth. Feng-shui is to the land what acupuncture is to the body,
it regulates the flow of Chi, the invisible aetheric life force.
shui in the Garden
Feng Shui garden should follow nature's lead as much as possible with the
primary aim of creating harmony and balance. There are certain
fundamentals to remember when you begin to plan your Feng Shui garden.
should never be straight, as chi energy would run too quickly towards
your home, instead let them meander and curve through your garden. A
curved path encourages chi to move more slowly and freely. If you
already have straight paths, then allow plants to grow over them so
the chi can circulate freely around them.
or large shrubs will provide privacy and protection at the back of the
is created by mixing different sizes, shapes and colors of plants so
that no one species is overwhelmed by another.
features such as pools, ponds and fountains are beautiful and
encourage beneficial chi. They also symbolize prosperity and create
yin (feminine) energy.
can create more Yang (masculine) energy by using garden lights to add
light to the garden’s dark areas. Remember balance and harmony is
the key to a Feng Shui Garden.
Shui, the art of perfect placement, is about allowing life energy (chi) to
move through your environment. This positive energy brings blessings into
your life. To find perfect placement and encourage good chi flow, you need
to use various Feng Shui principles.
raise the level of chi in the garden and make sure that it moves smoothly
and freely throughout the space, you have to get rid of barriers to chi,
and you need to use Feng Shui fixes (called cures) to raise the chi
in areas where it may get trapped and stagnate.
also use cures to solve the problems that arise when chi moves too quickly
through your garden. Chi moving too quickly and can actually help create
an unpleasant environment that's agitated instead of relaxed.
yin and yang energy
is the idea that life energy can have a passive and an active side.
Yin-yang is based on a concept of the universe as containing complementary
opposites — qualities that seem to be in contrast to each other but that
actually work together. For example, soft and hard or light and dark are
qualities that complement each other.
need to keep passive and active energy (yin/yang) in balance.
feng shui in your garden will help attract nourishing, high quality energy
to your home, as well as delight all your senses.
The main tools used in creating a good feng shui garden are the same tools
you use in creating a good feng shui home. You will need to know the Bagua,
or energy map
of your home, as your garden Bagua is an extension of your home Bagua.
Garden decor can be used as subtle feng shui cures. Think of the Bagua
energies needed in each area and match your garden
decor accordingly. For example, an outdoor fountain with floating
golden bells is excellent for the Money & Abundance energy
(Southeast), while a metal sculpture of a turtle
is a great protection feng shui cure for the
Bagua is your Feng Shui placement map and symbolizes how your environment
is connected to your life. The Bagua, which is shaped like an octagon, has
nine Life Sectors that correspond with aspects of your own life as shown
in Figure 1.
the Bagua are:
Bagua is your garden's roadmap.
nine Life Sectors have a physical location in your garden and a symbolic
location in your life. All the Life Sectors should be present in your
garden. If your garden is oddly shaped, one of the sectors may be
"missing," which means that the corresponding area in your life
will have problems. So if your oddly shaped garden is missing the Wealth
sector, or what would be your Wealth sector is actually in the neighbor's
backyard, you may find yourself losing money or just having "bad
luck" — things don't go your way.
to Feng Shui principles, enhancing the chi in a Life Sector in your garden
increases abundance in that area of your life. So if you need a little
more love in your life, make sure the Relationships sector gets the
attention it needs.
the Five Elements
Five Elements— Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, and Fire must all be present
and in balance in a Feng Shui garden. The universe is made up of these
elements working together, and you want to reflect that in your garden.
The elements work together to create a harmonious, welcoming space. This
is called the nourishing cycle of the elements.