How Feng Shui Turn Your Yard into an Oasis

cpi_80255_1__46632.jpg Introducing feng shui design into your yard will help circulate its energy into your home and your life.

Do not be concerned if your garden is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is relatively unimportant. 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.

Whether you are introducing feng shui design to your home or garden, the tools are the same. The first task is to understand the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is important to start by comprehending how to strengthen each of its five elements.

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.

Anyone thinking about adding a water feature into their garden should place it in one of these feng shui areas: North (career & path in life), Southeast (money and abundance), or East (health & family).

Putting up a Wall Water Fountain in Your Home

Make any living space more attractive with a wall fountain. The effects of the water sounds include bringing peace and calm to the room.

While any room will benefit from a wall fountain, they are most often hung in entryways. Although the instructions for hanging one are fairly straightforward there will be minor modifications depending on the model. Be sure that all the various parts are used in building it. It will be necessary to connect the pump and tubing, and the base will need to be secured to the top part. Remember to review the directions before getting started in order to avert errors. It is normally a straight-forward procedure. Note, however, that the guidelines for your specific model can vary a bit. Another person can be helpful to hold the wall fountain in the correct place so that you can mark the wall. To ensure it will be straight, use a level. Mark the position where you want the top of the wall fountain as well as the bottom. There is more than a single method to install a wall fountain. You can put the screws in the wall and slide them into the slots on the back of the wall fountain.

One other method is to place it on brackets you have secured to the wall. This option tends to be suggested for heavy wall fountains. Make a spot on the wall where the brackets will best fit on your wall fountain. Drill pilot holes in the wall wherever you need to position the drywall anchors. Attentively hammer the anchors into the wall. Hold the brackets in place on the wall and use a portable drill or screwdriver to affix them. The wall fountain is all set to be placed onto the brackets. Ensure that it is firmly mounted and straight. When you are sure the unit is secure, fill with water. The pump should be completely submerged under water. The water will begin to move as soon as you plug in your fountain. The water basin should be filled to approximately one inch below the top edge. Note that it will overflow when not pumping if you fill it to the top. The water level will rise because all of the moving water will settle down at the bottom part of the bowl. If the fountain is overly full, water can spill out and cause damage to the immediate area.

The Wondrous Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Fountain in Rome

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian antiquities in Rome have come across an abundance of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The celebrated marble sculpture called the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) is located in the portico of the basilica nearby. Since the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was located off the beaten track, it remained mostly obscure. Due to the fact that the nearby area was depressing and mostly uninhabited, people were not particularly interested in visiting it. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a fountain to modernize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. August 11, 1717 marked the date when construction on the church’s infrastructure began. After blessing of the first stone, medallions with the illustration of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were tossed into the foundation.

The Defining Characteristics of Classic Greek Statues

Archaic Greeks were well known for providing the first freestanding statuary; up till then, most carvings were made out of walls and pillars as reliefs. Most of the freestanding statues were of young, winsome male or female (kore) Greeks and are termed kouros figures. The kouroi were considered by the Greeks to embody beauty and were sculpted with one foot leading and an uncompromising stiffness to their forward-facing poses; the male statues were always strapping, sinewy, and undressing. Life-sized versions of the kouroi appeared beginning in 650 BC. A massive age of transformation for the Greeks, the Archaic period helped bring about newer forms of government, expressions of art, and a higher comprehension of people and customs outside of Greece.

Wars like The Arcadian wars, the Spartan invasion of Samos, and other wars among city-states are indicatory of the disruptive nature of the time period, which was similar to other periods of historical disturbance. However, these conflicts did not significantly hinder the advancement of the Greek civilization.

The Demand for Fountains in Japanese Gardens

No Japanese garden is complete without a water feature. Since Japanese water fountains are viewed as symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned in the doorway of buildings or shrines. It is uncommon to see extravagantly-designed Japanese fountains because the emphasis is supposed to be on the water itself.

Bamboo is a widely accepted material to use for spouts and therefore often integrated into water fountains. Below the bamboo spout is usually a stone basin which receives the water as it flows down from the spout. People usually make them appear weathered and worn, even when they are new. People want their fountain to appear as natural as possible, so they put plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. Clearly this fountain is much more than merely a nice add-on.

For something a bit more one-of-a-kind, start with a bed of gravel, add a stone fountain, and then decorate it creatively with live bamboo and other natural elements. After some years it starts to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss covers the stone.

Anyone who has an extensive spot to work with can, of course, out in a much larger water feature. Nice add-ons include a babbling brook or tiny pool with koi in it.

Japanese fountains, though, do not really need to have water in them. It is okay to use representations of water in lieu of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. You can also assemble flat stones and put them close enough together that they look like water in motion.

Suggestions for Your Ideal Retreat Indoors or Out

Including a feng shui fountain in your living area is certain to add to creating a sense of harmony and serenity. Putting in a garden or home waterfall is an easy means to make this happen. It will undoubtedly contribute a lot to the interior and exterior of your residence. The best place for your outdoor fountain is a spot where you can see it from indoors too.

Plants and flowers are also important for the most gorgeous water fountains. The best idea is to add some plants which be pretty no matter what the season. In addition, consider adding other elements such as an outdoor fireplace, art, or interesting stones.

Outdoor Elegance: Wall fountains

Nowadays you can just put your garden water fountain against a wall since they no longer need to be hooked to a pond. Due to the myriad possibilities available, it no longer necessary to deal with excavations, difficult installations or cleaning the pond. Due to its self-contained nature, this fountain no longer requires plumbing work. Adding water on a regular } basis is necessary, however. Your pond and the proximate area are sure to get dirty at some point so be sure to drain the water from the basin and fill it with clean water.

Stone and metal are most common elements used to make garden wall fountains even though they can be made of other materials as well.

The design you are looking for determines which material is most appropriate to meet your needs. Outdoor wall fountains come in many shapes and sizes, therefore ensure that the style you decide to buy is hand-crafted, simple to hang and lightweight. The water feature you choose needs to be easy to maintain as well. Even though installing certain fountains can be hard, the majority require little work because the only parts which need special care are the re-circulating pump and the equipment to hang them. You can rest assured your garden can be easily juiced up by installing this kind of fountain.


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