How to Include the Positive Aspects of Feng Shui to Your Yard

ft_262_art__39457.jpg Introduce feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can bring energy into your home.

As far as the size of your yard goes, it is not extremely important when adding feng shui design to it. If you have a lavish, charming one, that is great, but even a smaller area works well with feng shui design.

The main feng shui tools can be utilized for your home decor as well as your garden design. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an extension of your house's bagua, so it is essential to figure out your home’s first.

Before getting started, 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. A Zen garden with some pretty natural rocks is perfect for that spot, as the rocks represent the Earth element.

Anyone thinking about incorporating a water element 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).

Do Animals Like Water Fountains?

House pets may be dubious of a new water feature so be certain to take them into consideration before purchasing one. Your pooch could think that your stand-alone fountain looks like a big pond to drink from or a pool in which to swim. Your pets will not be negatively influenced if you include a wall fountain to your yard. Give some thought to the best place to put your water feature if you do not want birds to use it as a bathing pond. Setting up a birdbath is a fantastic alternative if you want birds to check out your garden, however. Wall water features are excellent for indoor use as well if you want to sidestep these matters. Exclusive mansions, in addition to dentist’ and doctors’ offices, often have such fountains on show.

The Root of Contemporary Wall Fountains

During his rule (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the intellectual Pope Nicholas V directed scores of translations of old Greek classics into Latin. Turning the city into the deserving capital of the Christian world was important to him, so he also took steps to enhance it. Beginning in 1453, the ruined Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had brought clean drinking water into the city from many miles away, underwent restoration at the bidding of the Pope.

Nicholas V also embarked on the building of mostras, an ancient Roman practice of putting up spectacular public fountains to indicate the terminal point of an aqueduct. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was commissioned by him to build a wall fountain where we now find the wondrous Trevi Fountain. The water which ultimately supplied the Trevi Fountain, as well as the acclaimed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona, came from the renovated and modified aqueduct.

An Introduction to Self-Contained Garden Water Elements

Given that self-contained fountains are both low-cost and easy to install, they are very popular. You do not need any more components because they all come included with the instructions for your fountain. Fountains that have their own water source are also referred to as “self-contained”.

Stand-alone water fountains are quite easy to install making them the perfect option for your patio or veranda. Due to the fact that they are versatile, it is simple to relocate them whenever you want.

The landscaper will first check that the place where you want your fountain to go is flat. Lawns and gardens tend to be uneven so your landscaper will have to even out the spot where you want to put it. You are now prepared to set up your water feature and fill it with water. The only thing remaining to do is to connect it to a power source such as batteries, a wall socket, or a solar panel, and it will be functional.

Since it is free-standing and does not need an external water source or plumbing, a self-contained fountain is optimal for anyone looking for ease and convenience. Although a fountain can be a focal point anywhere in a garden, many people place them in the center. You will find them in myriad different materials such as cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

From Where Did Fountains Originate from?

The incredible architecture of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to complete your home.

Pure practicality was the original role of fountains. Residents of cities, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains had to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Used until the 19th century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their origin of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from gravity. Designers thought of fountains as amazing additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to supply clean water and honor the designer responsible for building it. The main components used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes.

During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create mini variations of the gardens of paradise. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were intended to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. To mark the entrance of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the construction of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts arrived in the city of Rome

Indoor plumbing became the main source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby restricting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity helped fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

Contemporary fountains are used to adorn community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enhance recreational and entertainment events.

A Magnificent Example of Roman Expertise: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Waterwork

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian antiquities in Rome have come upon an abundance of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The nearby basilica is mainly renowned for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its entryway. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was created in 1719, it was off the beaten track and mostly unknown as a result. Since the nearby area was depressing and mostly abandoned, people were not particularly interested in visiting it. As part of an effort to refurbish the piazza outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was commissioned by Pope Clement XI to take on the job. August 11. 1717 was when work on the church’s foundation began. After blessing of the first stone, medallions with the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown into the foundation.


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