There are multiple Feng Shui disciplines. In general, Feng Shui is the art of carefully planned spatial equilibrium within one’s environment, whether that’s your garden or your home. Reference used for this blog: Feng Shui for Gardens by Lillian Too.
Here are 5 basic Feng Shui principles regarding water in the garden that we keep in mind when designing and building a pond.
Water Must be Alive
A pond is an excellent Feng Shui feature for any garden, if it is healthy and full of life. A murky, or lifeless pond will generate bad luck. The Pond Gnome works with natural rock and stone, appropriate aquatic plants for our Sonoran Desert environment, fish (either goldfish or Koi), and beneficial bacteria & enzymes to create a complete closed ecosystem. Our ponds are full of lush plants and beautiful floating fish. Take the FREE pond tour when you have a few moments to simply sit and experience the atmosphere created by a pond or flowing stream.
Don’t Overpower Your Space
Feng shui is all about harmony and balance. Ensure that your water element fits naturally into its environment. A pond or stream will almost certainly be the focal point of your garden, but it should not overpower the space. Waterfalls are too often built too high or too loud for the space and it ruins any beneficial Feng Shui effects (not to mention, can be a constant irritant to the people trying to enjoy the ambience). Water is a powerful force in the art of Feng Shui; be very careful not to over-build. In Feng Shui, balance is everything!
Embrace The Space
The pond or stream should be laid out in a way that appears to embrace the house. You want people to wonder how the heck you managed to find a house right next to a pond or stream. It should not look contrived.
Light Up Your Life
A dark pond brings with it an abundance of yin (bad) energy. Add underwater lights to give life-affirming yang (good) energy to an otherwise dark area that saps energy from the overall garden space.
Let It Flow
Water in motion should be flowing towards the home, preferably toward the front door – and the slower the better. Too much flow, where water is splashing and breaching the edges, can cause dangerously bad Feng Shui: chaos.
There is a TON of reading and research to be consumed on Feng Shui. Our recommendation is to find a discipline that you feel you can live with. Just like ponding in general, ask 5 different people, get five different opinions.
The Pond Gnome believes in working with Mother Nature to keep your pond and its maintenance as simple as possible. If this is what YOU’RE after, contact us to get started on your project today!