So in the spirit of the gardening season, I thought I'd share some tips for Feng Shui-ing your yard and garden. There are many Landscape Feng Shui experts out there and I don't claim to be one of them! But there are some pretty tried and true Feng Shui techniques that can help improve the Feng Shui of your yard. The benefit is it's attracting more healthy vital chi towards your home and YOU! You can't go wrong trying a few of these simple tricks.
1. Make the entrance to your property noticeable and attractive. This can be as simple as planting vibrant flowers around your mailbox and marking the start of your driveway with some painted rocks.
2. Light the way. Use lamp posts, walkway lights, landscape lighting and/or over the door lights to mark the pathway to your home. Of course this makes it easier for guests to find but it also helps guide the chi towards your home.
3. Add a water feature like a bird bath, fountain or pond. These are fabulous chi enhancers for any space. A bird bath will invite in birds which are a vibrant sign of health and vitality. Flowing water is symbolic of money in Feng Shui so that is why fountains and ponds are considered so auspicious. Two cautions here -- first arrange your fountain so that the water is flowing TOWARDS your house - not away (you don't want your "money" flowing away from you) and second only keep these landscape pieces if you can maintain them. Broken fountains and stagnant ponds symbolize little or no money flow ... and I don't know many people who want that!
4. Highlight important areas with flags, statues, benches, gazing balls, wind driven decorations and more. Use these! But use them in moderation to guide the chi to area's where you want it. Too many of these just become clutter to the eye and confuse the chi.
5. Apply the bagua map to your property. Once you know where your wealth corner, relationship corner etc are you can enhance each of those life areas with embellishments that speak to you and your wishes for those parts of your life. For example, you could choose to place your victory garden in your wealth corner to symbolize abundance. Or you could place a bench or a pair of chairs side by side in the relationship corner to encourage togetherness and partnership in your relationship. (Image of Bagua Map borrowed from www.feng-shui-and-beyond.com)
So if you're going to be outside this summer, try adding the extra touch of Feng Shui to your yard and garden. It will feel better and may even call in some extra luck and opportunity for your family. It's another layer to gardening that makes it somewhat purpose driven and full of intent for me. Let me know what you try. Send any questions you might have to me in the comments below or on the Facebook page and I'll answer them!
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