Feng Shui Concepts
Feng Shui Tips for Landscaping
By Jenny Liu 1.
Whether you are removing a tree, planting a tree, or having a new sprinkler system put in, this activity in feng shui is known as opening the earth. In doing so, you are exposing your home to the currents of cosmic energies. Our Earth, like our bodies, is a living organism and just as we expose ourselves to potential infection when we are cut, it is similar when we cut or open the Earth. Thus, there are many cases when ground breaking at the wrong time can set off catastrophic events such as illness, accident, miscarriage or injury. It is important to check the Chinese Almanac for auspicious ground breaking dates that are ideally favorable to your birth date. Not only can this prevent mishaps, but it can create advantages for you.
2. Water elements need to be kept clean and ideally be moving or circulating water. Stagnant water in fountain, ponds or pools attract insects, bacteria and is a source of negative energy that will have a defeating impact on your well-being depending on its location in your home.
3. Fix fences in disrepair. Fences define our property and represent the security of our possessions. If fences are broken, this can create vulnerability that causes financial loss or being taken advantage of.
4. Overgrown vinery or trees that cover up a window block light from entering your home. This creates yin or dark energies that can bring illness, depression or adultery depending on the orientation and the residentís birth element.
5. When laying out the landscaping of your home, try to use undulating forms that embrace your home to create a sense of harmony and security. Angular forms that create sharp points directed at your house can create an environment of opposition and challenges.
6. With attached garages, most homes are not symmetrical or balanced in form. They tend to be L-shape with missing corners. This often creates a missing sector of the house that in turns creates a weak aspect in the residentís life or prevents the resident from achieving a balance in their life. This can be amended by a tree, lamp post, flag post or sculpture (depending on orientation and residentís birth element) placed in that missing corner in the landscape.
7. Remove diseased, dying or dead plants as their negative energies can have a detrimental effect to your home.
8. A row of tall trees such as the Italian Cypress can be used to create a boundary wall to prevent energy from descending away from a slope at the back of the house.
9. A border of thorny bushes or cactus can be used to create a safety wall for protection from dark alleyways behind or next to your house.
10. If your house is located at a dead end or cul-de-sac that has stagnant energy, you can use windsocks, windmills or flags to generate and gather moving energy. The color and type will vary from case to case depending on your houseís orientation and the residentís birth elements.
Jenny Liu holds a Bachelorís Degree in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and a Masterís Degree in Architecture from UCLA. She is an expert in the 8,000-year-old Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui who shares her knowledge through seminars, workshops, periodicals and the internet. Ms. Liu is a fourth-generation practitioner with her own consulting firm. For more in-formation please see www.liu-fengshui.com or call (909) 860-0633.
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