FENG SHUI CONCEPTS
Growing Prosperity Feng
Shui for Gardens
T. Liu, M.A.
Spring arrives as Mother
Earth renews herself with a show of fresh buds and colorful blossoms. Beckoning
your attention to the outdoors, she reminds you of your ability to tap into the
power of nature through the gardens that surround your home. When you tend to
your garden, Mother Earth returns the favor with abundance.
Every tree, flower, or
vegetable you plant not only provides oxygen and nourishment; it will clean the
air, soothe the eyes, attract birds, bees, and butterflies, and calm busy
minds. Most of all, your garden directly connects you to nature’s infinite
shui, the outdoor environment is important as it
of-ten affects the energies inside your home. Imagine your body as the house
and your clothes as the garden. Just as the colors, textures, quality, and
style of your clothes inevitably affects your self-image, health, productivity,
confidence, and well-being, so does the landscape around your house.
According to feng shui theories, plants can be
categorized under the Five Elements based on their growing season: shape,
color, flower, fruit, smell, use, and symbolism. When possible, landscape with
plants, statues, and fountains that promote you, based on your birth chart or
on the annual Nine Star energies.
Though money cannot grow on
trees, many plants and trees are symbolic of prosperity. Fruit trees such as
the pomegranate are associated to fertility, mandarin tangerine trees are
symbolic of abundance, and kumquats are seen as golden ingots.
Because the plants represent
growth, an auspicious fruit tree can be planted in your wealth, marriage, or
scholarship direction to bring energies of good fortune into fruition.
Plants can also be used to
correct poor geographic conditions. Trees, shrubs, and hedges create “green”
structures that balance negative land contours. For example, if your backyard
slopes down, causing energy or money to drain away, you can plant a hedge along
the back border, or two large trees in the two back corners as a buffer to
prevent energy loss and keep wealth energy in. Roots also serve as anchors to
prevent landslide, further stabilizing your home’s energy.
There are some plants that
are considered negative, such as prickly plants with thorns or needles.
Generally, they should not be planted where they can cause harm or injury.
However, in some cases, they can serve a positive purpose. If your home is
exposed to animals, or you have a dark alley way behind your house and there is
the potential for robbery or vandalism, you can plant cactus or thorny bushes
as a means of protection for the house.
It is vitally important to
maintain healthy plants. Dead, dying, or diseased plants should be removed to
avoid spreading decay and the perception of illness. If you must remove large
trees, it is a good idea to check the annual Nine Star Chart to make sure the
groundbreaking is taking place in a stable direction. Determine an auspicious
date for removing trees and perform a blessing ceremony for especially old
Large trees, ivy, and vines
can block life-promoting sunlight from entering windows and potentially cause
damage to the house’s structure and foundation. Walls covered with thick vines
are prone to pests, and a perpetually dark or “yin” house can cause depression,
low energy, and have a negative impact on the residents’ health.
Fountains, ponds, and pools
should be placed and designed to create positive feng
shui. Pay attention to the water feature’s
orientation in relationship to the house, its material, size, and the subject
matter of any sculpture that is part of the fountain.
Even the water flow is
important to consider. Some fountains have water flowing downwards, some have
water that sprays upwards, and some just bubble. Each of these will affect the
frequency of your yard differently.
For example . . . an upward
spouting fountain is energizing and stimulating, while a bubbling fountain is
soothing and garners energy. Your birth chart will determine the type of water
activity, orientation, and the style of fountain that benefits you and your
family the most.
If you do not have a garden,
bring nature’s balancing energies into your home by framing inspiring views of
a garden with strategically-placed statues that have special meaning or
symbolism. Popular statuary includes lions for power, deer to attract helpful
people, turtles for longevity, elephants for protection, and meditating deities
Lastly, you can create
outdoor rooms with furniture and canopies to activate energy in these sectors
and to create comfortable outdoor gathering places, allowing you to easily
enjoy all that nature has to offer.
Master Jenny Liu holds a BA
in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and an MA in Architecture from UCLA.
She is an expert in feng shui
who shares her knowledge through seminars, periodicals, and the internet. For
more information please see Liu-FengShui.com, or call Jenny at (626) 272-4901.