How Feng Shui Make Your Backyard into Place to Relax

115441_5601_silo__65704.jpg Introduce feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can bring energy into your residence.

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

Feng shui techniques are identical whether you are working in your garden or your home. The first step is to know the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

Before getting going, make sure you understand 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 part of your garden because that part of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. Since rocks epitomize the Earth element in feng shui, you might consider putting some into a tranquil Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Anyone thinking about adding 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).

Ancient Crete & The Minoans: Garden Fountains

During archaeological digs on the island of Crete, a variety of varieties of conduits have been identified. These provided water and extracted it, including water from waste and storms. They were commonly built from terracotta or stone. There were terracotta pipes, both circular and rectangle-shaped as well as waterways made from the same components. Amidst these were terracotta conduits that were U shaped or a shortened, cone-like shape which have only appeared in Minoan society. Knossos Palace had a advanced plumbing network made of clay piping which ran up to three meters under ground.

The water pipes also had other applications including amassing water and diverting it to a centralized area for storing. Hence, these piping had to be able to: Underground Water Transportation: Originally this particular process appears to have been designed not quite for ease but to offer water to specific individuals or rituals without it being spotted. Quality Water Transportation: There is also information which concludes the piping being used to feed fountains independently of the local process.

A Real Roman Masterpiece: The Santa Maria Fountain in Cosmedin

Both Christian and pagan artifacts have been found in by the load by archaeologists and restorers searching the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The well-known marble sculpture called the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen in the portico of the basilica nearby. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was relatively unknown and located far from sight making it difficult to visit. For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a drab and deserted part of the city. In order to modernize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to create a fountain for the area. The task of laying down the church’s first stones began on August 17, 1717. The blessing of the first rock to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed in showing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

Acqua Vergine: The Answer to Rome's Water Challenges

Rome’s very first elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was built in 273 BC; prior to that, people living at higher elevations had to depend on local streams for their water. Outside of these aqueducts and springs, wells and rainwater-collecting cisterns were the only technologies available at the time to supply water to areas of high elevation. To deliver water to Pincian Hill in the early 16th century, they implemented the new technique of redirecting the current from the Acqua Vergine aqueduct’s underground channel. As originally constructed, the aqueduct was provided along the length of its channel with pozzi (manholes) constructed at regular intervals. Though they were originally designed to make it possible to support the aqueduct, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi started using the manholes to get water from the channel, opening when he acquired the property in 1543. The cistern he had built to gather rainwater wasn’t satisfactory to meet his water demands. That is when he made the decision to create an access point to the aqueduct that ran underneath his residence.

Builders of the First Garden Fountains

Water fountain designers were multi-talented individuals from the 16th to the later part of the 18th century, often serving as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and cultivated scholars all in one person. Leonardo da Vinci as a innovative intellect, inventor and scientific expert exemplified this Renaissance master. With his immense fascination about the forces of nature, he investigated the qualities and motion of water and also carefully documented his findings in his now recognized notebooks. Early Italian water feature designers altered private villa settings into ingenious water displays complete with symbolic meaning and natural beauty by coupling creativity with hydraulic and gardening expertise. The humanist Pirro Ligorio, renowned for his virtuosity in archeology, architecture and garden design, offered the vision behind the wonders in Tivoli. For the many properties in the vicinity of Florence, other water fountain developers were well versed in humanistic themes as well as classical technical texts, masterminding the excellent water marbles, water features and water antics.


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