If you are planning to have a water feature in your garden or backyard, there are some basic feng shui guidelines you could follow to improve the feng shui energy surrounding your home.
The arrangement of water features in feng shui is a complex subject as water is a universal symbol of abundance. There are specific formulas and guidelines that experienced feng shui consultants apply when working with a client to determine the best feng shui location and position of a water feature.
However, as with everything, there are basic feng shui steps you can follow to create better energy.
Where do you locate your water feature in your backyard for best feng shui? Which direction should the water flow?
It is actually simple.
The first step will be to know the bagua of your garden.
Once you know the bagua of your garden, as well as understand the interplay of the five feng shui elements, you look for the best area to locate the water feature within the needed bagua areas.
For example, we know that water element is very beneficial in the following feng shui areas: East, Southeast and North. So, you find the best spot in one (or all!) of these areas and locate your water feature there.
Now, what if you want to locate a water feature in the South area, for example, or West? Would that be bad feng shui? No, it will not. It will just require a bit more mindfulness, or careful planning from your part.
You will need to understand how the five elements are expressed in shapes and colors and balance out the water element so as not to overwhelm the needed feng shui element in a specific area. If you want to place a feng shui fountain in the West, for example, then you will go for a shape, color and material of a fountain that expresses, or supports the needed in the West feng shui metal energy.
Unless you plan to install a big water feature, do not be concerned with the direction of the water flow. In any case, though, it is better to have the water flow towards your house. However, there are many factors involved, such as the size of your garden and its design, the number of fountains, etc.
Generally, you want the water, which is an ancient symbol of wealth and abundance, to flow towards your house, rather than away from it.
A beautiful feng shui garden will have all the elements, especially the water element. Do not be afraid to experiment with the design of your garden until you feel the powerful and soothing presence of the water element.