Feng Shui in the Garden
“It surrounds us, penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” Obi Wan spoke of this invisible energy field, The Force. Most of us have imagined moving objects with our minds. Especially the few hours after taking in the latest Star Wars epic. Its a beautifully powerful exercise. Reaching out. We could swear that we felt it. Yes, you’ve done it…admit it!
The Force is strong in the garden. We’ve all experienced the garden that just pulls us in. That ‘something’. That je ne sais quoi. That Force reaching out to us from the foliage and blooms. The percussion of water as it beats against stone. The hypnotic rustle as a breeze awakes a noble tree. The sweet spot where the sun showers us in warmth.
On our planet the Force is realized through elemental design principles, Feng Shui. Feng Shui is nothing new. The design principle has been practiced for over 6000 years. There is enough information out there to make your bagua spin. Orientation of elements is simple. There’s a map(bagua) for that. Selection and representation of a particular element, on the other hand can prove illusive.
Keep it elemental. I have found that Mother Nature is forgiving and that her elements tend to ‘tell you’ where they should be placed. It is defiantly an exercise in feel and flow.
Just being present with the world around you can bring some rewarding insights and a deeper understanding of Creation.
In my introductory phase, I tended to select representations that were a bit too literal. Fire (South) for instance had to be a firepit/fire place or grill. As I evolved I found that
Tiger Eyes Sumac, lava boulders, and Japansese Blood Grass were valid representatives. For metal (West/Northwest) I find that silver and copper foliage are great allies. Just a a couple of tips.
I invite anyone who would like to explore ‘The Force’ in the garden to dig in and get dirty. Find a little corner and Zen it out! Elemental design principles have served me well. May the Force be with y’all!
Yours in the garden, Chris