West Meets East©
By Caroline Patrick
There are many ways to entice energy into your surrounding living and working spaces. Feng Shui, or the ancient art of placement, provides many formulas using the five elements, color, shapes and forms to help you decide how to utilize these systems when designing your gardens.
First, decide what type of garden will assist your life. Are you wanting a new career, college education, family unity, more money coming your way, your boss to notice your productivity, a better love life, time for fun, finding better associates and helpers in your work and play, travel and visit other places or to heal and attract better health?
The five elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Metal and Earth have properties which pull different kinds of energy or Chi into your environment. Using these energies in your gardens will bring balance and harmony to that section or area of your life.
Next, color plays a huge part in attracting these necessary elements. Each element is assigned a color. Water is black or blue black, Wood is green, Fire is red, Metal is white and Earth is yellow and other earth colors. Mixing and matching color, size, texture and shape of plants, flowers, trees and objects are yours to design.
Using certain shapes in different sections of your landscaping pulls into each Qua or area your desired element. For example Water is brought into the space with actual water or a design depicting a flowing or wavy feature. Wood is column-shaped, Fire is pointed or cone-shaped, Metal is round or a circle formation, while Earth is square and oblong.
The next decision of the gardener is "what type of garden brings me pleasure and can assist me in my next journey?" The creative process now begins and the choices are yours. Here are some examples I have used over the years.
Meditation or Praying area – any spot you choose is perfect for reflection, add a garden gazing ball for a focal point.
Healing Garden – filled with medicinal herbal plants, choose a Bagua-shaped garden design and fill with healing herbs for your dis-ease.
Children’s area – children’s play area using round shapes and herbs, swing set or tire swing, nooks and crannies for hide and seek.
Medicine Wheel – a great healing wheel of rock placement and stations of totem animals.
Wisdom Gardens – gem stones, water, earth crystals, hanging wind chimes.
Lovers Garden – two objects of equal size, statues, birds, man and woman, a bench or swing for two, a private gazebo for late night romance! A great place to conceive a new little one!
A Power Garden – rocks, gems, crystals hanging, wind chimes, temple and religious statue, design this special setting with an overview, where you can observe it from a higher vantage point.
Fame or Future Garden – outdoor fireplace, tiki torches, candles, red flowers and flags.
Retirement Garden – plants of lavender and other pastel-colored flowers, a peaceful seating bench at the end of a pathway for reflection.
Fill in your special gardens with correct-shaped trees, plants, objects and colors to empower the design even more. Use a variety of colors, aromas, sounds, lights and ground forms. Overgrown and dying foliage pull the Chi down. Discover new plant forms shapes which are up-growing lush vegetation for a healthy environment. Learn the art of placement and use the ancient science to improve your gardening.
Watch for the FENG SHUI A HOME workshop some time in June. Call 707-748-1127 for reservations!
Caroline Patrick will take you through a local home for an on-site consultation! This is the first time she has shared this knowledge with her students. This valuable experience will give you information to use in your own home. Don’t miss this opportunity for visual understanding in the art of placement.
Each room of the home can also be feng shui’d. Children’s bedrooms reveal important information for parents to help their child feel secure and focused in life. Family situations and money cures will be pointed out as she takes you through the bagua of the house.
Caroline’s Arts & Feng Shui Shoppe
129 First St. Suite K
Benicia, Ca. 94510
1-5 daily, closed Mondays
All clients and students receive a 10% discount on their purchases at the Shoppe open 1-5 daily, closed Mondays.
Caroline is available for speaking and teaching engagements. For consultations, call to make an appointment.
Caroline is a feng shui consultant, artist, herbalist, newspaper columnist, businesswoman, author and teacher. She has conducted over 2500 feng shui consultations. She has taught art for over 35 years. Her weekly column West Meets East can be viewed on her website moongateschool.com. Caroline’s advise is only considered suggestions and she is not responsible for any problems relating from her suggestions.