Using an Outdoor Water Fountain in Feng Shui
Feng Shui was developed over 3,000 years ago in China as both an art and a science. Feng Shui teaches the art of bringing energies into balance for good fortune and health. In Chinese, the word Feng means wind and the word shui means water, the combination of which represents good fortune and good health in Chinese culture. 

The Taoist vision and understanding of nature is the principle on which Feng Shui is based. This vision embraces the idea that land is alive and packed with energy (chi), which is directly responsible for the type of luck one experiences in life. Feng Shui is made up of the yin and yang consisting of five elements: earth, fire, wood, metal, earth, and water. 

As Feng Shui has gained popularity in recent years, so have waterfalls. Water features are believed to stimulate and move the chi, drawing in more cosmic life energy. Water fountains are believed to refresh and recirculate the chi to create a refreshed feeling in a room or area. In Feng Shui, outdoor water fountains are particularly important because they can attract wealth and success--the flow of water is equated with the flow of money. 

When placing an outdoor water fountain, you should set it to face north, east or southeast. Ideally, directional garden waterfalls should also be placed with the water pointing toward the house to create the proper balance. Yin and yang are terms that represent the connection between opposing forces in the natural world, with each pushing each other to rise in turn. 

A garden represent protection for a home, and the inclusion of a garden water feature will not only help to make sure that all aspects of nature are represented in the garden, but it will also represent movement, harmony and balance, bringing energy into your life. The yin of an outdoor water fountain is important in a garden to balance the yang of the more stationary aspects of nature. 

Even though there are numerous shapes and size of water fountain available, the shape and size are irrelevant in terms of Feng Shui. A Feng Shui map can show which regions of a home or yard should be dedicated to family, wealth and career, as well as which areas are connected to which elements, thus helping you to determine where to put the water feature for maximum benefit. In general, water placed near the entrance of a home attracts wealth and success. 

Finally, always be mindful of the symbols or images that appear on outdoor water fountains. Taller freestanding fountains should have images of bamboo or fish, while tabletop fountains are more beneficial to the Feng Shui plan if they feature stones or lotus blooms.