What You Need to Know About Feng Shui Fountains

Feng Shui (pronounced as fung shway) is an ancient practice based on art and science. Developed over 3,000 years ago in China, the practice of Feng Shui teaches us how to balance existing energies to encourage good health and abundance in life.

The word Feng means wind and shui means water. In Chinese culture, wind and water means good health and fortune, and bad feng shui means bad luck or misfortune.

Feng Shui is patterned after the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the premise that the land is alive and packed with chi or energy. Ancient Chinese believed that the land's energy is directly responsible for the good and bad luck that come in people’s lives. The basic components of Feng Shui are the yin and yang consisting of five elements: wood, fire, metal, earth, and water.

In recent years, the practice of Feng Shui popularized indoor waterfalls. Interior and exterior water features move and stimulate the chi, attracting the cosmic life energy. Fountains and waterfalls circulate and refresh the chi at the same time providing a refreshing ambience. To achieve the correct chi, place directional water features so the water "points" toward the house or into the room.

Feng Shui fountains come in various shapes, sizes, and design. However, in Feng Shui, the shape or size of the fountain does not matter - the location of the fountain is more important. A home or room should have the Feng Shui map properly aligned over it in order to analyze where the specific energies are located. The map has regions dedicated to family, career, wealth and putting a water feature in the wrong location is detrimental in bringing the full benefits of Feng Shui. For example, there are areas of a room or house that are dominated by the energy connected to the element of fire and if you happen to mount a wall fountain within these areas, the necessary energy will be blocked by the water element.

On the other hand, water placed near the main entrance of the home, no matter the position or points of the compass, it tends to attract success and wealth.

Finally, whether you choose tabletop, wall mounted or floor fountains, you should also consider the symbols or images that appear in them. Seek out wall fountains that have images of bamboo or fish, or tabletop fountains with lotus blooms or stones to benefit the Feng Shui plan.

Overall, water fountains provide additional health benefits by releasing negative ions that helps air purification. They also increase humidity levels and decrease the level of dusts, pollutants, and static electricity.

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