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Feng Shui Your Outdoor Landscaping With These Five Water Features

Designing your water features using the Feng Shui tradition just might bring you luck. The correct placement of ponds, fountains and other water features also helps with the flow of good energy. The belief is that water contains the "Qi" or energy flow. By placing your water features in specific places, using water feature repair from sites like, and keeping them well maintained, you encourage water's good energy to flow into your home. "Qi" is also referred to as "Chi."

Your Good Luck Waterfall

Waterfalls are not only visually appealing, their bubbling sounds invite relaxation. A Feng Shui waterfall ideally must look like a natural waterfall. Building it from real rocks and stones is best. The water shouldn't fall just straight down, but flow from one rock to the next on a "staircase" of stones. The more "steps" you have on that staircase, the more time the water has to capture available energy from the wind, which is the "feng" part of the equation. Your waterfall should flow towards you home, preferably towards a door or window. If you place the waterfall facing the other direction, all that energy and its resulting good luck will be wasted.

Feng Shui Ponds and Fountains

Deeper water, especially in ponds that have fish and/or water plants, holds more energy. Goldfish are considered especially lucky. The ideal number is 8 goldfish for money and abundance and one black goldfish to bring you long life. That water must be kept clean for maximum effect. Installing lights in or around your pond adds to the positive energy flow. Ponds should be free-form, curved or round with no pointed edges pointing towards your windows or doorways. If your pond has a fountain, it should not be so large that it overwhelms the pond. The fountain should also have curved edges and have the water flowing towards your home.

Feng Shui Your Well

Wells in many urban settings are mainly decorative. Even so, if water is flowing into or out of the well, it should be round or oval to keep with Feng Shui tradition. The pumping mechanism must be maintained so the flow of water into and out of the well remains constant. If you can see the well from your home, you should be able to see the water bubbling out from the inside. Of course, the flow should be facing your door or windows.

Bird Bath Feng Shui

Bird baths attract not only birds, but other creatures in the animal kingdom, which increases the energy factor. A Feng Shui bird bath should be round or oval and the water should be changed every day. A bird bath, or any other water feature, should not be allowed to run dry. The energy evaporates along with the water, once again being swept up by "feng," the wind. Make sure the front of the birdbath, if there is one, faces your home to maximize the energy flow. An added bonus is having the best view of all the action when the birds and other creatures come to visit.

Swimming Pool Feng Shui

Technically, a swimming pool isn't a water feature, if you look at it from a landscaping point of view. But as far as Feng Shui goes, if it holds water, it's an energy-holding water feature. Just as in the pond, the preferred shapes are free-form, round or oval. Square or rectangular pools are not compatible with energy flow, especially if one of the corners faces your home. Feng Shui followers believe that swimming in the pool helps to increase the energy flow. Of course, this may be a subtle way of getting followers into the water for their daily workout.