7. Lake – creativity/joy
Continuing our series on feng shui for the garden. (This is the West sector of your property if applying the compass school approach or the middle right hand sector as you enter your property from the street if you are using the BTB western school of feng shui.) See my blog-post on setting the bagua for your home for more information on this – you simply apply the same information onto the plot your home sits on in the same way you apply the bagua to the floorplan of your home.
Joyful reflection and celebration
Also known as “lake” in the I-Ching, the essence here is of joyful reflection on the past, celebration and looking to the future. This energy has an association with creativity of all kinds from arts and crafts which you create yourself and also with children.
This energy represents imagination, the arts, music and anything which gives us pleasure.
It carries the essence of lake energy and the element of metal. It is an area to express your creativity in any form.
This area represents our sensory organs – taste, smell, touch, sight, hearing. In particular fragrant blossoms, glistening ponds and melodious music enhance the essence of lake.
Having some fun; enjoying the fruits of your labour
Metal energy is associated with harvest – reaping what you have sown and enjoying the fruits of your labour. Perhaps grow something in this part of the garden which you can harvest and bring into your home – beautiful flowers or fruits and veggies for example. This will encourage you to harvest the fruits of your labour and create wonderful supportive meals for yourself and your family.
The addition of white, silver, metallics and metal objects will introduce the essence of metal energy as will rounded shapes and arches in design and layout.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Keep this part of the garden free from clutter to allow creativity to flow.
- Introduce the metal element in the form of rounded shapes, arches, domes or metallic and reflective surfaces.
- Introduce the supportive element of earth in the form of stone paving or stone sculpture to ground this energy in.
- Introduce beautifully scented plants with white flowers (Jasmin for example) to stimulate your senses.
- Introduce design elements and planting which you find particularly beautiful and luxurious, which bring you joy by the memory they evoke or by their appearance or scent.
- This area has an association with lake therefore this is a wonderful part of the garden to introduce a pond or reflection pool.
- Think “beauty for its own sake” in this part of the garden – what will inspire you to be more creative in your own life?
- Add some beautiful sounds to this part of the garden with tuned wind chimes
- Make room for quiet contemplation to enjoy the fruits of your labour here. Surrounding yourself in a metal arbour for example, with beautifully scented plant which flower or add interest at different times of the year.
- Allow this part of the garden to become overgrown or cluttered – allow it to feel fresh and inspiring.
- Over-emphasise the fire element here(reds/purples/red-orange in planting, actual fire in the form of fire pits or lighting) as the fire element will reduce or diminish the impact of metal.