Spring is almost here, for those of us who happen to live on the Northern hemisphere. No matter where you live, though, chances are that you’ll get super excited once spring arrives. It’s possibly the most beautiful season, and not even the golds and reds and browns of the fall can compare to the fields in bloom and brand new and bright green leaves that adorn the branches during this time of the year.
Many countries and cultures celebrate this special period. The Westerners’ celebration of Easter reflects the old practices of spring worship – the hare and the brightly colored eggs symbolize the fertility of the land and the birth of new life. The people in the UK still maintain the traditions they inherited from the Druids that used to live on the isles in ancient times, so during the Festival of Beltane they light huge fires to celebrate the return of the Sun. In China, though, people chose to pay respects to their ancestors, before rejoicing in the re-birth of the natural world around them.
The celebration of spring is not just a cultural thing – every one of us delights in the return of the warmer days and breathes a sigh of relief when putting away scarves and heavy coats. We go out more often and bask in the sun and warmth, thus paying homage to the almost mystic power of rebirth that we witness in the nature around us.
One of the greatest blessings of the season is the renewed opportunity to enjoy our gardens and yards. They combine all the beauty of nature with the satisfaction we get from the knowledge that we planted the bushes and flowers with our two hands, and through our efforts helped them grow strong and healthy. Combined with the teachings of Feng Shui, these benefits of a lovely backyard can really make your garden an auspicious, out-of-this-world type of place. With some of these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauties of the season, while at the same time achieving harmony with your surroundings.
1. Respect the nature
If you want to show respect for nature, don’t interfere with it. Having an area in your garden completely wild allows the life to blossom the way it wants, and creates good Feng Shui. The look of it depends only on the type of soil and the seeds that happen to be there naturally, so your wild garden can be extremely abundant, or naturally minimalistic. Whatever the final look is, it’ll be beautiful. However, if you notice any of the trees touching the house, remove the branches that make contact. Trees that touch the house bring the yin energy into the household. If any trees are dying or dead, remove them as soon as possible. They extract the positive energy from your home and can cause bad luck an illness for the family.
2. Create the aura of purity, freshness, and abundance
The element of water brings freshness, purity, and abundance into your garden. It is one of the most powerful forces of nature and brings healing energy into the home. It increases the flow of chi, and it can also help increase your income. If there are no natural ponds or streams on your property, there are many DIY options that can help you create your own waterfall, pond, or fountain.
3. Enjoy the harmony of all things
Use the five-element color cycle to create harmony in the exterior of your home. Red, pink, and purple symbolize fire, light yellow and earthy tones stand for earth, white and gray for metal, blue and black for water, and green and brown for wood. You can choose to use either the creative or destructive cycle, and both of them can balance the chi quite effectively. Go bottom-to-top; for example, if you choose the destructive cycle, and your driveway is already gray (metal), your next element should be wood, and you can paint your home light brown or green. Paint your shutters light yellow or sandy for the earth, and finish off with the black roof for water. It’s not easy work, and you’ll need professional renovation services to help you out, but it’ll be worth it – the exterior of your home will be in perfect harmony.
4. Nature knows no squares
Nothing natural is ever a perfect square. Creating square things is just a human way to make things more convenient, and it doesn’t do much for our energy. Because of that, you should opt for a round table on your patio. That way, you won’t have corner pointing at you or your family or guests, and everybody will feel much more welcome. There is neither head nor foot of the table, so everybody is on equal footing, and the conversation will flow naturally.
These feng shui tips for your garden and yard can help you improve your energy and make it easier for you to enjoy the awakening of the natural world. Enjoy the harmony you created, and relish the charms of spring for as long as you can – it’ll only be here for a few short months!
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Sarah Jessica Smith
Sarah Jessica Smith is a young blogger from Sydney, Australia. She is in love with life and all the things that can make her daily routine easier. She loves to write about home improvement, lifestyle, and all the small things that make life such a great adventure.