By Sally Painter
Feng Shui Practitioner
Many people add water features to their backyards with good intentions of adding a positive feng shui element. Usually, they've read that a water feature is beneficial to finances and other areas of their lives. While this is true in some cases, it isn't necessarily true each time someone chooses to install a water feature.
Things to Consider
There are many things to take into consideration before installing any kind of water feature outside your home. In the Western culture, many view feng shui as a one-size-fits-all remedy. This philosophy dictates that you can arbitrarily add a water feature to your yard without understanding feng shui principles and elements.
One Size Fits All Philosophy
There are certain principles such as elements and the directions associated with them to consider when placing a water feature in your yard. Using the wrong element in a particular area of your home does more harm than good. Placing a water feature in the Southern part of your property, for example, has the potential of destroying the fire element and inviting disaster or even loss into your life.
You need to consider each of the elements and how they interact with one another. Water is one of the five feng shui elements and as an element, water extinguishes fire. Water is responsible for career and many times the money that follows a career or job.
Adding Like Elements Isn't Always Beneficial
If your backyard is located in the North or Northwest sector of your home, you might believe that adding a water feature here is the perfect feng shui solution; however, that isn't necessarily true. If you're trying to attract more of the same element into your yard, using the same element isn't always advisable. Similarly, if you were to place the opposite element, such as water in a fire sector, then the water weakens the existing element.