Greetings from China!
I’m spending a few weeks in the land of dumplings, absurdly long walls, and delicious tea. China is also famous for the ancient art of Feng Shui, which advises homeowners on how to arrange furniture and build houses in order to achieve harmony. Naturally, Feng Shui practitioners have a lot to say about swimming pools, aquariums, ponds and other pieces of aquatic architecture because they interact with the water element so strongly. If you want to bring the ancient art of Feng Shui into your home, then follow these basic guidelines should set you off on the right track.
1. Embrace Curves
Most swimming pools are rectangular, which is generally considered a no-no by Feng Shui practitioners. There might be certain conditions where a swimming pool with right angles is acceptable, but more often than not you’ll want a swimming pool with flowing, curved shapes to enhance the water element. Sharp corners apparently create so-called poison arrows that direct negativity in the direction that the arrows are pointing. That could spell bad news is the corners are pointing towards your house… or you could use orient your pool in a certain direction so that it dumps all of the negative energy into your neighbors’ yards.
2. Add Some Greenery
What will you probably find around the edges of most modern swimming pools? Concrete, worked stone, walkways, outside furniture, and a bunch of other manmade items. Surrounding your aquascape with so many manmade objects can be dangerous, according to some Feng Shui practitioners. You might want to add greenery to the aquascape to enhance the natural yin element.
3. Go North
Water is tied to the North in Feng Shui, so ideally your aquascapes will be towards the northern side of your home. It almost certainly shouldn’t be placed to the south, because that direction is tied to fire.
This rule does have one unfortunate side effect: a swimming pool to the north of your home won’t get as much sunlight (assuming that your home is in the northern hemisphere, of course). The sun travels close to the equator, which means that pools with a good view of the southern sky will generally be warmer than pools with views of the northern sky. Keep that in mind if you’re thinking about installing a backyard swimming pool.
4. Hire a Professional
As much as I’d love to be able to help you bring the principles of Feng Shui into your home, it’s difficult to create a universal guide because every house is unique. These basic guidelines will help you get started, but if you really want to get serious then you may want to consider hiring a Feng Shui practitioner.