How to Use Fountains for Good Feng Shui in Your Home

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Fountains are very popular in feng shui because they bring the energy of water, and water is an ancient feng shui symbol of abundance and prosperity. Peter Adams/Getty Images

Feng shui fountains are among the most popular feng shui cures and come in many different forms, including tabletop, free-standing, wall-mounted, and other styles. In fact, almost any fountain can be used for feng shui benefit. Fountains introduce the powerful energy of water and can be placed inside or outside the home or in an office or other workplace. Choose the location of your feng shui fountain carefully to provide the most nourishing energy and prevent imbalance or conflict.

The Benefits of a Feng Shui Fountain

Fountains are very popular in feng shui because they bring the energy of the water feng shui element, and water is an ancient feng shui symbol of wealth and prosperity. Its power is enhanced by its ability to change form—from liquid to solid to gas—and its freedom of movement or expression. Every living thing on earth relies on water for life. By activating the water element in your home or office, a fountain nourishes Chi energy and can help enhance your life journey, foster new beginnings, promote abundance, and more.

Choosing a Feng Shui Fountain

For a fountain to be used as a feng shui cure, the fountain does not have to look Chinese or Asian. (In fact, none of your feng shui cures need this look to bring good feng shui energy!) It is best when they work harmoniously with your home decorating style.

Fountains can be made of almost any material, such as metal, stone, wood, ceramic, plastic, and even concrete. Choose a good-quality fountain that has a silent motor as well as a design that is easy to keep clean. Avoid fountains with sharp edges or corners. Small fountains that hold less than a gallon of water must be topped up daily or more often. Fountains with larger basins need less frequent refilling.

A great way to strengthen the beneficial energy (called Sheng Chi) of your fountain is to place some feng shui crystals or stones in the fountain's basin. You can also choose a fountain that disperses essential oils into the air.

Where to Place Your Feng Shui Fountain

The location of your feng shui fountain is determined by the bagua, or the feng shui energy map of your space, as well as the interplay of the five feng shui elements. In general, the best bagua areas to place your feng shui fountain are the east, southeast, and north areas of the home or office:

  • East: This is the Health & Family area and is home to the bagua element of wood. Wood is nourished by the water element. A cure in this area promotes physical as well as spiritual and mental health and helps maintain peace and harmony within the family.
  • Southeast: Southeast is the area of wealth and money, or abundance. It shares the element of wood with the east bagua area. Placing a fountain in the southeast area is good not only for monetary wealth and abundance but also a wealth of blessings.
  • North: The north area is associated with your career and path in life. Its element is water—perfect for a feng shui fountain! 

Where Not to Place a Feng Shui Fountain

A fountain can bring so much nourishing energy to your home, but it can also create problems if it is not placed properly. The main locations to avoid are the south bagua area, the bedroom, and underneath staircases.

It is not advisable to place a feng shui fountain (or any water feature) in the south area because this area needs a strong energy of the fire element. Bringing water here creates bad feng shui and conflicting energy—water puts down the fire in the five element cycle.

It is also bad feng shui to have a water feature in a bedroom, regardless of the bedroom's feng shui location in the home. The water feng shui element brings the energy of worry and sorrow into the bedroom and can contribute to colds and respiratory problems. Also do not place a fountain in an area directly below a bedroom. If a fountain is in a room adjacent to a bedroom, you should not hear the fountain from the bedroom, particularly while you sleep.

Finally, do not position a fountain directly under a staircase, as this can promote negative energy that can lead to health problems and other misfortunes for the children of the household.