Arethusa, Spirit of the Rivers and Springs of Surákousai

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Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Each new and full moon, I receive my signs and synchronicity just like you, and its how those of us, who take them much more seriously, guide a lot of our moon and dreaming path, in order to sharpen our focus and our intuitive nature as the years go buy. The second half of this Solar Eclipse (August 21, 2107) cycle, is this full moon, the more internal eclipsing and reflection to release what has surfaced. Eclipses always set off a cycle of seasons and half yearly seasons.

Water is a language of the emotional body and our many souls, regardless of how many souls are re-attained. These are the empaths, the feelers, the seers, the intuitive (not the psychic) because its the gifts of the emotional body and soul bodies, not the mental body like channelers, psychics and mediums experience. The water women are atoned to body and soul, not mind body.

Sicily SYRACUSE Onkia Nymph Arethusa & Octopus Rare Ancient Greek CoinThere are water women who range from simple to the most complex and to the highest spiritual levels of simplicity. Not everyone will go pass the half way journey because the sacrifices are too demanding in loss and isolation. The mermaid and water sprites are the simplest of all water women, they are maiden regardless of age, and more group oriented. The nymph and rusalka are much more complex and fall into the adult or mother stages as water women who nurture and bring forth life.

The celestial water spirits, like Arethusa or the Goddesses of the Oceans are the grandmother stages, and can be attained as a water journey, if both their maiden and mother years were lived, experienced self destruction, healed the self through it all and then became free and forgiving to all. The journey of a water grandmother as a water being is the most difficult of earth, air and fire, for it encompasses almost all of the earth (the water) and its fluid yet destruction for purification purposes.

I had come upon the Lydian kingdom the past two weeks, which was an ancient culture in Troy (modern day Anatolia or Turkey) and Anatolia had appeared three times since the Solar Eclipse as a synchronicity. The third is always a charm for me when something appears. Its said that the Lydians of ancient Turkey were the first to actually invent money in the form of official coins. Running across Arethusa a few days later, I felt a strong pull with her essence and I know that somehow, there is a connection to do some weaving magic in my dreams at night, my waking life and the passion of ancient wisdom.

The city of Syracuse is located on the east coast of Sicily and was originally a Greek colony founded by Corinth in 734 bce. The city enjoyed a period of expansion and prosperity under the tyrant Gelon in the 5th century BCE, survived a two year siege by Athenian forces from 415 to 413 bce, and again prospered under the tyrant Dionysus in the 4th century BCE when the city controlled much of Sicily and large portions of southern Italy. Dionysus was the first ancient Greek to figure out exactly how to destroy the prehistory circle of woman, by luring the maidens with dark sex and drug/alcohol rituals.

Once maiden became unstable, she left the eternal goddess spiritual circles of mothers and grandmothers and the elder male stepped in to teach her the new ways of serving men as women and elder women. The seeds are so corrupt at the beginning that when women try to heal today, they must go back so far into their past lives to free their soul. That takes lifetimes of healing as the water women suffered the greatest and their gifts were then under siege and used against them, call magic or the mysteries of woman’s path.

Under Dionysus rulership into the temples along with the political cult of Apollo, and his teachings spread life wild fire all over the world. We call that paganism today at its root beginnings or its foundation from the past.

Arethusa of Siracusa (asteroid #95) has been one of my synchronicity that has arrive, and there is not much written about her. I find that interesting because there are so many coins with her portrait (a symbol of value), for such a random Nereid (nymph). I looked up both where Arethusa falls in my own natal chart and where she is for all of us this full moon.

Lets begin with the rising of the tides, of that powerful water and fire within us to move deeper into what holds us back and make our personal spiritual journey more ‘personal’. That takes courage to crash against the shore over and over to find the medicine or gems we need to feel at peace, to heal our self, to speak our truth and practicing healing or letting go of relationships that are abusive to us or tear our self esteem down.

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Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

ARETHUSA arose from her couch of
snows in the Acroceraunian mountains;
From cloud and from crag with many
a jag, Shepherding her bright fountains.
She leapt down the rocks with her rainbow
locks streaming among the streams;

Her steps paved with green
the downward ravine which slopes
to the western gleams; and gliding
and springing, she went, ever singing,
In murmurs as soft as sleep.

The earth seemed to love her, and heaven
smiled above her, As she lingered towards
the deep. Then Alpheus bold, on his glacier cold
with his trident the mountains strook;
And opened a chasm In the rocks; with
the spasm, as all Erymanthus shook.
and the black south-wind.

It concealed behind the urns of the silent snow
and earthquake and thunder did rend in sunder
the bars of the springs below; The beard and
the hair of the river-god were seen through
the torrent’s sweep, As he followed the light
of the fleet nymph’s flight, to the brink of
the Dorian deep.

“O, save me! O, guide me, and bid the deep hide me,
for he grasps me now by the hair!” The loud Ocean
heard, to its blue depth stirred, and divided
at her prayer; and under the water, the Earth’s
white daughter fled like a sunny beam.

Behind her descended her billows, unblended
with the brackish Dorian stream; like a gloomy
stain on the emerald main, Alpheus rushed behind
as an eagle pursuing a dove to its ruin.
Down the streams of the cloudy wind.
Under the bowers where the ocean
powers sit on their pearled thrones.

Through the coral woods of the
weltering floods, Over heaps of
unvalued stones; through the dim beams
which amid the streams weave a network
of colored light; And under the caves,
where the shadowy waves are as green
as the forest’s night.

Outspeeding the shark, and the sword-fish dark,
under the ocean foam, and up through the
rifts of the mountain cliffs, they passed to
their Dorian home. And now from their
fountains in Enna’s mountains, down one vale
where the morning basks, like friends once parted,
grown single-hearted, they ply their watery tasks.

At sunrise they leap from their cradles steep
in the cave of the shelving hill; at noontide they
flow through the woods below and the meadows
of asphodel; And at night they sleep in the rocking
deep beneath the Ortygian shore; Like spirits that
lie In the azure sky, when they love but live no more.

Sarah Young image Arethusa Bathing

“The Syracusans seemed to have a special pride in their Arethusa. After all, her fountain and pool was in their city. Unlike the great pan-Hellenic gods and goddesses (Zeus, Athena, etc.) that could be claimed by all of the Greek people, Arethusa was viewed as Syracuse’s own unique Deity and most likely was the Patron Goddess before invasions. Furthermore, Arethusa was portrayed as noble, beautiful, charming, graceful and even stunning. Perhaps these attitudes motivated the Syracusan die-engravers to create numismatic art of the highest order.” 

Goddess Nymphs (spirits of the earth, air, water and fire)…

There are two Arethusas, one who was the Nymph of Syracuse, Sicily and the other, a Hesperide nymph who live in the beautiful garden, situated in the Arcadian Mountains (Greece) and at the western extreme of the Mediterranean, near Mt. Atlas. In this garden grows the trees with the golden apples of Immortality. The Hesperides are Aegle, Arethusa, Erytheia and Hesperia. They are also called The African Sisters.

The Hesperides were the most famous Greek Goddess-Nymphs of evening and the golden light of sunsets. They were the daughters of Nyx (Night) and were entrusted with the care of the tree of the golden apples, which was had been presented to the goddess Hera by Gaia or Mother Earth. They were assisted by a hundred-headed guardian, a Dragon named Ladon, who would ensure that safety of the golden apples, even if they had gotten into the hands of darkness, would take vengeance if compromised, when that time came in the future.

This is because the Hesperides were also the keepers of the balance of Heaven. The nymphs and their glowing, golden apples were regarded as the source of the golden light of the humans who had reached immortality, and the symbol of that was the golden light of sunsets – a phenomena of heaven. Because the demonic forces of the underworld also must pay for their imbalances and destruction by tearing down the earth making it hell on earth, so too does heaven tear down the great forces of evil. This happens every 25,000 year cycle at its end of time into no time or dreamtime.

Hesperides and the golden apple tree, Athenian red-figure hydria C5th B.C.
Hesperides and the golden apple tree, Athenian red-figure hydria 500 bce.

The etymology of the word Syracuse seems to have derived from “Sirokos” which means the Sirocco Wind, or from “Sirakousai” which means the “Salt Water” and some scholars, however, argue that the name is in reality of Phoenician origin, signifying The “Rock of Sea-gulls”.

Areth means “Waterer” and usa means “Essence” and together, she bears the great title of the Nereid who is the “Essence of Water.” Like fire, water is the great purifier and the great renewal of life. Arethusa is the original water bearer of the dreaming cultures, long before any Greek every stepped foot on earth. In her mere mortal goddess life, she was the daughter of Nereus and the Goddess Doris and it seemed that power was part of the essence of the earlier nymphs.

According to Greek tradition, Crete was also a Nymph, who gave her name to the island. The name Crete could have probably some connection with the words krato, -ein, “reign,” and kratis, -o, “strong, powerful.” Crete’s father was said to be the Sun God Helios and the tales about her origin and about her relations had to demonstrate the glory of the island Crete, showing it as powerful.

Nymphs were associated with the Spirit  of water or land in a more celestial light. The Roman writer Ovid called Arethusa by the name “Alpheias”, because her streams are believed to have a subterranean communication with the River Alpheius, in Peloponnesus. Arethusa was a daughter of Siracusa (Syracuse), the ancient Mediterranean cultural place, which has vast archaeological sites, on the edge of their modern city today. Rare treasures of temples, amphitheaters and an ancient castles, on the Island of Ortygia which was a center of Greek, Byzantine and Judaic civilizations. Physical evidence of these three cultures can still be seen today and finds items that date back to 1500 bce. Prehistory Siracusa (Sicily) had lasted for a thousand years until Rome conquered it in 212 bce.

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century, it was destroyed and taken over again by Vandals and Goths, and the Byzantine Greeks of the Eastern Roman Empire took it in 535 ce. For a few years in the middle of the seventh century, the Emperor Constans made it his capital and then the Arabs arrived in the ninth century, converting the large cathedral into a mosque, which earlier was converted from a large Greek temple to Athena.

All of these destruction’s eclipsed Syracuse in population and affluence. Arethusa as the spirit of the sacred waters, sacred springs, lakes and rivers connects her more to the indigenous tribes of those thousand years. In her beginning story, she had to flee her home in Arcadia beneath the Sea and came up as a fresh water fountain on the island of Ortygia in Syracuse, Sicily. This makes her an actual “element” spirit or goddess, like the winds of Zepher, or the Spirit of Water and Fire, not a human nymph. Needless to say, Arcadia was important to her story and why she fled. Why do women ever flee, women know why afterwards, but not during their great flight.

The Arcadians were an ancient tribe situated in the mountainous Peloponnese (what is now southern Greece and later famous because of Hercules). It was considered one of the oldest tribes which settled the area, and were proto-Greeks, mentioned by the ancient authors as Pelasgians. It is clear that the Arcadians were considered as the original inhabitants of the region and Arcadia seems to have been a cultural refuge.

When the Greek Dark Age descended (1200 bce – 800 bce), certain gods and goddess became more in demand, and as patrons of Arcadia who are: Hermes, Psychopomp, Magic and Thievery; Pan (Dionysus), Destroyer of the circle of maiden, mother and grandmother through dark sex magic, intoxication and alcohol into rituals; and Atalanta, Daughter of the King of Arcadia. Why did Arethusa leave Arcadia? Most likely war and the destruction of the old goddess.

Tetradrachm of Syracuse Arethusa, 405-400 BC-syracuse-sicily-classical-periodAfter her arrival to Syracuse, she who was the River and Springs Goddess, were given to the god Alpheus and she was demoted to NereidIn Arcadia, in her clear stream and was bathing in the form of a human, not water, not knowing the river god Alpheus was watching her, he flowed down through Elis to the sea. He fell in love with her during their encounter, but she fled after discovering  his intentions. She wished to remain independent and the attendant of Artemis who was the newly founded political goddess.

After a long chase, she prayed to her goddess to ask for protection, and Artemis hid her in a cloud, adding the element of cloud goddess of rain, moisture, storms to her story. But Alpheus was persistent, and she began to perspire from fear, and soon transformed herself into her stream form. Artemis then broke the ground allowing Arethusa another attempt to flee. Her stream traveled under the sea to the island of Ortygia, but Alpheus flowed through the sea to reach her and mingled with her waters. This short story of Arethusa says so much, not only on a goddess level, but also a shamanic culture level of the soul and its ability to shape shift. Since the Greeks chose to share nothing of woman’s powers, their gifts of the actual souls ability, small pieces of very small stories say so much.

Arethusa is on the coins of Syracuse, Sicily, which were minted between 415-400 bce, during Demeter’s search for her daughter Persephone. In symbolism, coins and money mean value or values, and combining that with her soul water element, it is the value of the soul that she had stood for before Greek conquests. For the soul is eternal, but needs the moisture of nature, love, stability and peace in order to heal or retain gifts of the soul, or to return them.

In one of her stories, Arethusa entreated Demeter to discontinue her punishment of Sicily for her daughter Persephone’s disappearance. She told the goddess that while traveling in her streams, she saw her daughter looking weak and sick as the queen of Hades. Arethusa’s most popular version of the legend as daughter of Nereus and Doris who passed her time in the retinue of Artemis the Romans’ Diana, Huntress and Goddess of the woods.

Herself a huntress, Arethusa vowed never to marry and be a priestess of Artemis. But these were newer stories, as the long-lived, beautiful nymphs maidens were usually associated with natural locations, such as streams, mountains or forests. But not the stream itself. Arethusa was a river nymph and her myth originates geographically with the River Alpheius in the city state of Elis in the northwestern region of Peloponnese.

Syracuse Arethusa-classical-periodCertain parts of this river, which empties into the Ionian Sea, passes underground. The message of the story, if one can be said to exist, involves more than lust, love or desire. It seems to say something about some woman’s need to be free and escaping judgment and repression emotionally.

The Arethusan Spring on Ortygia was a sacred place to the cult of Artemis. The Greek flowers that grew there were said to come directly from Greece, and it was said that a cup tossed into the Greek river would emerge in Arethusa’s Syracusan spring, which today is a freshwater pool. The classical names Aretha and Areta are based on the name of this eternal nymph, the ancient Sicilians’ protectresses of Syracuse. It has been suggested that the Arethusa’s underground spring feeds the mikvah of Syracuse in Ortygia’s Jewish Quarter.

For eight centuries the legend of Arethusa survived as part of the fabric of Syracusan life, just as Persephone’s cult endured at Enna in central Sicily. Their stories bear a striking similarity which may not be entirely coincidental. The cult of Arethusa remained strong throughout the Roman rule of Syracuse.

The statue of Arethusa laying at the feet of Artemis…

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The coinage of Syracuse began around 515 BC and, unlike the coinage of other city-states, tetradrachms were among the first coins minted. The availability of silver to the Syracusan coiners was the most likely reason for the prompt development of this large denomination.

The silver coinage of Syracuse is interesting in terms of both its artistry and diversity. Arethusa was the water nymph associated with Syracuse. She was pursued by the river god Alpheos from Peloponnese to the small island of Ortegia, which is a part of Syracuse. When she re-emerged in the freshwater spring at Syracuse, she became the patron of this city-state which was dependent upon the water that surrounded it.

 

arethusa - hair dolphins coinOver the next several decades, her head was enlarged to take up most of the coin while the four corners of the squares metamorphosed into four dolphins, re-affirming Arethusa’s status as a water-nymph. By the fifth century, the artists of Syracuse were experimenting with a multitude of different styles and images for the water nymph. Through varied hairstyles and different types of ornamentation, the artists achieved the greatest elaboration when they signed their work.

A usage of simple design and low relief mark the first issues of the fifth century. Arethusa has an archaic eye, a fleshy nose, parted and slightly upturned lips, as well as simply-punched hair that invites comparison to the immensely popular Athenian trade coins of the same time. Several years later, the artists developed a more naturalistic Arethusa with more realistic hair formed by lines rather than punched dots, a beaded diadem or laurel wreath instead of the modest linear diadem, and eye features that fill the voids prevalent in the earlier issues.

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Astrological chart for the Full Moon in Pisces, within the Solar Eclipse cycle (Aug 21 2017) and awakens the great renewal and karmic purification.
 

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Phoenix is a dreamer (shaman); folk healer; emotional body healer, wise elder, astrologer, energy healer, seer reader, and much more. If you would like to work with her, please write Eldermountaindreaming@gmail.com. Sources: Steven Roach was a PCGS intern in 1999. About the Author: Palermo native Vincenzo Salerno has written biographies of several famous Sicilians, including Archimedes, Frederick II and Giuseppe di Lampedusa; Tetradrachm of Syracuse Arethusa, 400 BC-classical-period coins; www.bestofsicily.com; Sarah Young’s Illustration of Arethusa. Hesperides and the golden apple tree, Athenian red-figure hydria 500 bce.

Water Charms

The Healing Waters and it’s uses for Spaces, Cleansing and Intentions by Phoenix of Elder Mountain –  As artists, healers, dreamers, magicians, pagans, witches, druids and moon children, we deserve a spiritually clear and clean space. In our busy lives, many do mind-body practices like yoga or meditation to balance, but there is something missing and that is our emotional and soul care. Rituals and counsel which assists us in feeling calm in a non-physical and non-thought way. And to help us reconnect back to ancient times when ‘water’ rites were very important. The spiritual tradition of our emotional and soul bodied health.

water paper cut

Intense energy from within the self or others or life itself, leads to soul loss, inability to ground emotionally, inside the self or from life itself, which can energetically allow chaos into our personal lives or our living area which can make our home, place of work all statically charged effecting our emotions. Too much electricity and lights and florescent lights will do the same thing. Even extra feelings of stress when there is not the flow of liquids occurring within, will effect us. For those who live on a river, near an ocean or a creek, it can cut down on stress, but living in a rushed or busy life, we can add water rites into our home or living area in very small but effective ways.

Here are some helpful things I have learned and used along the way and this one is very simple to keep your spaces “emotionally clear” – I have never used crystals because as a dreamer and magnetic (empathic) person, the energy of crystals charges and always disperses energy like electricity (which its suppose to). But my composition as an artist, dreamer and healer is that I need the energy to soften, not only me but my space. About 15 years ago, I began to use large a sacred bowl and fill it with water with my intent of whispering to the water element asking it to be receptive for me and take any emotional releases when I held goddess and then moon  circles. I started then to use it more, a few years later because I was doing a lot of healing work and meditation every week with other healers and my own healing practice. What was just my two once a month circles with the water bowl, became several times a week in my healing practice and I began to feel the presence of intentional water right away in my living space. It then became a permanent sacred water bowl in my living room from then on.
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For those who love water in general, or like to swim in a pool, hot tub, creek, river or ocean or you feel all watery and emotional or empathic in general, you will find this type of clearing and cleansing makes you feel lighter of burden in small ways. I began adding a large bowl of water to my main living area and I whisper specific things into the water, asking it to receive any and all emotional releases from me, my children, family or clients and apprentices that visited my home and around my home in general. I moved a lot in the last twenty years, so I was always having to set up new altars, new spaces where many people had lived before me, so before I even moved anything I would do a water and fire cleansing. I even use it for any shadowy souls who roamed before I was strong enough to push them out as a shaman. Many shadows attached to my clients who came over for healing work, and because they had issues with healthy boundaries, more difficult and intense things happening to them and the bowl of water in my healing room helped both them and me weekly.

On each new moon, put a large “bowl of water” and let it sit the entire moon cycle (month) in the living room or in the room which is most active or your healing room. Change the bowl of water on the next New Moon and whisper again, adding in fresh water and repeat the process until the space feels lighter (or you notice it being light). I started off this way but about ten years ago, I keep it out year round.

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You can add some seasonal herbs to sit in the bowl of water like St. Johns’ Wort (fresh) or Rosemary from the garden. In Winter I add a little Pine with dried Mugwort that was dried in the Autumn and I do that for my dreaming to remain clearer in my cottage when I awake in the morning from a night of dream travel. Try your own favorite herbs and keep note if it feels lighter in the room or space, if it doesn’t – go back to pure water or try a different combination of herbs. Generally I only add the herbs if its a challenging moon cycle (we generally will get 3 moons a year) and I will know this from the previous years of moon work for the past 22 years what will repeat on a given moon cycle, since this is what I teach.

I also brush myself off and throw the energy into the water when I am feeling that sticky feel after being in town. As a healer, I also do this with clients with chord cutting work, its mandatory so they release all of the residue of emotional energy from their astral body. When I go to a healer, I ask them to set a bowl of water out during the session just in case they enjoy an occasional wine or something like that and I don’t want to absorb it from their emotional body.

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I learned in my 40s when I went to a lot of healers, that after a session they felt great and I felt drained even though I worked with many disciplines and healers as things arose. It wasn’t them pers sat, its just I was giving them a healing at the same time, and taking in their energy that was toxic, when they didn’t go to healers to work on their issues in life. I found out during this period, many, many healers do not go to other healers nor do they do trades, they are not getting work done and when a ‘receptive’ enters their healing practice, they get a healing also. Once I realized this, I became very discerning about who I worked with, if they did healing work with other healers, and if they were sober (no pot or drink) and this made a huge difference. I stopped feeling drained after that from the healers I went to, from then on. I chose never to go to free energy circles either, too many energy vampires.

I learned just how “receptive” or magnetic (empathic) I was in my early 40s and used the knowledge for change, and did something about it. The “intentional” water bowl, made a huge difference for me during those years and I still use it in my space, and all around me, and the ‘feel’ of a room stays clear.

Water always keeps things flowing and it is the greatest purifier of emotional energy, dream energy, even much stronger than sage. Sweat Lodges are also good because it too is water based with the fire and stones. Sage is great for both the mental body’s energy clearing and makes the physical body feel relaxed and by adding sage (earth/air elements) to the water ritual and bowl of intentional water, it doubles the clearing and cleansing.

pondEmptying your Water Bowl
When you are finished with the whole moon cycle, just take the water bowl outside and pour it on the ground asking Mother Earth to cleanse it and give her thanks. This is very important, because the moon is magnetic and pulls energy up and forth to the surface, so make sure you empty your bowl on the either the full moon or the new moon. Consistency is what keeps the flow of the moon phase that your working with.

Water Charms
Water Charms are talisman and amulets that help you when you are out and about at work, play or especially for those who live in more arid or desert environments. I recommend making them yourself and making sure that you can refill the water periodically so its not stagnant. Wearing them whenever you are in large crowds, baseball or football stadiums, etc. They will help absorb just like the home water bowl I described above.

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Magic Vial by Izile on Deviant

I have suggested that some bring a plastic or glass water bottle and fill it with water for the specific intention when they go to town or the hustle of a big city and whispering in the water to take any negative emotional energy that is around them. Make sure this water is given to mother earth to cleanse, so no one drinks from it or else they will get sick, especially children, it can be quite toxic.

Plus Water Charms, Talisman and Amulets are very creative and wonderful to make, be exploratory with images of water, mermaids, rusalkas, dolphins, whales or sea shells. Sea shells make great protection talisman for all things emotional and has been used by ancient cultures and indigenous cultures for millenniums.

The Feng Shui Chinese water element practices:
( from http://feng-shui.lovetoknow.com )

Feng shui means literally “wind” and “water” and is the ancient Chinese practice of positioning objects to achieve harmony. This involves assessing various factors including flows of Qi (energy) and the patterns of yin and yang (opposing forces) or masculine and feminine energies. Things that block the flow of Qi cause problems; things that allow it to flow freely are good. The popularity of fish tanks are due to feng shui; that both fish and water is lucky and auspicious.

Before adding any symbols for elements in your home, make sure you know in which direction your home is set and where each element is located. For example, you don’t want to add a water element in your fire sector unless there is an issue of too much fire and you need to weaken it. If you think in terms of how the real elements function in nature, it’ll help you in determine what corresponding and helpful elements to add to each sector of your home. Adding elements that fortify the energy in certain areas of your home will attract more of that element.

Water Fountains
A water fountain, small or large is an excellent symbol you can use inside or outside your home. Moving water symbolizes wealth and emotional health flowing to you. If you choose to use a water fountain there are four very important feng shui rules you need to follow when placing this feature.

  • Never place a fountain or any water feature in a bedroom. The energy is too disruptive and will result in loss;
  • Be careful when placing a fountain in your home. The mistake often made in placing a water fountain is locating it in the wrong sector. The best place for a water fountain is outside your home or in a known water sector of your home. In the Black Hat sect of feng shui, north is considered the water direction. In Form and Compass Feng Shui you’ll want to utilize the Eight House Theory and Flying Star principles to determine the sectors of your home for each element.
  • Outside fountains should flow toward your home. If you place a water feature outside your home and the water flows away from your home, you will quickly see your money flowing away from you either in mounting bills or even the loss of your job. By the same token, inside fountains should not flow out of the room or out a door or window.
  • Only use one water symbol in each appropriate room. Placing more than one water element in your room won’t create greater wealth. This will overload the energy and backfire on you by creating great loss. Remember, it’s all about balancing the chi energies in your home.

Art, Paintings and Photographs of Water
Using paintings and photos of rivers, waterfalls, oceans, and other bodies of flowing water is an easy way to introduce a water symbol into your home. Again, you want to be certain that you are placing the painting or photo in the correct sector of your home.

Chinese Character for Water
A popular way to introduce the water element into a room is by using a scroll that has the Chinese character written on it. If you’re an artist or know calligraphy, you may wish to create your own version for a frameable work of art.

Colors for the Water Elements
In Black Hat Sect of feng shiu, color is used to activate elements. If you practice this school of feng shui, you’ll want to use the colors assigned to the water direction, north. Black and blue are the first choices for water element activation in Black Hat Sect feng shui. You can also use northwest colors of white and gray.

Aquariums
You may have noticed an aquarium inside many Chinese restaurants. This is an ancient feng shui practice, taken from the use of koi ponds throughout China. The correct placement of this water feature ensures wealth and a successful business. The practice is to place seven red fish, usually goldfish, and one black fish in the tank or vice versa to activate the elements that bring prosperity. Never place an aquarium tank in a bedroom.

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Decorated Polish Well

Objects to Activate Water Elements
You can also use an object for a water symbol in your feng shui design. The Chinese use some some very specific water symbol objects.

  • Sculptures and drawings of fish, especially koi make a wonderful symbol.
  • Brass or other metal frog, especially Good Luck Frogs that sit on top a pile of ingots. This popular Chinese depiction shows the frog with its third foot firmly planted on the gold and has a Chinese coin in its mouth. This frog serves two purposes. As a water dweller, it represent water and comes bearing an actual coin to help stimulate the flow of money.
  • White cranes are a long-time favorite symbol for water. All kinds of boats and ships can be used. You aren’t limited to just Chinese symbols, you can also use American symbols of the ocean such as anchors, sea gulls, crabs, seashells, and many other symbols. Be creative in your choices for your décor. 

 

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