Summer adventures are about to begin as vacation time becomes official with Memorial Day weekend. Whether you travel or stay close to home makes no difference in your quest for scavenger hunts and summer memories. Feng shui is definitely helpful in creating lasting impressions and iconic meaning because feng shui speaks to you in a language that has basic patterns and principles.
A basic pattern is a security blanket when you're looking to collect special moments and meaningful events. One such pattern among many can be found in the world of gardens. Summer is a wonderful time to research and explore a variety of gardens. You can do garden tours at home or abroad and discover all kinds of unusual features. In context with feng shui we would like to introduce you to the patterns of Chinese gardens and specifically to the unforgivable experience of a moon gate.
The moon gate fits into the basic patterns of pathways and gateways, but it is iconic because it makes a strong statement of tradition and symbolic value. As a simplistic form, the moon gate is a circular opening in a wall, however, once you discover that it is an ancient portal design full of meaning, you will learn how and why it is a living structure that has more than ornamental value. Our living memory that is based on a number of important characteristics that inform the pattern language of moon gates.
• Traditionally the moon gate is a round opening in a wall.
• It can be a portal between gardens.
• It can be a portal between the outside public world of everyday life and the inside private world of a home.
• It creates a transition from one place to another.
• The moon gate, due to its name and shape, speaks to us of connections to other planets and other worlds.
• Because of its shape, the moon gate symbolizes cohesiveness of the family.
• In feng shui the circle resonates with the metal element which is weak and pulls toward the center.
• The circle and the metal element have strong characteristics of focus and completion.
• With circles, more than any other shape, we must distinguish between seeing and being.
• Circles are powerful equalizers as being in a circle erases boundaries and hierarchies.
• The moon gate is also symbolic of birth and renewal starting with the new moon in the cycle and then celebrating the continuous cycle of life.
• The moon gate creates a frame for the view that lies beyond.
• In the Chinese culture this framing capacity was carefully selected to optimize the distant object in a Chinese garden.
• The pictorial quality of a moon gate is a perfect example of what it means to select and create a living memory.
Stepping into a circle is a powerful experience. You are surrounded by positive space which is the frame work, but you enter the negative space which is the void, and in your visual field you encounter the selected view which is created by the geometry of the circle. This is the basic pattern of the moon gate. It becomes a living structure because of repetition, variation and differentiation. As a unique icon of Chinese gardens, the moon gate has instant recognizable in its basic form but comes to life in its many variations on a theme.
Collecting our living memories on summer vacations, thus, becomes a search for basic patterns which, once identified, live on in a great variety of materials, shapes and colors. Feng shui encourages awareness of the senses and how we experience our world but relationships on focus and legality for our purpose and function in life.