Traditionally, certain patterns have a certain effect.
The different elements in these drawings in Zen gardens all have a special meaning and effect. The interpretation of the elements is not specifically required, yet there are still basic similarities.
In Zen gardens the four elements of stone, water, moss and tree are commonly used. Stones are used to capture the viewers attention and stand for example for animals embedded in nature or for gods descending from the sky. The water stands for lakes or oceans or for gods coming over the sea. In the special form Kare-san-sui patternd raked into the sand are used to represent water. The moss stands for age and the tree is the symbol of life, or the symbol of humans, as people are both individual as a tree, but also part of the whole.
Through calmness maturity is reached
Islands, impulses from the center
male (clockwise) or female (anticlockwise) energy amplification
Quiet, calmness, the quiet before the storm
the strong calm power of the sea
rhythmic motion energy
Creek or river, fast change