Traditionally, certain patterns have a certain effect.
The various elements and drawings in this zen gardens all have a special meaning and effect. The interpretation of the elements is not prescribed although you can find some basic similarities.
Especially the four elements of stone, water, moss and tree are found in Zen gardens. Stones are used to draw the view of the conteplator and stand for animals in nature or decending gods from heaven. The water stands for lakes or oceans or for gods that coming across the sea. In the special form of Kare-san-sui raked patterns in the sand are used to represent water. The moss stands for age and the tree is the symbol of life or the symbol of humanity, because people are as individual as a tree, but also a part of the whole.
By resting comes maturity
Islands, impulses from the middle
male (clockwise rotation) or female (left-hand side rotation) energy gain
Calm, tranquility, the calm before the storm
the strong, quiet power of the sea
even kinetic energy
creek or river, rapid change