In Feng Shui science, wind chimes are a remedy with healing and energizing purpose, vibrating in harmony with the energy of the Universe. Since the fifth century BC, from the time of Confucius, the Chinese were aware that the sounds can influence the state and health of human beings, therefore they looked for a way to create a special music to help them gain balance.
About the sounds created in harmony with the forces of universe we learn from their countless legends. Huang Chung (yellow bell) is believed to be at the origin of the Chinese musical system (the system which, according to some sources, was invented in the third millennium BC).
The name of Huang Di emperor (who reigned between 2698 and 2598 BC) is associated with the invention of the bamboo instrument (often described as a flute or as a set of bamboo pipes) to which special mathematical formulas were applied in order for the sound to be „in tune” with the Universe.
The purpose of the emitted pure sounds was to harmonize the cerebral hemispheres. This is also the purpose of the wind chimes, their sound being directly transmitted to the right hemisphere of the brain, thus awakening creativity and intuition.
Their popular use spread more widely in the eastern and southern parts of Asia, from Bali to Tibet and Japan. The Buddhists were hanging thousands of elegant decorated wind chimes from the eaves of their temples, creating an almost deafening sound when the weather was very windy.
In China and Japan, this decorative arrangement gained popularity for decorating temples, as well as homes.
The Western world would get to meet the wind bell late in the 1800s, when the Asian art and philosophy started to have a greater impact in Europe and America. Today, the bells are known and used all over the world, being considered auspicious by many people.
The most commonly used model is made of hollow metal tubes or solid metal cylinders suspended by a hoop. They can have different length and thickness, but the functioning principle is always the same: at the softest breeze the cylinders strike each other or they are struck by a central pendulum .
The wind bell can be made not only out of metal or wood, but also by using other materials, such as glass, bamboo, shells, stones or porcelain.
Bamboo wind chime
The sounds of the bamboo will help to relax the body and reduce stress of the mind. Each movement brings the gentle sound of these chimes as if they are being bought to you by a breeze.
These are a great way to relieve stress in your everyday lives just by hearing the sound of these wooden chimes. They are able to produce beautiful soothing and relaxing sounds which is known to help sooth the soul. If you enjoy relaxing in a gentle breeze after a hard day of work then the sound of bamboo may be just what you need. Bamboo wind bells are also well known for their attractive musical sound, which has even been proven to be quite healing.
The Chinese have actually used them for centuries. While the appearance of the chimes may have changed somewhat over all of these years, the concept still remains the same. The Chinese believed the bamboo wind chimes bring good fortune, peace, and lots of wealth to anyone that possesses them. It has also been said that the distinctive relaxing sounds are able to help with many health aliments.
Bamboo wind bells are generally inexpensive and often times are made by hand. In fact, the materials can usually be found and ordered online or you can check out do-it-yourself craft stores where there is good chance of finding the necessary bamboos.
There are many different styles that are available on the market today. If you decide to choose these wooden chimes then be sure to add a weather treatment to them so that the bamboo will not ruin in the outdoor weather conditions.
If you choose metallic wind chimes, metal is the element that corresponds to the northern, western and north-western zones, in other words, the zones that activate the professional life. Therefore, if you wish to attract professional success, placing these decorations in the above mentioned areas can help you balance the energies in your best advantage.
According to the Feng Shui tradition, the wind chimes have the power to improve many aspects of your life and, essentially, have the ability to optimize the Chi energy characteristics, wherever they are being placed. From this point of view, the wind chimes design is important, being able to stimulate a positive propagation of the Chi energy. Thus, they consist of five, six or eight branches, each number having a clearly defined meaning.
The wind chimes with 4, 6, 8 and 18 tubes attract good luck, while the 5 tube wind chimes are able to eliminate the negative energies. Those with six branches also represent the Chien hexagram from Feng Shui studies, they symbolize the Metal element and they attract absolute luck. The hexagonal layout forms the most beneficial representation of the Metal energy, having the capacity to neutralize the Earth negative characteristics of Flying Stars 2 and 5.
Those with five branches represent the Earth element and, according to Feng Shui art, they attract the Chi energy and prosperity from all five cardinal points: center, north, south, east and west.
The wind chimes with eight branches symbolize the Blessing of Prosperity, 8 being an essential number in the popular Chinese culture.
We can also pay attention to the influence of the colors, being aware that red can be placed to the south to ensure reputation and success, or to the south-west for love and harmony in relationships, blue is suitable for the northern zone – the career zone, green to the south-west for prosperity, but also to the east for health, white can be placed to the west to facilitate communication and great ideas and also to the north-west for trustworthy collaborators and protectors.
What are wind chimes used for:
- They eliminate depression through the sounds that have a direct effect on the mind and on the energy centers of the entire body
- They eliminate monotony, an effect the five tube wind chimes is mostly credited for
- They remove the negative energies
- They increase creativity
- They have a strong aesthetic impact
Where to hang them:
- The ceramic ones can be placed in SW, NE and center (in the V they activate the children zone, while in the NW, the relationship zone).
- Bamboo wind bells in S, SE, E.
- Wooden wind chimes placed in S activate the fame zone.
- Metallic wind chimes in W, NW and N.
The wind chimes are usually placed next to the front door, right in the entrance hall, because they make all kinds of pleasant sounds when you enter the house. Even if they don’t swing in the blow of the wind, it is a good idea to provoke the sounds every time you pass them by. Also, they can be placed next to the window or on the balcony.
Therefore, for the interior of the house, it is indicated to choose metallic or ceramic (glass) wind bells.
Don’t forget about the children’s bedroom. They are going to love playing with the wind chimes. The ceramic ones are especially indicated for the little ones because they emit the faintest and most relaxing sounds.
Where to hang them in bedroom:
In the bedroom it’s not recommended to place the wind chimes above the bed, table or chairs, but in places where the energy is stagnant and it needs an impulse. We can tell if they are well placed when they induce a good mood, when we feel energized, less stressed and eager to express our creativity.
Where to hang wind chimes outside:
For the garden and balcony, you can opt for the bamboo wind chimes. The wind chimes have a strong aesthetic and relaxing impact through their sounds. For this reason, they are often placed in courtyards, terraces, in zones where the air flows freely.
The wind chimes can be left outside all year round, but it’s best to tie or store them on storm, blizzard or when the wind blows for a long time.
It is recommended to change them every 2-3 years and from time to time to wash them with rain water, to maintain their clarity and purpose.
Which are the best:
Corinthian Bells 44-inch , Copper Vein
These are made of a wind resistant material and it has a very attractive color. Place this Feng Shui wind chime on the balcony, under the eave or anywhere the wind blows in order to attract positive energy.
“Corinthian Bells” wind chimes create a pleasant ambiance in your home, garden or on the terrace. They are metallic, circular and they consist of 6 tubes that are emitting a very pleasant and relaxing sound.
Woodstock Medium Amazing Grace – Inspirational Collection
This silver chime has six tubular branches, hanging from a piece of wood. This type of wind bell attracts a favorable Feng Shui in your home through its melodious sounds.
“Amazing Grace” is one of the most beautiful and popular wind chime and, in the same time, very resistant. It can be heard at the beginning of the “Amazing Grace” song, one of the most famous Christian hymns in America.
Woodstock My Butterfly – Décor Designs Collection
This is made of black finish pine wood with 5 bronze anodized aluminum chime tubes and a rust-finish steel butterfly wind catcher.
The relaxing sounds of “Woodstock My Butterfly Chime” complete the wonderful dance of the butterfly. They can be used as decorations or you can enjoy their music, but they are mostly used as a Feng Shui remedy for gaining money and good health.
New birds and nest – 12 pieces bells bronze color
These are represented by a bird feeding its two hatchlings and it symbolizes the maternal eternal love. These chimes consist of a bird nest, together with the mother-bird, its two hatchlings and 12 bells. The wind chimes tend to have different healing symbols and can be used in various situations.
The most popular wind chimes are the ones that attract prosperity, abundance and protection, as it is the case with the above presented wind chime.