A gentle tinkling sound produced by wind chimes may reduce stress, tension and bring positive energy. At least, according to the popular Feng Shui philosophy. It claims that traditional wind chimes may catch good energies and remove tension or even a mental disorder. It is quite complicated, though, to select the right material for wind chimes and to find the correct path or position to let wind chimes show their full potential.
The wind chime should have the right construction with certain parts. Otherwise, the positive energy Chi may avoid such a talisman. Negative manifestations are, on the other side, probable if you use a wind chime in the wrong way.
Why does the wind chime design matter?
- As a decorative and unique interior item. The location and number of tubes are completely unimportant if you use them only for decoration purposes;
- To help the positive Chi energy circulate the house. But the talisman should have hollow tubes – it is important;
- For attracting different positive things to the house or business. When the tubes vibrate, Chi energy is activated and rises, thereby preventing its stagnation. This process of energy movement may provide a beneficial effect on the well-being and mood of all the inhabitants in the house;
- To protect all the inhabitants and customers inside and outside the room where the wind chime is hung. Especially if there is something behind your window that creates negative energy, you can safely hang the talisman by the window opening. The source of negative energy can be a garbage dump, a hospital with the morgue, even the corner of a house next to it, etc.;
Major materials used for making wind chimes
When choosing a wind chime, do not focus only on the beauty of an object decorated with bright figures and symbols. The appearance of the talisman won’t attract Chi energy. The amulet gains strength after the right choice of material, which must correspond to such Feng Shui elements as earth, fire, wood, water, metal. For example, if your element is earth and you purchased a metal wind chime and placed it in the “metal” location, the talisman may turn into a dangerous item. This may lead to traumas and mental disorders.
There are 3 major materials used for making wind chime parts:
A metal chime may attract wealth to your house or business. Their friendly metal tone may slow down the harmful energy present in your home. It is possible to create metal chimes out of silver, copper, aluminum, brass, and bronze materials that produce a very loud tone. In your home, metal chimes have specialized in lowering any negative energy in your house/business.
The North, West or Northwest areas are the major directions where you should place a metal wind chime. Such a placement immediately entices good luck in the household. And when you hang these chimes in the West direction, a family member may experience pride and honor for his or her works.
2) Bamboo (wood)
A bamboo wind chime makes a soft, harmonic sound when its wooden rods hit each other. The bamboo wind chimes help to avoid negative energy and fill the space around them with positive vibes. By hanging a wind chime by the window, you may bring protection to your house.
Bamboo wind chimes can also make a nice interior decoration since they create relaxing, stimulating sounds. You may place bamboo chimes near the entrance or against the wall to add some interesting accents. Wooden and bamboo chimes can be placed in the Southeastern, Eastern or Southern areas of your home/business. The eastern and southeastern directions provide the best movements of positive Chi energy.
Despite the simplified title, these wind chimes are typically made from ceramic, glass or pottery elements. You may use these talismans as a decoration object or for spiritual purposes. A ceramic wind chime may bring passion and good luck to any house/business. Ceramic chimes cost less than metal pieces.
Find the right location to place your wind chime – it should be seen from all areas of your building. If you place ceramic wind chimes in the Northeastern direction, then it may bring good luck. If you put it in the Southwest area then love and romance can visit your house. To strengthen the health of all the family members, place this piece in a central room of your house.
The key elements of wind chimes
Any traditional wind chime has 8 various elements and parts to consider. All these elements of wind chimes should work together to make nice sounds. These elements are:
- Overall length;
- Ring hook;
- Suspension cord;
- Top circle;
- Central cord;
The overall length of a wind chime determines how long the chime would be, as well as the length of its tubes. The ring hook secures the instrument and holds all its weight.
The suspension cord is connected to the top circle, which enables each tube to float freely. The clapper can shift toward the tubes to produce different tones.
The clapper moves freely since it has a central cord, and it often has a sail on the end of it. The wind can move the sail part that pushes the central cord. In its turn, the cord moves the clapper that produces all the sounds you hear when the wind power goes through the tubes.
Now let’s take a closer look at all these elements:
1) Overall length
A small chime can create a different sound than larger chimes as the length of the tubes affects the pitch of the produced tones.
2) Ring hook
Many wind chimes have a hook that can hold the chime. Usually, it is made of copper. The metal is solid and can survive all weather elements. Consider choosing the hook that won’t rust easily, especially if you need to place the talisman outside the house.
There are a few options you may follow to hang a wind chime with a ring hook:
- Use a heavy-duty hook that is 37 inches long;
- Use an assortment of various hooks to place the chime whenever you want;
- Use an 11-inch hook;
- Use hook clips that may hold up to 6-pound chimes. It is a great choice if you want to rotate the talisman up to 360 degrees;
3) Suspension chord
Polyester is a good material for a suspension cord to make it resistant to certain environmental factors.
4) Top circle
The top circle takes numerous shapes, such as being constructed of metal or wood, etc. The material you pick for the wind chime is essential to the overall look and suitability. In general, wooden wind chimes would have wooden tops and bottoms, not metal pieces.
The clapper may offer a variety of sizes and materials. Typically, a clapper or striker on the bell is round to spread the vibration evenly.
6) Central cord
The central cord should be picked the same as the suspension cord. Most of all, it should be robust and rust-resistant.
It is one of the most important wind chime parts. There are 2 guidelines to remember:
- A small sail needs less breeze movement to move the chime;
- A larger sail needs more wind power;
The height of the sail determines the volume of noise the chime creates.
As for the tubes, there are certain guidelines to follow if you want to create not just a beautiful wind chime but also a meaningful spiritual talisman for your house/business.
What does the number and length of tubes mean?
The tubes are probably the most significant components that influence the tone of the chime. There would be a determining factor in the average length of the tubes of which sort of sound the chime would make. Remember a few guidelines when it comes to the length of wind chime tubes:
- Longer tubes may produce deeper tones;
- Shorter tubes will produce high-pitched sounds;
The number of tubes of classic wind chimes is extremely important if you need to use it as a Feng Shui talisman:
- 5 tubes attract positive energy in all directions;
- 6 – attract good luck. Such wind chimes should be made of metal;
- 7 tubes represent the 7 treasures of the Buddha. Such talismans attract financial success, career growth;
- 8 tubes mean prosperity. Eight is considered a sacred number in the Easternern philosophy;
- 9 tubes may bring the overall fullness of everything. Such a wind chime may provide stability, fortitude, financial and personal well-being, and protect against failures or traumas;
A wind chime picked for destroying Sha (Sha is a negative Chi energy according to the Feng Shui philosophy) should always have 5 hollow tubes. All chimes also have rods against hollow tubes.
The number of such rods is also important:
- for the southwestern direction – 2 rods (it will add popularity if combined with 9 tubes, it is better to hang such talismans in the living room, but this should not be placed in a bedroom);
- for the east – 3 rods;
- for the southeast – 4 rods;
- for the northwest – 6 rods (will spread good luck);
- for the west – 7 rods;
- for the northeast – 8 rods;
- for the south – 9 rods;
The number of rows in wind chimes
There are options when rods, pagodas and bells are combined together and arranged in several rows: 5, 7 or 9. These numbers are meaningful:
- 5 rows give a complete picture of 5 elements: earth, water, fire, wood and metal. The elimination of negative energy and attraction of positive energy in 5 areas of Feng Shui takes place;
- 7 rows also symbolize seven treasures of Buddhism. Such a tool accumulates benevolence and also brings good luck, wealth and career success;
- 9 rows may bring strength, nobility, fullness, wealth. Such a talisman removes instability and failure;
Wind chime pendants/suspensions
The main purpose of any wind chime is to attract Chi energy for use in places where a person lives and works. This Feng Shui tool is used to recharge negative energy flows into positive ones.
A wind chime becomes a practical spiritual talisman when the pendant is added. Its form also matters:
- A bell/pagoda/dome suspension is usually added to the chimes hanging near temples and monasteries. Hanging them in the house is not always beneficial, as they are believed to attract spirits, which may inhibit the top of the pendant. They may dissipate negative Sha energy. Such a chime can serve as a protective talisman for the ill residents of the house;
- A long suspension made of metal won’t bring any luck or success;
- A sloping suspension will swing and rotate strongly even with a breeze power. It is good for ritual processions and temple ceremonies, but not for the living room;
- A round suspension (the tubes hang in a circle). The circle symbolizes completeness, harmony and abundance. Such a suspension can be suitable for living quarters, especially for the hallways and living rooms;
- A fish (at both the top and bottom of the talisman) may symbolize luck and wellbeing;
Picking the best wind chimes for different purposes
You may find many guidelines about the places where you can put wind chimes in your house or office. Most of these rules are directly related to the certain Feng Shui Bagua zones. They define the purpose and functions of wind chimes according to their placement in a room:
- If you place a metal talisman in the northwest part of the room, then guardians will definitely come to you;
- To attract fame and popularity, use ceramic chimes with two, eight or nine tubes and place them in the southwestern part of your room;
- Metallic wind chime with five, six or seven tubes located in the western part will speed up the realization of your creative plans and improve family relationships;
- A metal chime in the northern direction may attract career success;
- Hang a ceramic talisman in the northeastern part of the room for good grades on exams;
- A wooden wind chime with three or four tubes can help to improve your relationship with your parents. You need to place it in the eastern part of the room;
Wind chimes come in different colors and sizes. The number of tubes also varies – from 3 to 8 pieces. Bamboo and metal talismans are the most favorable choice if you need to bring luck or wealth to your house. You can create your wind chime using the traditional pieces or add some fresh ideas into your DIY project.