Exploring the Symbolic Meaning of Wind Chimes

Exploring the Symbolic Meaning of Wind Chimes

Wind Chimes are often seen as common household decorations today. They are popular for their aesthetic value and pleasant sounds that create a peaceful atmosphere inside modern homes. Interestingly, there is a deeply spiritual and historical significance to wind chimes.

The ancient Chinese invented wind chimes over 3000 years ago.They believed that wind chimes have a great significance in Feng Shui, where these chimes are called Fenglings. Feng shui is an ancient Chinese system of arranging buildings, objects and space in an environment to achieve harmony and balance. Feng shui means “the way of wind and water.” Some cultures claim wind chimes can be used to drive away evil spirits and attract positive energy.

Wind chimes started to gradually spread across the world through the East-West trade, finally making it to Europe and the Americas. Due to their natural appeal, wind chimes spread across homes and gardens all over the world.

According to the Vedic system of Vasthu Shastra , wind chimes support the harmony and alignment of chakras in the human body and help get rid of any ‘Vastu dosha’ - understood as bad luck or negative energy.

Similar to the resonance of Tibetan singing bowls and tuning fork wind chimes are believed to have healing powers. Some claim that their soft, melodious chiming aids in releasing unfavorable energy and bringing clarity.

One can find a number of wind chimes with traditional designs and carvings. The most widely used bell or rod numbers in wind chimes to draw in good energy are six and eight. Using a chime with five rods is advised for people seeking to quell negative energy.

Hanging a chime with an image of the Buddha in the north-east direction is said to promote spiritual development. The symbols on wind chimes determine their placement in a home. In Feng Shui, It is ideal to place them near the main door to keep the positive energy circulating throughout a living space. It is also believed that wind chimes should never be placed above or on the front of a door.

While you can hang wind chimes any place in your house, it is recommended that you explore such details so you can gain desired effects.

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