Wind chimes, also known as aeolian chimes, are decorative garden ornaments typically constructed of wood, glass, metal or shells in pieces that hang loosely together so they can be “played by the wind.”  The specific sound a wind chime makes is determined by its length, width, thickness and the material with which it has been constructed.

Valued for the beautiful music (tinkling sounds) they make as they sway gently in the wind, wind chimes are associated with tranquility, peace and harmony.  They come in a variety of shapes and sizes with various designs and themes.

In fact, wind chimes have been around since prehistoric times and today they are popular throughout the world.  Buddhists are well known for their use of wind chimes or wind bells, attaching them in large numbers to the eaves of their temples, shrines and pagodas.

Wind chimes are also an important element in Feng Shui. Chimes with 4, 6, 7, 8 or 18 rods are used for luck while chimes with 5 rods are used to suppress bad luck or reject negative energy.  Metal chimes are believed to be best for the north, northwest and west sectors of the home, whereas wind chimes made of wood are said to be best for the south, southeast and east sectors of the home.  

Many healing benefits are also associated with wind chimes.  The beautiful tinkling sound they produce can help improve concentration, reduce stress and soothe the mind.  

Wind chimes should be hung in a place where the wind is gentle as strong winds may damage them.  Wind chimes will not only add beauty to your home and garden, they will also bring about an element of harmony and peace to your surroundings.  Perhaps this is why they are popular gifts throughout the year.  After all, who couldn’t use a little more tranquility?


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