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Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 18 May 2003, and now archived in the Forum Library.



Marion  18 May 2003 
What is the idea behind having wind chimes? I read in my Feng Shui book to use them here and there for various cures. They are certainly popular, you see them everywhere for both indoors and outdoors. Do they have some spiritual/faery/ something meaning? I have one in the house, and I quite like it, but I was wondering. 


Astraea  18 May 2003 
Hi, Marion. The person I see for acupuncture told me that windchimes basically serve the purpose of moving energy along -- dispersing "clots" of energy and sending it on its merry way -- and inviting positive forces into a particular space through resonance between those forces and the tone/materials of the chimes. 


Pollux  18 May 2003 
Utterly totally with Astraea.

:D

I love them so much!!!
I'll have to get one for my bday as well... 


zorya  18 May 2003 
i third the 'moving energy thing'.

the sound can also serve as a 'be here now' kind of reminder. some chimes are even tuned to particular chakras.

faeries are said to be attracted to the sound. i've also heard that other (helpful) spirits like them as well.

i believe that the sound helps clear the area of negative energy. 


cjtarot  18 May 2003 
Poor me..kinda.

Chimes for me are personal, not healing but it's nice to know they do..

Right now my chimes are inside..in my kitchen, on my closet doors (on brackets so they chime when you open the door)..and the one or two hiding in the closet waiting for their new home (if all goes well we will be in the new house by the end of August)

The music makes me smile...reminds me how much I like sitting outside on cool windy days listening to the sounds of nature.

The ones on the closet door also let me know if someone (mostly the 4 yr old) is going in my closet.. my own personal alarm system.. lol

I think I hear somewhere along my travelsI heard that they ward of evil..

Blessings and enjoy the sound of music..

CJ
Ps I also have bells on my back door..the reindeer bells they sell at christmas.. they make a nice welcome home sounds.. 


sagitarian  18 May 2003 
This is a wonderful thread. I've always loved wind chimes, but I never knew of the spirituality of them. Unfortunately, I don't have any right now, but eventually I'd like to have a few. 


Hedera  19 May 2003 
Yes, I love windchimes, too! They make me happy. I can see how they would attract (good) fairies!

I have 2 right now, but reading this has made me want to get more.... ;)

Only trouble is, they're in front of my window, and I only hear them when the window is open and the wind is coming from a very particular direction - which it doesn't do very often.
I would love to hear my chimes more!

CJ, you wrote you had them on brackets on your doors. I have trouble picturing it. What kind of 'brackets' are those (I only really know brackets as these ))))]]]]]] things :D )? Could you describe them, maybe tell me where you would get them?

Thanks! :) 


cjtarot  19 May 2003 
Hi,

To answer the question on Brackets..They are the plastic kind you usually hook to top of a closet door when you want to hang more clothes up off the door ..I got mine at good o'l Walmart in the laundry basket section..

Picture the plant hanger brackets you attach to the wall that looks like a sideways triange with a hook on the end..

As far as the windchimes in the front windo...Run your hand across the chimes every once in a while...just to hear them...

As far as getting a few..even the ones at the local dollar store are great..just for starters...

Blessings and Chime on..

CJ 


jlbvt  19 May 2003 
Quote:
Originally posted by Hedera

Only trouble is, they're in front of my window, and I only hear them when the window is open and the wind is coming from a very particular direction - which it doesn't do very often.
I would love to hear my chimes more!

You should try bigger chimes, with a lower pitch. High pitch noises are very "directional" which means if there is something between you and the noise, you are less likely to hear it. Lower pitch noises, however, are non-directional-- which is why in a band, the flutes are in the front, and the tubas are way in the back! ;) Good luck! 


Demonesse  19 May 2003 
Astraea is basically correct. By the way, a common fault of many windchimes is that they have only four 'legs'. This is highly inadvisable in Chinese Feng Shui - go for those with three legs or five legs/more. 


Emily  19 May 2003 
I have a set of wind chimes hanging over a doorway, I've always liked to hear the chiming but my first set of wind chimes were made out of bamboo.
I still lived at home so I'm guessing it was around 23 years ago, I can't even remember where I got them from but I do remember I had them for a few of years before I got married. Now you might think that the clacking of bamboo might be irritating but it never was, many nights I would fall to sleep listening to the wind making music with these bamboo wind chimes lol.
I don't know what happened to them but I know that when I got married they didn't follow me to my new house. 


Hedera  19 May 2003 
Quote:
You should try bigger chimes, with a lower pitch. High pitch noises are very "directional" which means if there is something between you and the noise, you are less likely to hear it. Lower pitch noises, however, are non-directional-- which is why in a band, the flutes are in the front, and the tubas are way in the back! Good luck!


Thanks jlbvt, but the trouble is more that the chimes don't move, because there is no wind. Or, rather, there *is* wind, but nine days out of ten it comes from the coast, which means it hits the other side of the building. My apartment is rather sheltered.

However, there is someone on the block I look out at who has a bamboo windchime, I think in the garden. Makes a lovely sound, I hear it in the distance often.

CJ, I think I've seen those brackets at an English friend's house, I've never seen them in the Netherlands. I'm not sure they're available here, they might be, could just be one of those things I never noticed because I wouldn't have known what to use it for, and it doesn't look too interesting.
I'm going to the UK later this year, so if I don't find them here, I can always pick some up then. Would make a nice souvenir, windchime-brackets! 


Marion  19 May 2003 
You can get brackets at garden supply centres because folks use them for hanging flower baskets. Marion 


Hedera  19 May 2003 
Thank you Marion!

I might get myself to a garden centre in the near future, I'll have a look. 


HOLMES  19 May 2003 
"everytime a bell rings an angel get their wings" hmm
"everytime a chime rings out an angel is called to protect the house" hmm
works for me :O) 


Butterfly  20 May 2003 
Have to agree that the move energy, and that faeries are said to be attracted to the sound.
I've also read that putting them at doors, for example front door, marks a change in energy- for example- leaving the outside energy away from the tranquil indoors energy 


Kyrielle  21 May 2003 
Bells, windchimes, etc. get stagnant energy flowing again. This works better with a bell than with a windchime, but if you carry a bell or chime around your house and ring it in different places, you can tell where the stuffy energy is because the bell will sound muted or out of tune or duller. Stop when this happens and ring the bell until it stirs up the energy and rings clearly.

Also see the thread on singing bowls for more on using this kind of sound in a spiritual way.

-- Kyrielle 


tanis  22 May 2003 
i got told by my nan that if you hang chimes out side your window and have a dream cather it encourages nice dreams. =:?} 


Ravenswing  22 May 2003 
hi all--

for Christmas my daughter gave us the most fabulous of things-- indoor wind chimes.

The base has a small fan in it-- it goes on and off semi-randomly... the rate and intensity can be adjusted...

a set of chimes hang on an arch over the base... truly
marvelous-- wind chimes wherever and whenever you want them...

fly well
Ravenswing 


LadyMedusa  22 May 2003 
I have a set hanging in the kitchen where they will catch the breeze from the ceiling fan above my table when I have it on medium or high speeds. My kitchen tends to get very warm when I have the oven on. So the kids re-named them the cookie chimes.

LadyMedusa 


Ruby Red Slippers  26 May 2003 
I love chimes in the house!

Have seen the ones Ravenswing got, thought they looked great!

I have heating/air conditioning vents up on the walls I have hung light weight chimes from the ceiling in front of them, then when the air is on, they move. Very light weight chimes work the best in my opinion. Just thumb tack or screw in a cup hook to the ceiling and hang.

I also have some very small chimes, just about 6 inches long with a lovely sound. I have one thumb tacked to my kitchen cabinet by the sink. My arm will move past it to the dishwasher of counter top and it rings.

I also have one on a magnet at the office that gets bumped regularly. Everyone loves it...a little angel music in the work place.

CJ...have also used those cheap plastic hang over to top of the door to hang just one or two hangers to hang the chime.

As I said, small, light weight, wonderfully sounding ones go everywhere. Bells os any type can be hung everywhere, even if you have to brush past them in your travels around your abode.

Lovely thread...thank you

Ruby Red Slippers 


RAVENAL  27 May 2003 
Oh yes...wonderful sounds...and energy movement...
wind chimes...both indoors and out...

We love wind chimes here at my house...even the cats...the big male cat Raven climbs the corner catree...stands at ceiling level reaches out and plays my indoor windchime...it hangs between the dining and living room at the outer framework on an enormous arch connecting both these rooms...I fell in love with it's beautiful and uplifting long echoing ringing sound...when I brought it home to hang it I could sense the energy change...feeling the connecting flowing improvement with it hanging here...Raven plays the ones hanging out on the porch as well...he just loves the sound and movement...so do we and it's always so unexpected...people visiting always reach up to play the one inside my house...and these on the porch as well

The most unusual and my favorite is the one inside hanging between the dining and living room...it's a long polished branch of about 20 "...and has 24 size graduated and melodiously tuned metal pipes...beautiful to look at and with an even better sound...the ceiling fan makes it move as the pipes are very lightweight...and hanging where it does it catches the breeze whenever I open the dining room sliding doors...we are lucky to have lots of air movement here probably due to the hills...mountains...woods and open fields across the stream...sometimes it's like a wind tunnel and all my wind chimes outside sound...

I have many from years and years of collecting & many gifts...ceramic... copper...brass...wood...I especially love the sound of the ones made from bamboo...living in Asia we heard lots of that wonderful rustleing and whispering clacking sound...some more unusual ones with interesting sounds are made from shells...even one using the spines of sea urchins...

Currently in progesss are some I am making from pieces of stained glass...last Christmas we used tiny bottles wirewrapped then strung some as a gift...I was planning on filling them with colored water but my husband filled them with watered down paint instead... swirling it around for wonderful rainbow effects...he plans to use copper and brass tubing cut and tuned to someday make some more...has anyone else experimented with making windchimes...this was lots of fun... 


jlbvt  27 May 2003 
Quote:
Originally posted by Ruby Red Slippers
I have one thumb tacked to my kitchen cabinet by the sink.
OW!


Lady Medusa: I'm surprised your neighbors haven't trained their ears to hear your cookie-chimes, and come to "visit" when they hear them! ;)

Kirielle: I love the suggestion to ring a bell around your house to get the energy moving. I bet young children would have fun helping to do that! 


sirona86  06 Jun 2003 
i havent read all the posts in this thread yet, so i dont know if anyone has posted this before, but there is a belief i think ( at least in this part of the world) that windchimes attract spirits( evil ones) to your homes... which is why i dont have any around my house, though i suppose they are benificial in feng shui. 


aqua9air  06 Jun 2003 
i have three wind chimes in around my windows, have the same problem that winds only come in occassionally. However, i really really enjoy the sounds. :D
i wish i could get one of the bamboo ones, lol~ ;) 


alexis  07 Jun 2003 
Quote:
Originally posted by Hedera


Only trouble is, they're in front of my window, and I only hear them when the window is open and the wind is coming from a very particular direction - which it doesn't do very often.
I would love to hear my chimes more!


what if u hear your chimes chiming away crazily but there is no wind at all? Isn't that eerie? esp in the middle of the night.... 


wavebreaker  07 Jun 2003 
I've got a small one on the inside of my front door, I bought it on a trip to Indonesia years ago. I put it up there because my front door looked boring from the outside, there was nothing personal about it. There's a window in the door, so you can see the chime from the outside.
It made all the difference after I had put it up. It made it my door and my house ;). And I love the sound of the chimes everytime I open the door, wishing me luck when I leave the house and welcoming me back when I return... 


coldsuns  07 Jun 2003 
What i was told is that wind chimes are to get rid of spirits from entering the house. So usually wind chimes are near the window to let the wind make it 'ting ting ting' and to chase the bad spirits away too.

I've around four wind chimes. One made of 6 metal bars with stars outside my house. My fav is the wind chime made of different sea shells, i hanged in my bedroom and dont really 'ting ting ting'. The other two are hanged at the living room. The wind from the main door and the back windows made them 'ting ting ting'.

Sometimes it sounds really eerie in the morning. But..is makes me feel happier and more relax. Choose the correct 'ting ting ting' that makes you feel better. Dont choose those with 'bang bang bang'. It makes you feel..noIsy! -.-''' 


Kismet  07 Jun 2003 
I too enjoy windchimes, though I was unaware their significance.
Thanks for the lesson :D 


The Wind chimes??? thread was originally posted on 18 May 2003 in the Spirituality board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the threads in Spirituality, or read more archived threads.

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