The myths and beliefs surrounding wind chimes
Unknown to many, wind chimes have been around for too long and are already loaded with too many stories, superstitions and myths, which have been passed down from generation to generation. Some of them may not make sense, while others may be rational. The bottom line is that you don’t have to really believe them
• Feng Shui and wind chimes
Wind chimes are very popular in Asia, and it’s no wonder they have found their correlation with feng shui. Feng shui is the Chinese process of determining where to best place objects. The purpose is to make the most of the chi, or energy flow, for your benefit. By modifying the positions of certain objects, you can counteract negativity and usher in good luck or fortune in various aspects of your life, such as love, wealth, and health.
Feng shui considers sound one of the best ways to get rid of negative energy. Therefore, you will find that many houses have wind chimes. Where to place them will depend on the feng shui master. However, you can rely on the fact that as long as they make some sounds, they are getting rid of bad energies entering your home.
• Wind chimes as weather forecaster
Long ago, people did not have the most sophisticated devices that they could use to predict the weather. Then came the wind chimes.
Many believe that the ornament can help determine the possible weather. For one thing, it can be used to determine where the wind is coming from. For example, if the wind chime is placed in the north part of the house and then it suddenly moves and makes a sound, then the wind must be coming from the north.
In addition, people long ago also heard the intensity of sound. If it came out too strong, there’s a good chance a storm is brewing. You can expect farmers and fishermen to speed up their jobs before strong winds and torrential rains catch up with them.
• Tales of ghosts
Perhaps the creepiest superstition or myth surrounding wind chimes has something to do with ghosts. What makes it more interesting is that the stories are very conflicting. On the one hand, wind chimes are hung to get rid of evil spirits, more like the use of firecrackers on New Year’s Eve or the dragon dance of the Chinese. On the other hand, the soft sounds produced by the bells can attract ghosts to come by your house and perhaps relax in your house. This is because they can summon the dead. Speaking of creepy!
You can ask your old next door neighbor or your dear grandparents, and they sure can remember at least a story or two about the hymns of the wind. Of course, none of these are true.
Wind chimes really aren’t the beginning of good luck. Your fortune will depend on your dedication to work. It is also not a reliable tool for predicting the weather. It moves at the slightest movement of the wind, and it is not the reason why the ghosts will chase you. But many adore them because they are beautiful, and their sounds will definitely bring calm and serenity to anyone who hears them.