Feng shui (traditional Chinese: 風水; simplified Chinese: 风水; pinyin: fēng shuǐ; pronounced /ˈfəŋˌʃueɪ/ foong-shoy in Chinese Mandarin, "fheng-schway" in American English) is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to utilize the Laws of both heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive Qi. The original designation for the discipline is Kan Yu (traditional Chinese: 堪輿; simplified Chinese: 堪舆; pinyin: kānyú; literally: Tao of heaven and earth).

The words feng shui literally translate as "wind-water" in English. This is a cultural shorthand taken from the following passage of the Zhangshu (Book of Burial) by Guo Pu of the Jin Dynasty:

Qi rides the wind and scatters, but is retained when encountering water.

Traditional Feng Shui practice always requires an extremely accurate Chinese compass, or Luo Pan, in order to determine the directions in finding any auspicious sector in a desired location.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Feng Shui and Windchimes - A Natural Fit

Wind chimes enjoy a long and varied history - truly a product of many cultures, but they enjoy a revered history in South East Asia, especially in China and Japan where they were hung on the eves of scared buildings. Amongst various other applications, many of our ancestors used windchimes for weather forecasting, a practical and obvious use. They determined wind speed and direction by noticing small changes in the wind chime song: the louder the chime song, the more intense the wind. Fishermen relied on windchimes to warn them when not to go to sea. Many a sailor may thank this device as the instrument that very well could have saved their lives. Hanging a windchime by cultivated crops in Indonesia helped scare birds away.

In ancient Asian cultures, however, historians believe the most common reason used for hanging a wind chime was to rid evil spirits from a dwelling and invite good spirits inside. This practice, part of the Feng Shui culture, suggests that wind chimes can balance both positive and negative forces that exist all around us, thus creating harmony in our lives. Feng Shui literally translates as Wind (Feng) and Water (Shui). Chinese scholars claimed to know how wind and water affect our environment and act on our well-being and that specific placement of certain objects, such as windchimes, can help focus the energy flow called "chi". Sound is powerful in Feng Shui. Wind chimes especially are popular with Feng Shui followers because they believed to bring good luck. Wind and sound - Feng Shui and Windchimes: A natural fit.

So, how does this work? Feng Shui believers think that properly installed windchimes can attract money and friends. It can also promote health and harmony for your family. Windchimes, in conjunction with Feng Shui are thought even to loosen pent up energy buried under clutter! How exciting is that? With that in mind, we're providing some tips for inviting those good spirits and positive energy into your home. For good luck, hang hand-tuned wind chimes with six or eight round rods - even numbers promote a balancing influence. For family troubles, however, there is a need to break up bad chi, windchimes with five round rods are what you're looking for as odd numbers can produce harmony. Do you have a long entranceway in your home, such as a long hallway? Hang a windchime by your front door, the sound created by the windchime can help slow down positive energy and keep it from dispersing too quickly. Placing a small wind chime in a corner stirs up and releases chi in that area. Keep in mind that in Feng Shui, you should never place your windchime directly over any sitting, eating or working space. The most important aspect of windchimes and Feng Shui is to ensure that the sound of the windchime is both pleasing and relaxing and that the size of the windchime is appropriate to the place it's hung.

Autor: Stephen Udice

After spending 35 yrs with a very large company, Steve Udice retired and figured it was time to have fun again. Natural settings and tropical environments have allowed him to shift his focus to a passion that he has always had. Wind chimes are that passion and he hopes that he can bring that passion into your home and garden. Steve is especially interested in the harmony and peace that windchimes can bring into any environment, not only by sound, but visually as well.

Added: January 12, 2010
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