In the third of our series on feng shui remedies Helen Oon looks at the 5 Tier Pagoda Wind ChimeWind chimes can be made of metal, wood or glass and can have various numbers of rods or tubes. In feng shui terms wind chimes play a specific role, either enhancing or suppressing energies in the home, so it is important to differentiate between them. Five tube versions are used to control malevolent energies, while six or seven tube chimes are for energising. One new popular, suppressant type is the pagoda wind chime.
A pagoda is a tower-like structure and is a potent Chinese landscape feature designed for amongst other things catching evil spirits. Its magical power is related in the legend of Lady White Snake. A snake spirit from Heaven is said to have come down to Earth in the form of a beautiful woman. Against Heaven’s wishes she married a mortal and bore him a son. Unfortunately her serpentine identity was discovered by a Taoist monk. The monk, to punish her for breaking the laws of Heaven, summoned the powers of Heaven and Earth to entrap her in a pagoda and hold her prisoner for a thousand years. Hence the pagoda has become a structure used for warding off or entrapping evil spirits. ‘Evil spirits’ is another way of saying bad energies in a building.
There is also a deeper reason why these multi-storeyed structures effect the feng shui of the landscape.
The pagoda wind chime is constructed to channel malevolent ch’i up the tubes and into the pagoda where it is supposed to be trapped. The tubes are made of metal, usually with a gold or multi-colour finish. Below the tubes a double happiness sign is suspended. On each eave of the pagoda roof are small bells. The sound from these effectively space clears and attracts yang energy to negate any negative energy. The double happiness sign helps restore harmony in the household.
A pagoda wind chime is especially useful this year, the Year of the Rabbit, to deal with specific Flying Star affliction. The Flying Star feng shui formula identifies inauspicious and auspicious locations in a building which change each year. This formula is sometimes used to explain the rise and fall of dynasties or empires, predicts events like wars, conflicts, political turmoil and sickness.
Every year unfavourable energy is mobilised by the movement of the ‘stars’ which reside in various sectors of a building. They have powerful names such as Wu Wang or the Five Yellows; Two Yellows; Three Killings and Tai Sui, the Grand Duke Jupiter.
The most harmful of these is Wu Wang which is located in the South this year 1999. It is reputed to bring misfortune, conflict and dissent into a household. To suppress this affliction, hang a pagoda wind chime in the South sector. In addition, you might place a Laughing Buddha here to attract benevolent ch’i and nullify bad luck. It is believed that the large bag carried by the Laughing Buddha is capable of absorbing all the bad energies in the world.
The pagoda wind chime is popularly recommended by feng shui practitioners as a remedy for dissolving heavy downwards energy emanating from overhead beams. It is also a cure for negating sha ch’i emitted by the corners of protruding walls or the edge of furniture. Wind chimes with a six or seven tubes are not to be used for this purpose. They are for activating sectors associated with the Metal Element such as the West and North-west.
A wind chime hung in the North-west is especially beneficial to the patriarch of the house. The North-west is represented by the trigram Chien, relating to creation and Heaven, and is ruled by the Element Metal, and associated with fathers. A wind chime in the West enhances prospects of good health and long life, particularly of the descendants of the family. This sector is represented by the trigram Tui, relating to joy and the lake, also ruled by the Metal Element and associated with the youngest daughter of the family. Caution should be taken this year not to over-activate the North-west or West because of the Flying Star affliction.
The pagoda image is used for enhancing academic luck by some practitioners in Hong Kong – a pagoda ornament is placed on the desk of a student to inspire them. And some East Asian feng shui masters like Patrick Wong use a pagoda in place of the pa kua mirror to absorb sha ch’i.
As a symbol of strength and a combatant to sha ch’i and evil spirits many Chinese temples are constructed as pagodas and pagoda wind chimes used in feng shui extend this belief – to conquer sha ch’i.