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Zodiac Wind Chime

Zodiac Wind Chime
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Each zodiac sign is represented on this cloisonne-style windcatcher.

In astronomy, the zodiac is the ring of constellations that lines the path the sun takes across the sky in a year. As is the case with the windcatcher on this chime, the zodiac is often depicted as a circle that's been divided into 12 equal zones, one for each constellation. Today the 12 zones, or signs; are most often associated with the horoscope.

The notes in this "planetary" tuning represent Uranus (D), Pluto (A), the Sun (A#), Earth (C#), and Venus (D) as determined by Pythagoras, who believed the universe was organized on a system of musical harmony. His theory is that everything in the universe is vibrating in tune and we are literally living inside a giant musical instrument, which is playing notes, chords and scales. In 1619, Johannes Kepler wrote Harmonice Mundi (Harmonies of the World) in an attempt to relate a musical harmony to planetary motion and, more specifically, to find a "musically harmonious" relationship between the distances of the planets from the sun.

Starting at "noon" and working our way counter clockwise around the chime's windcatcher, the zodiac signs are:
- Aries, the ram
- Pisces, the fish
- Aquarius, the water-bearer
- Capricorn, the sea-goat
- Sagittarius, the archer
- Scorpio, the scorpion
- Libra, the scales
- Virgo, the virgin
- Leo, the lion
- Cancer, the crab
- Gemini, the twins
- Taurus, the bull.

Dimensions: 21.5 in. Overall Length
Materials: Black finish ash wood, 5 silver anodized aluminum tubes, bright nickel-plated faux cloisonne feather.
Zodiac Wind Chime in environment
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