Dreamcatchers

Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher

What is a dream catcher? Are you familiar with dream catchers? Do you know their purpose?

I have two dream catchers, one each hangs off of mine and my husband’s lampshade in our bedroom. When I first saw one and was fascinated at what the purpose of a dream catcher was and wondered how it worked, I thought they were pretty but wasn’t sure what to do with them.

Dream catchers were originally created by the American Indians, notably the Lakota and the Ojibwe. They are constructed as a hoop with netting and have feathers and beads hanging from below the hoop – sometimes referred to as sacred hoops. According to native history, a native ‘Spider woman’ created the dream catcher as a spiritual protector for her people when they migrated away from their land. They are also known as talismans to protect people from bad dreams when they sleep.

So how does it work?

Dream catchers are traditionally hung above a bed where the morning sun can shine its light on it. Good dreams are said to pass through the web and slide down to the feathers for peaceful sleep, whereas nightmares are said to get caught in the netted web and evaporate by the burning of the morning’s sunlight shining on it.

Here’s a few links where you can read more about this powerful talisman.

http://legomenon.com/dreamcatcher-meaning-legend-history-origins.html

http://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/do-you-know-what-dream-catchers-do

http://www.dancingtoeaglespiritsociety.org/dreamcatcher.php

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D.G. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer, writing from her life experiences and self-medicating with a daily dose of humor. Live Laugh Love and Don't Forget to Breathe!

24 thoughts on “Dreamcatchers

  1. The main character in my book hangs a dreamcatcher above her bed to protect her from nightmares. I find them fascinating too Debby, that’s why I included it in my book. Of course being a fantasy the dreamcatcher … No spoilers!

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  2. Lovely post, Debby. I love dream catchers and the legends around them. We have one hanging over every bed. No sunshine though – I should probably take them outside today and empty them. 🙂 And dust them. Ha ha.

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  3. I just returned from Arizona where I saw some beautiful dream catchers in a gift shop in chinle on the Navajo Reservation, or rather the Navajo Nation. I wish I could have bought one but had already blown my budget on pottery pieces, rock art and books. Thanks for explaining the purpose of these spiritual creations.

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    1. How exciting you were in beautiful Arizona Lyn. Believe I know what it’s like there when you want to buy everything, lol. I got my dreamcatchers in Arizona so they hold extra special meaning. 🙂

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    2. I know what you mean, Lyn. This is Colleen. We lived in Prescott Valley for a couple of years. I loved visiting Sedona and feeling the vortex of energy. I need to get a dream catcher soon. ❤ Thanks for stopping by.

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