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.