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History & Lore of Dreamcatchers
Dream catchers are one of the most fascinating traditions of Native Americans. The traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams while letting positive dreams through. The positive dreams would slip through the hole in the center of the dream catcher and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person below. The negative dreams would get caught up in the web and expire when the first rays of the sun struck them.
The dream catcher has been a part of Native American culture for generations. One element of the Native American dream catcher relates to the tradition of the hoop. Some Native Americans of North America held the hoop in the highest esteem because it symbolized strength and unity. Many symbols started around the hoop, and one of these symbols is the dream catcher.
Dream Catcher Lore:
Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams, both good and bad. When hung over or near your bed, swinging freely in the air, the dream catcher catches the dreams as they flow by. The good dreams know how to pass through the dream catcher, slipping through the outer holes and sliding down the soft feathers so gently that many times the sleeper does not know that he/she is dreaming. Not knowing the way, the bad dreams get tangled in the dream catcher and perish with the first light of the new day.
How the Dream Catcher is made:
Using a hoop of willow and decorating it with findings, bits, and pieces of everyday life (feathers, arrowheads, beads, etc.) the dream catcher is believed to have the power to catch all of a person’s dreams, trapping the bad ones, and letting only the good dreams pass through the dream catcher.
What are Dreamcatchers?
Dream catchers are arts and crafts of the Native American people. The original web dream catcher of the Ojibwa was intended to teach natural wisdom. Nature is a profound teacher. Dream catchers of twigs, sinew, and feathers have been woven by the Ojibwa people since ancient times. They were woven by the grandfathers and grandmothers for newborn children and hung above the cradleboard to give the infants peaceful, beautiful dreams. The night air is filled with dreams. Good dreams are clear and know the way to the dreamer, descending through the feathers. The slightest movement of the feathers indicated the passage of yet another beautiful dream. Bad dreams, however, are confused and confusing. They cannot find their way through the web and are trapped there until the sun rises and evaporates them like the morning dew.
Originally the Native American dream catcher was woven on twigs of the red willow using thread from the stalk of the stinging nettle. The red willow and twigs from other trees of the willow family, as well as red twig dogwood can be found in many parts of the United States. These twigs are gathered fresh and dried in a circle or pulled into a spiral shape depending upon their intended use. They used natural feathers and semi-precious gemstone, one gemstone to each web because there is only one creator in the web of life.
Where you hang your dream catcher can greatly affect the catching of dreams. It is important that you choose a place where the dream catcher can do its work.
Walk through your house or space where you have chosen to hang your dream catcher. Visualize how this dream catcher is going to work for you. Ask yourself some questions about the purpose of this dream catcher.
-Should it be by a window to catch sun rays?
-Do you want it to act as a filtering system by hanging over a television, music system, or computer? This may help only positive energy to pass through the dream catcher for your family.
-Do you want it to hang over the bed of a loved one? It can bless peace and joy to those who sleep under the dream catcher.
When you have chosen the place for the dream catcher to reside, you may want to hold a ceremony for hanging the dream catcher in your home. This can provide calm and peace as you know that it is hung in the best place possible for your home to receive the energy of the dream catcher.
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My Dreamcatcher Gallery
Small Fairytale Dreamcatcher
All of my dreamcatchers are multitiered and have feathers, flowers, and natural gemstones
Large Lit-Up Dreamcatchers
These are battery-lit dreamcatchers with a switch. This one is about 3ft long and 1.5 ft wide. It has Lavender, Eiffel Tower connectors, hawk, and peacock feathers. There are many natural crystals, and wooden beads with black satin ribbon.
Peacock Jewel-Themed Dreamcatcher
This jewel-themed dreamcatcher has peacock, raven feathers, and red and blue feathers. It has mini mirrors, bronze trinkets, and a citrine stone in the center cage.
There are many jewelry pieces and layers to the three tiered Dreamcatchers
Gothic Victorian Dreamcatcher
This Gothic-themed dreamcatcher has peacock, raven feathers, and red feathers. It has mini mirrors, red stones, bronze trinkets, and a jeweled butterfly in the center cage.
Blue Light Up Dreamcatcher
This dreamcatcher lights up and has a remote to control to change the patterns of the lights; Making it easy to turn on and off as well without the need of taking it down every time. It also functions as a sun-catcher with the crystal prisms that are placed in the dreamcatcher.
Blue Moon Dreamcatcher
This dreamcatcher features a double crescent moon with crystals woven into it. It has sateen hand-dyed ribbon, turquoise feathers, and a silver moon pendant with black iridescent feathers.
Rainbow Moon Dreamcatcher
This dreamcatcher features a crescent moon with crystals woven into it & color-changing hemp string. It has sateen hand-dyed rainbow ribbon, white with gold glitter feathers, and a star prism that catches the light to cast rainbows on the walls.
The Dreamcatcher above is swamp themed. It has rare bird feathers, olive green woven ribbons, green crystal beads, and mushroom charms throughout the piece.
These dreamcatchers are roughly around 8-10 inches in length and 1.5-2 inches in width. They can be hung from light fixtures, ceiling fans, car rearview mirrors, etc.
The dreamcatcher below is dark circus themed and has many black and red crystal beads.
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