A dream catcher is a beacon, if you will, to demons looking for a host, a willing subject or a geographic location to take territory. In the same way a rabbit’s foot or a horseshoe supposedly bring luck, these types of items create what the Bible considers favorable soil for occult crops.
How the traditional dreamcatcher works varies slightly from one legend to another, but the meaning is always similar: to catch harmful thoughts or bad dreams and keep you safe with good dreams and positive thoughts while you sleep.
In some Native American and First Nations cultures, a dreamcatcher (Ojibwe: asabikeshiinh, the inanimate form of the word for ‘spider’) is a handmade willow hoop, on which is woven a net or web. It may also be decorated with sacred items such as certain feathers or beads.
The main purposes of the dreamcatcher are to provide spiritual protection and bring you closer harmony with your inner soul. Blessing a dreamcatcher is a customary way to breathe life and strength into the object.
So, hanging them over or near the bed is the ideal placement of dream catchers. Doors/windows: The entry point of the energies such as the front door or windows is an alternative location for placing the dream catchers. They can also be hung on the porch or balconies, even in the car for protection.
People hang colourful dream catchers to achieve different goals. Many opt for white to balance the energies and have a peaceful sleep, while many go for red or pink for passion and success.
There are of course, different interpretations of this legend but they are all variations of the same basic idea. According to the Lakota legend, the dreamcatcher was created to catch good ideas and trap them in the web so that they don’t get lost.
Attractive Dream Catcher hanging with feathers is to protect & brings good luck. This is a perfect accessory for your home & gift for any occasion.
Dream catchers are always supposed to be gifted to a person and not taken on purpose. Sometimes, even a piece of bone or a tooth… anything that is important to the person making the dreamcatcher was put in to remind them of the aim.”
Black Dream Catcher: The black dream catcher stands for death, mystery, power, and evil. Black is also a color that is associated with the unknown and with fear. Representing grief as well, black dream catchers are thought to be more of a negative connotation, so many prefer that their dream catcher is not black.
Dreamcatchers represent protection and safety. Some people that choose this design feel like the tattoo will protect them from anything that is bad, since they have always been associated with protection from bad dreams and negative spirits, bad dreams, and bad omens.
Or is it simply a trendy accessory or a design on a t-shirt? The purpose of the dreamcatcher is important – if it’s something that has been mass produced for a profit by a non-Indigenous person or company, then your dreamcatcher is likely cultural appropriation.
A dream catcher does not prevent bad dreams, it merely protects the spirit from the long term negative effects of them. Sometimes referred to as “Sacred Hoops,” dreamcatchers were traditionally used to protect sleeping people, usually children, from bad dreams and nightmares.
You can use sage or incense to cleanse the disturbing energies of a dreamcatcher. Burning sage is one of the earliest and simplest techniques of purifying a person and removing unwelcoming energies from a person, group of people, or location. The tradition stretches back to prehistoric times.
Colorful Agates for Dreamcatchers
Agates radiate warm, protective energy and help to create a secure environment in your bedroom. Having a dreamcatcher adorned with Agate beads and slices above your bed will help you relax and fall asleep even after a stressful day.
Bedroom window - the bedroom window is a common place for dreamcatchers to be hung. On your bedroom wall - you can hang our beautiful dreamcatchers featuring crystals in the center on a blank wall in your bedroom, especially if you wish to create a serene, peaceful ambiance.
The Dreamcatcher Legend
Native Americans of the Great Plains believe the air is filled with both good and bad dreams. According to dreamcatcher legend, the good dreams pass through the center hole to the sleeping person. The bad dreams are trapped in the web where they perish in the light of dawn.
Authentic dream catchers are made with a wooden hoop, usually made out of willow, and often have sacred objects (beads, feathers) hanging beneath the center of the circle. Some have leather wrapped around the wooden portion which is often an indication of its authenticity.
While the size of the Dream Catcher does not matter, it is the web that needs to retain its traditional form, for the charm not to modify into a mere showpiece”.
You can also make a dreamcatcher by yourself or purchase them from the market. Many people are unaware that this lovely decoration also has profound meaning.
A Red Dreamcatcher: Red is the colour of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. Red is a very emotionally intense colour.
Dream catchers became widely accepted by Native Americans in the 1960s and 1970s as a result of the Pan-Indian movement. It is believed that dream catchers originated with Asibaikaashi, who was known as the Spider Woman. She was a custodian of all of the Ojibwe infants and adults.
Dreamcatcher should always be placed in the southwest direction. This not only brings positive energy to the house and it also removes nightmares.
It’s shape has meaning
The main strings of the dreamcatcher are meant to represent a spider’s web which catches the bad dreams, and the centre hole in the middle is where the good dreams pass through down to you.