Dream, a series of continuous, emotional and vivid experiences that contain themes, concerns, dream figures, and objects that correspond closely to waking life. Dreams can have numerous emotions in debt to it. They can be happy, devastating, adventurous, fun, bizarre and many more.
Did you know, between these good and bad dreams, there’s a talisman that is believed to catch bad dreams? Dream Catcher- a decorative modern contemporary object which is a small circular hoop, web-like in the between made up of threads, beads in the middle and the feathers hanging in the end.
Gifting dream catcher in birthdays and on special occasion has developed like a fashion these days as it symbolizes protection and positivity. But aren’t we a little curious to know what these fancy looking thing specifically imply, its origin and it’s whereabouts?
History of Dream Catcher
Dream catchers have different theories and its purpose vary rather religiously. There’s a story of a child, according to a legend, who was very sick. He had a fever due to bad dreams. Then, a woman who practiced medicine made a dream catcher taking spider’s web as a reference.
When bad dreams came to the child, it filtered his bad dreams in the strands. Good dreams took hold of the feathers hanging at the end of the dream catcher and poured on the child’s health. Early in the morning, when the first rays hit the catcher, it would burn all the bad dreams caught in between. Another is a tale of a spider.
It was weaving its web in the window; a child was about to kill it when his grandmother stopped him from doing so. Expressing gratefulness, the spider offered her web which would catch all of her bad dreams.
The other convincing theory about dream catcher is that of Native Americans. Back then, the tribes Ojibwe and Lakota were the ancient tribes of Native America who were fascinated by the spiders. They believed that the spiders protect them from negativity. Like every tribe had a deity to follow, they had Asibikashi who had preternatural powers. They named her “spider woman”.
Due to various circumstances, they had to travel far from their native land which made it difficult to bind them with her protective spell. In order to protect them all, she made the first dream catcher whilst in their term was “Asbikeshiinh”. Thereafter, every grandmother and mother made a dream catcher to protect them from bad omen.
The Ojibwe tribe supposed the night air is loaded with both good and bad dreams. The dream catcher is hung above the head where the rays of sunlight hit. The bad dreams get trapped in the web whereas the good ones are allowed to pass through the feathers and go downhill to the sleeper’s mind. The remaining bad dream entwined in the net gets scorched as soon as the morning rays conquerors over.
What does a Catcher Dream do?
Dream Catcher is also sometimes named as “Sacred Hoops”. Traditionally, these were used as talismans to keep people, usually children, away from bad dreams. Native Americans believe that the night air has both good and bad dreams. When dream catchers are hung in a place above the bed where the morning sunrays fall on, they attract and capture all kinds of dreams and thoughts into its webs.
Then, only good dreams pass through and gently slide down the feathers to comfort the sleeper below. For bad dreams, nevertheless, get stuck in its protective net and destroyed, the light of day burns them.
Meaning of Dream Catcher
What most of you might be wondering is why dream catchers are circular in shape? Is it because it makes it look good or does it have its own significance? Let me walk you through why are they circular. The dream catcher draws its resemblance from the celestial forces of the sun and the moon which travels each day and night to represent the circle of life.
There is a different yet significant meaning of beads attached to the dream catcher. In some context, the beads symbolize the spider, whereas the others consider beads as good dreams which could not pass through the web.
Which Color You Should Choose?
Most believe that the best color to choose for a dream catcher is white and blue symbolic of hope and pureness. The color white also represents freshness, goodness, light, simplicity and coolness which make it the best option. However, the choice of color is subjective as every color has its own meaning.
Black Dream Catcher
If you are a sophisticated person who enjoys power and mystery black is the color you should choose. It also symbolizes death and evil. (Isn’t that a catch?)
Gray Dream Catcher
The mixture of black and white shows stability and security. For a person who is authoritative, mature and has a strong sense of character, this color is the ideal choice.
Purple Dream Catcher
Purple, the color of royalty and luxury is suitable for those who have a knack for spiritual beliefs.
Yellow Dream Catcher
An outgoing person who is a social butterfly should choose this color as it represents cheerfulness, energy, friendliness, and joy.
Pink Dream Catcher
If you are planning to gift your better half a dream catcher, what better color to choose than the color that symbolizes romance, compassion, love, and faithfulness.
Red Dream Catcher
For those of you full of energy and passion the best option to go for is red representing excitement romance and danger.
Blue Dream Catcher
Peace, stability, calmness, confidence, tranquility, sincerity, affection and integrity. If you relate to any of the mentioned quality you know which color to choose.
Green Dream Catcher
People looking for growth and healing. Choose the color of relaxation and serendipity.
How to Make a Dream Catcher?
After knowing all about the dream catcher, you probably should be interested in buying one or why not even making one?? For your guidance the steps are mentioned below:
Step 1: First, gather all the necessary materials such as threads, bangles, beads, feathers, anything circular and a thicker thread. The thread that is used to wrap up the bangle should be comparatively thicker than that of which is used to hang the feather later on.
Step 2: What we need to do is basically wrap the thread around the bracelet then double secure it in the end.
Step 3: The third step is the making of the loop. The point of initials depends on your choice. After choosing it, secure the place and start making loops in the positioning in the corners.
In case you are the beginner, start making a heptangular hoop otherwise to enhance it up you can make an octagonal or decagonal hoop. You can add up the beads if you want to in the middle loop or anywhere you prefer to.
Step 4: Add feathers using the thread you used to bind the bangle.
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