Look up into the ceiling of your bedroom this evening. That is the birthplace of future dreams, according to Native Americans. There are all sorts of potential spiritual experiences shooting across from corner to corner, some slow, others fast, and you never quite know which ones are going to follow you into your sleep. Sometimes it’s the experiences about sunny days and trips to the moon, while other times they’re about earthquakes and shadow creatures. And the fear of not knowing which one will visit may keep you up at night.
The Spider Woman
Dreams are a very important part of most cultures. They allow us to revisit past loved ones, overcome fears, and live an adventurous life outside of reality. Many Native Americans believed that a dream allowed their soul to communicate with spirits for guidance. It was a place to travel beyond their realm of perception into a world of infinite knowledge and possibility. And with so much power associated with a single dream, the Ojibwe Nation entrusted Asibikaashi, the Spider Woman, to protect their children from the bad spirits that run wild in the night.
Asibikaashi spun a beautiful web above the cradleboard of each child to capture the morning dew and reflect the sunlight to keep them safe. But one spirit, even with eight legs, can only travel so far. As the Ojibwe Tribe spread to other lands, they had to find another way to bring safety to their children. The Spider Woman granted them permission to recreate her web using resources from the land. The web would act as a filter to funnel good dreams into the heads of their sleeping children while capturing the bad ones and holding them in place until the morning sun could dissolve their negative energy.
Lifecycle of a Dreamcatcher
The original dreamcatchers were often not much bigger than four inches in diameter. They were made from flexible twigs from willow or grapevine and bent into a circular shape. The shape is significant, representing both the circle of life and the path the sun and moon must travel to bring each day to a beginning and close. The netting was made from animal tissue or plant fiber and was attached to the edge of the circle at several points. 13 points of attachment symbolized the 13 passes of the moon, eight points represented each leg of the Spider Woman, and this symbolism went on to describe everything from prophecies to courage, depending on the intentions of the catcher’s maker.
As beautiful as modern dreamcatcher may be, its beauty has nothing to do with its function. The outside circle does not need to be perfectly round, and the spacing between the netting does not need to be symmetrical. The safe passage for peaceful dreams does not need to be located directly in the center, but the size of the hole may determine the number of good dreams you welcome each night. And just like a spider’s web, a dreamcatcher should not be made to last forever. They are made to be fragile on purpose to represent the ongoing stages of life. A dreamcatcher will need to be remade many times over one’s lifetime. Sometimes the design may even need to be changed to better serve its recipient.
Scars Left Behind
Having direct passage down onto the sleeper’s head is an important part of a dreamcatcher. This is why they are often located overhead a bed or cradle. They should also be placed near a window so that the webbing has access to the morning sun, which is part of its daily cleansing ritual. Feathers are occasionally attached to a dreamcatcher’s center to represent a breath of life, but they may also entice good dreams to slide down these silky rungs before gently dropping inside the sleeper’s head. The movement of the feathers announces the arrival of each new, playful and peaceful dream.
Beads or gemstones may be used on the webbing of a dreamcatcher to represent the Spyder Woman at work on her web, or as a symbol of honored scars left behind from good dreams trapped by accident. A dreamcatcher should be a collection of both the best and worst in you, and it is within these visions that you will discover your path in life – one dream at a time.
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