Post by sparklekaz on Feb 15, 2015 18:18:57 GMT
It is believed that Dream Catchers originated from the Ojibwe Nation that was in a land known as Turtle Island. Asibikaashi also referred to and known as the spider women, is often given credit, for the reason behind, and the creation and use of the dream catcher.
The spider woman was believed to take care of the children and bring the sun back to the people of the Ojibwe Nation. However, they believed that there were too many children widespread throughout North America for the spider woman to protect. The mothers and grandmothers devised a plan for the spider woman to better visit and protect the children. They created the dream catchers also known as magical webs to place on the cradle boards of all the new babies. The circle shape of the dream catcher has significance and is designed to match the trip that the spider woman takes each day to watch over the children.
The dream catcher was said to act as a sort of filter for your dreams. All of the good dreams would be left, but the bad ones would be filtered out, so no more nightmares. Only the good and positive thoughts would have the ability to flourish within your mind if you used a dream catcher.
To begin, the web represent the spider our brother of life for ever repairing the eternal web of life. Thus weaving your life dreams and energy in the universe when you dream.
The ring represents the earth mother and the humble walk we do upon her. The ring was also covered with multi-colored wool representing in my mind and spirit aspects of your personality, moods and emotions. The beads on the web are of the 7 directions thus calling upon them to bless you.
As we believe that we are related to all things and that all things are part of us then the Dream Catcher and the Medicine Wheel is a representation of such sacred belief.
The first color is blue representing Father Sky and all that lives in the sky; grandfather sun, grandmother moon, Star nation and Creation.
The second colored beads are purple this is the color of the inner self and the introspection of where the Creator lives, within us all.
The third color is Yellow this represents the direction of the East where the Yellow Nation is and we call upon their ancestors and the wisdom they carry to come in and teach us. It is also the direction of where the sun rises every day therefore a new beginning. We put the Sacred Eagle in that direction and call upon the abilities to see far beyond what is in front of us and to focus on the task at hand.
The fourth color is Red for the Red Nation. In this direction we call upon the ancestors to come and teach us how to take care of the land and do the work necessary for our families to grow in a strong foundation. It is the direction of honesty, hard work, family, integrity and love.
The fifth color is black. This color represents two roads. The direction of the Black nation and we call upon their ancestors to come and help with healing, also how to care for the water. It is also the direction of the black road, the one of self destruction, abuse and so on. Therefore we pray for understanding of such since we say Creator of all good things. We pray for the lessons that these people bring to us.
The sixth color is of the White nation. We acknowledge the white people and their ancestors. The knowledge and the wisdom on how to use that knowledge in a good way.
The 7th direction is of the color green representing Mother Earth. The one who feeds us, clothes, and protects us from the elements. She supplies all that we need in order to live on this earth. We give thanks for her.
As you can see there is much symbolism embodied in the creating of the Dream Catcher. Many people also like to personalize them, by creating their own unique designs, incorporating different types of shell and crystal beads.