Making Sacred Dream Catchers...

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Last Sunday, I had the wonderful opportunity to share an afternoon of Dream Catcher making with my lovely friend, creator and artist Amy Kann.  Amy taught me how to wrap the hoop, weave the web and assemble beads and feathers.  I used some owl feathers that I had been given at an owl sanctuary and some glass beads from an old dismantled necklace.

It was such a wonderful afternoon of creating, pondering and tea drinking with my friend whilst the rain poured outside...

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There was something quite magical about creating my own Dream Catcher.  I''d always loved them and their lore but felt maybe some of their magic had got diluted by mass production in China...well somewhere!  I had never been interested in buying a mass produced dream catcher. I'd also read that some Native American Indians felt that part of their cultural heritage had been hijacked by new age consumerism and the real message of Dream Catchers had been lost. For these indigenous people, it is a sacred craft imbued with meaning, myth and magic.

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A traditional dream catcher is hung in the bedroom - being allowed to swing freely near the bed, where the negative dreams of the sleeper would get caught in the web and the positive dreams slip through the hole in the centre of the dream catcher and down the feathers to the sleeping person below. When the first rays of the sun strike the web the negative dreams are removed.

Being taught how to wrap and weave my Dream Catcher by Amy felt like ancient knowledge being passed down, teacher to pupil...

 

We had peaceful music in the background whilst we discussed the origins of Dream Catchers, dreams and crafted with great respect for the Native American Indian ancestors who'd passed on these beautiful crafts. There were laughs too and feathers stuck to fingers.

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By the end of the afternoon, my first ever Dream Catcher was finished and it felt so incredibly special and magical, a moment and moments to treasure...

I truly hope this inspires you to make you're own dream catcher whether on your own or with a friend. Whatever you believe, whether they are just lovely feathery sculptures or potent healing tools just the art of creating something unique and sacred is blissful in itself.

Namaste friends xx