Meaning Behind Dreamcatchers

If you stare at the ceiling of your bedroom you will see that this is an interesting looking thing. Dream catchers might look as interesting as your ceiling and the important thing about them is that they are where your dreams, according to the Native American cultures, are birthed. There is a potential for there to be different spiritual experiences that you will find, and you will see that some of them are fast and others seem to take forever to gather there.

You never know what is going to happen to you when you sleep. Some people feel that on sunny days that they will have different dreams such as going to the moon or dreaming about earthquakes or creatures. Fear is one thing that can show up when you are sleeping.

Dream catchers are very popular, and you can find them in many people’s homes or for sale at fairs or other stores. You might even own your own dream catcher because they are very pretty to look at. Some do not realize though that the dream catcher is part of an ancient culture and has many traditions tied to it.

Spider Woman

Dreams are important in every culture and they can allow you to visit your dead loved ones or to get rid of fears. You can also dream of adventures that you might never get to take or to communicate with your spirit guides.

Traveling happens in dreams and allows people to see an infinite world full of knowledge and fun. There are so many things that are attached to dreams. The Spider Woman, Ojibwe Nation, Asibikaashi, who would help to protect children from getting bad spirits while they slept.

She was called the Spider woman and she was known to spin a web above the bed of children so that the sunlight could be caught in to so the children would be kept safe. One of the spirts, it had eight legs, could only travel so far and so the tribe had to find another way to keep children all over the world safe.

The Spider Woman allowed them to recreate her web so that they could use it to funnel the good dreams to the children while they were sleeping and to capture the bad dreams. When the sun came out, the web would dissolve the negative dreams.

Spiritual Meaning

The dream catcher helped people in the tribe to protect themselves from spiritual activity that was negative when they slept. The dream catcher would be put above the bed to protect them in their home. The dream catcher was a spiritual thing.

If you do not have a dream capture but you dream of one, find out what the spirit is trying to tell you. You might need to figure out if you need to protect yourself from evil influences.

Dreaming of this might also tell you that you need to develop your dreams and write down dreams after you wake up, so you do not forget them. Having these dreams recorded can give you knowledge and wisdom. Here are some ways to keep your dreams safe:

  • Say your intentions that you want to remember your dreams.
  • Keep a dream journal so you can write down all of your dreams.
  • Get deep and restful sleep so that you can have good dreams. Everyone has different sleep rituals and you need to find what helps you to sleep the best. Maybe you need to cut off drinks and food a few hours before or stop getting on your electronics before bedtime.

Always be respectful of the dream catcher to make sure that you are honoring it and listening to the messages it gives you.


The original dream catcher was not bigger than four inches and was usually made from twigs or grapevines. It was bent into a circular shape and represented the path of the sun and the moon at the beginning and the end of the day. The netting was made of tissue or plant fiber and was attached to the circle. The circle had 13 points, and this represented the 13 moons and the eight points the legs of the Spider Woman.

The dream catchers today are beautiful, but it needs to be remembered that they do not have to be perfect. The spaces between the netting do not have to be measured out and the circle does not have to be a perfect circle. The passage of dreams does not necessarily go directly in the center, but the size of the hole can determine how many good dreams can come to you each night.

Like the spider web, the dream catcher should last forever. They are fragile and should be taken good care of, but it might need to be fixed over and over due to damages. Sometimes the design might have to be changed to help the person.

If you have a dream catcher, you can learn to take care of it, and it can be used to help develop you. Always respect it and let it help you. If you have to repair it, do so so that you can take good care of it and keep it to protect yourself in your dreams.

Where to Put it

The dream catcher should have a direct path to the sleeper’s head and so the dream catcher should be located on the headboard. It can be placed near a window so the sunlight can get to the negative dreams and dissolve them. Feathers are sometimes used in the center because they represent life, but they can also help the good dreams to slide down before they go into the sleeper’s head. The feathers movement can give playful and fun dreams.

You might have to experiment where the best place to put your dream catcher is. Put it in one place for a while and if it is not working, move it to another place.

Beads and stones can be used in the webbing so that the Spider Woman can be honored. The dream catcher should be a collection and you can discover your visions and your dreams in your life.


Some believe that you should cleanse your dream catcher because it can be clogged with negative dreams. You can get to the point where the good dreams cannot get through. If the dream catcher is not in the sun, it will not get cleansed and the negative energies will stop good dreams from coming.

If this is the case, put a container with warm water and salt and once the salt is dissolved, put the dream catcher in the water and shake it, getting rid of the negative energies. Once the dream catcher is cleaned, remove it from the water and let it dry in the sun.

Make Your Own

If you want to make your own dream catcher, you can. You need to have these things:

  • A metal hoops.
  • Feathers
  • Beads
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Yarn
  • Leather
  • Scissors
  • Clips

There are ways that you can have good dreams and you can even do this by making your own. Discover what your dreams have to do with your life and find out how your dreams affect you.

Sarah Carson

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