Knowing that I love dream catchers my lovely niece sent me a self designed drawing of a dream catcher for my birthday last week. Not enough that it happens to hold precious numerological and other personal meanings to me (like the seven pointed star as one of them, the symbol of my life purpose, also known as Mystic Star), it intuitively seems to be catching the story of Ojibwe Dream Catcher History. Read the last sentence of the excerpt and count the petals of the flower web in addition to the seven pointed star. The excerpt is from Dream-Catchers.org at http://www.dream-catchers.org/ojibwe-dream-catcher-history/ where you can read the full story as well as find more information about the fascinating dream catcher theme:
“Long ago in the ancient world of the Ojibwe Nation, the Clans were all located in one general area of that place known as Turtle Island. This is the way that the old Ojibwe storytellers say how Asibikaashi (Spider Woman) helped Wanabozhoo bring giizis (sun) back to the people. To this day, Asibikaashi will build her special lodge before dawn. If you are awake at dawn, as you should be, look for her lodge and you will see this miracle of how she captured the sunrise as the light sparkles on the dew which is gathered there.
Asibikaasi took care of her children, the people of the land, and she continues to do so to this day. When the Ojibwe Nation dispersed to the four corners of North America, to fill a prophecy, Asibikaashi had a difficult time making her journey to all those cradle boards, so the mothers, sisters, & Nokomis (grandmothers) took up the practice of weaving the magical webs for the new babies using willow hoops and sinew or cordage made from plants. It is in the shape of a circle to represent how giizis travels each day across the sky. The dream catcher will filter out all the bad bawedjigewin (dreams) & allow only good thoughts to enter into our minds when we are just abinooji. You will see a small hole in the center of each dream catcher where those good bawadjige may come through. With the first rays of sunlight, the bad dreams would perish. When we see little asibikaashi, we should not fear her, but instead respect and protect her. In honor of their origin, the number of points where the web connected to the hoop numbered 8 for Spider Woman’s eight legs or 7 for the Seven Prophecies.”
For the lovers of stories I also recommend to read the Lakota Dream Catcher History on the same site: http://www.dream-catchers.org/lakota-dream-catcher-history/
Image: Drawing by Deelia´s niece ©