They exist in a variety of different patterns and colors, and they may be decorated with images of birds, animals, beads, crystals, arrowheads and other symbols.
However, before deciding to take this long-term decision for your body, take a look at the origin of a dreamcatcher, and why it is one of the most meaningful tattoos.
The dreamcatcher has its origins in the Native American Culture. It is believed that the Anishinabe people were the first to create it.
The Anishinabe are Native American tribes who originally lived at the border of the North-Central United States and Southern Canada. Their name means original people, which is how they called themselves. They were also known as Chippewa people in America, and Ojibwa in Canada.
Spider Woman Legend
According to the Anishinabe people, the Spider Woman used to travel around all the time, to visit cradles of the newborn babies. She had the power to weave magical webs above cradleboards, which supposed to protect the infants from bad dreams, and allow the nice ones to enter their sleep.
However, as the tribe expanded, and people migrated, she had difficulty to reach all the newborns in time. For this reason, women of the tribe took over, and started creating their own dreamcatchers to protect the babies.
These dreamcatchers were made of natural materials, and didn’t last long, and they were regularly replaced by the new ones, in order to accompany the baby through his or her next life cycle.
Basic Dreamcatcher Pattern
A dreamcatcher is a round wooden hoop that contains a loose string web with a hole in the center, and feathers hanging from the webbing. Nice dreams travel through the hole into the sleeper’s mind, while the bad ones, as well as nightmares, are trapped inside the web permanently.
- Feathers are usually attached to the dreamcatcher to entertain babies, but they have a deeper meaning. A feather stands for breath and air, which are essential for life. Hung up on the wooden hook of the dreamcatcher, a feather also helps the nice dreams to slip down into the baby’s dream world.
- It is believed that each movement of the feathers announces the arrival, and the passage of a new beautiful, and peaceful dream.
- Different feathers can be used to adorn the dreamcatcher. However, Owl is a woman’s feather and it is kept to achieve wisdom, while Eagle is a man’s feather that represents courage.
- Some tribes make dreamcatchers that have eight points, which are associated with the eight legs of the Spider Woman.
- Incorporating only one gemstone into the dreamcatcher is meant to show that there is only one, and true, creator in the web of life. Four gemstones, instead, represent the four ordinal directions.
Dreamcatcher Tattoo Meanings
Dreamcatcher tattoos are very common among Native Americans, both men and women. They represent the symbol of their rich cultural heritage, and at the same time they keep negative and evil energies away. They protect the person who wears them against nightmares and bad dreams, while helping nice and joyful dreams to enter his or her mind.
Do you have a dreamcatcher tattoo, or are you perhaps planning to get one? Share your thoughts, and tattoos with us in the comment section below, and in the meantime… have sweet dreams!
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