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Dream Catchers, Sun Catchers and Wind Chimes

Dream catchers are one of the most fascinating traditions of Native Americans.

The traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through. The positive dreams would slip through the hole in the centre of the dream catcher, and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person below. The negative dreams would get caught up in the web, and expire when the first rays of the sun struck them.

The dream catcher has been a part of Native American culture for generations. One element of Native American dream catcher relates to the tradition of the hoop. Some Native Americans of North America held the hoop in the highest esteem, because it symbolized strength and unity. Many symbols started around the hoop, and one of these symbols is the dream catcher.

Dream Catcher Lore:

Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad. The dream catcher when hung over or near your bed swinging freely in the air, catches the dreams as they flow by. The good dreams know how to pass through the dream catcher, slipping through the outer holes and slide down the soft feathers so gently that many times the sleeper does not know that he/she is dreaming. The bad dreams not knowing the way get tangled in the dream catcher and perish with the first light of the new day.

Ceridwen’s Cauldron offers assorted Handmade Dream Catchers, Sun Catchers and Windchimes.

Practical Uses of Wind Chimes

Although they are beautiful and make pleasing sounds, wind chimes have more uses then just being decorative. They have many other uses as well including uses for security, telling the weather and pacifying children.

A suncatcher, also called a light-catcher, is a stained glass piece of artwork or some sort of hanging artwork containing crystals or glass beads that is hung in or near a window so that it catches the available light from outside.

Created to be an optical pleasantry, suncatchers are often small, vary in shape, and the designs range from abstract patterns to depictions of nature, such as flowers or birds.

They are usually very colourful with at least three or four varying colours incorporated into the design.

Suncatchers usually have some hanging mechanism that may be a simple hook or a small chain.

Various Handmade Dream Catchers available in the Shoppe