I recently acquired a new dreamcatcher from the lovely Laura and wanted to share a simple ritual I do with my dreamcatchers every so often. The dreamcatchers I own have been hanging and catching the bad dreams and negative energies and watching over me and my little family in multiple places and environments. Whenever I add one to the mix, or what I now call my "dream wall" I like to cleanse them altogether and reset their energy. First let's learn about the lore of the dreamcatcher.
A Chippewa Tale
A spider was quietly spinning his web in his own space. It was beside the sleeping space of Nokomis, the grandmother. Each day, Nokomis watched the spider at work, quietly spinning away. One day as she was watching him, her grandson came in.
"Nokomis-iya!" he shouted, glancing at the spider. He stomped over to the spider, picked up a shoe and went to hit it.
"No-keegwa," the old lady whispered, "don't hurt him."
"Nokomis, why do you protect the spider?" asked the little boy. The old lady smiled, but did not answer.
When the boy left, the spider went to the old woman and thanked her for saving his life.
He said to her, "For many days you have watched me spin and weave my web. You have admired my work. In return for saving my life, I will give you a gift."
He smiled his special spider smile and moved away, spinning as he went.
Soon the moon glistened on a magical silvery web moving gently in the window.
"See how I spin?" he said. "See and learn, for each web will snare bad dreams. Only good dreams will go through the small hole. This is my gift to you. Use it so that only good dreams will be remembered. The bad dreams will become hopelessly entangled in the web."
So I simply go around to each of my dreamcatchers and smudged them with sage and palo santo. I thank each of them for being in my life. I allow the smoke to swirl through the feathers up through the web.
It is so simple, yet their is such a great shift afterward. It feels as though a weight has been lifted from my walls. I like to do this periodically, and I encourage you all to try it too!