Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Legend of the Dreamcatcher ~ # 14 of 30

"Dreams are answers
to questions we haven't
yet figured out how to ask."

The Dreamcatcher

Long long ago, a skillful holy woman could interpret dreams, offering healing and guidance. She had great success, but soon was overwhelmed because everyone wanted her assistance. She fled to a nearby mountain to seek spiritual guidance. There the vision of a beautiful talking spider appeared to her. She instructed the shaman to make a willow hoop and decorate it with feathers and beads to hang by her head that night as she slept. In the dreamtime, the holy woman saw the tiny emissary and watched her weave a beautiful web on the prepared support. Spider spoke to the woman of how the web would capture the good and necessary dreams for the dreamer to remember, while allowing the destructive, evil ones to continue on through the opening. "Teach your people to weave their own dreamcatchers and hang them above the sleeping ones. Construct them from Willow branches. Decorate them and weave them from your finest threads. Follow my intention and design. Then, good ideas, visions and feelings will be accentuated, while the negative, unnecessary ones will be filtered out, " the spider concluded. That morning, the hoop was just as she had seen it in her dream. Eagerly she returned to the village and showed the weavers and crafters her amulet as she told them of her experiences with the spider. Soon the shaman could relax and enjoy life more freely because everyone had a dreamcatcher hanging above their head as they slept, protecting and guiding them through the dreamtime and beyond. Aho, As I remember it ~ Paint Dreamweaver

#14 of 30 -
Myths, Fables, Folk Tales and Legends

The Dreamcatcher

12" x 9.5" original hand painted watercolor on Yupo paper
Acid-free Oval Mat w/ Backing in sleeve - 16" x 20"
Signed and certified by the artist.

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