Dream catchers are popular today though a resurgence of Native American
Culture and belief. Although such dream catchers are look much like
spider webs, there is no reason why one cannot be another design. Pagans
and Wiccans may wish to use the pentacle (five point star), one of our
symbols. After all, the purpose of this implement is to snare
nightmares, and any woven design will do this.
Some children are particularly frightened by bad dreams. It is difficult to rationalize such fright or explain it away. One of the best methods of helping the child cope is to hang a dream catcher above the head of the bed or the window nearest the bed. A pentacle dream catcher is not difficult to make. It requires the following materials:
1. A circular ring.
2. heavy thread, preferably different colors, to weave the design with.
3. Tiny beads to thread the string through. (Beads are optional).
4. Feathers to decorate the ring with (optional).
To begin, tie one end of the thread to the ring. Wind the thread around the opposite end of the ring three times at a slight angle from the original attachment, pulling it tight. This will be part of the left leg of the pentacle. Each time you attach the thread to the ring, wind it three times.
Now wind the thread about the ring a short distance from the first tying. Your design should look like an inverted V shape. Pulling the string to the left side of the ring, wind it about the ring a little more than halfway up the side. Adjust it until it looks like the lower angle of the cross arm of the pentacle. Now stretch the thread across to the opposite side and wind it about the ring. For the finishing angle, pull the thread back to the point of beginning.
If you carefully check the angle of the thread each time you prepare to wind it at the other point on the ring, you can adjust the design. Make a small loop at the top of the pentacle.
If you want to string beads on the thread, do it on each section before you wind the thread around the ring.
Dream catchers do work. They are symbols of personal control over your dreams. And the subconscious mind which creates dreams only understands symbols.