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Mesmerising and intricate, dreamcatchers are a beautiful addition to your home, garden, or rearview mirror - but how much do you really know about them?

Here are 6 interesting facts about these magical items.

1. They’re meant to catch only the bad dreams while letting the good dreams through, helping rid you of any negative or frightening dreams.

2. The dreamcatcher is based on Native American legend

Dreamcatchers were first historically noted in 1929 in the Native American tribe of Ojibwe.

The story is that as people made their way to the four corners of North America, Asibikaashi the spider woman who protected children from bad dreams couldn’t get to each bed every night, so the women of the tribe wove magic webs and hung them over the cradleboards.

3. It’s shape has meaning: The main strings of the dreamcatcher are meant to represent a spider’s web which catches the bad dreams, and the centre hole in the middle is where the good dreams pass through down to you.

The strings are tied at different points on the circle and the number of points a dreamcatcher has gives it a different meaning - for example, 6 points is a symbol of courage, and 8 points is symbolic of the legs of the spider who created the dreamcatcher ‘web’.

4. The details are important

An important feature of dreamcatchers, the feathers attached to the bottom of the main circle act as soft slides for your good dreams, helping them travel down to you.

The beads woven into a dreamcatcher symbolise the spider, the web weaver itself, and they act as charms to prevent good dreams being trapped in the web - these are the dreams you want to get through to you!

5. They were originally not made to last

Traditionally, dreamcatchers were made of willow and sinew which would eventually dry up and collapse. This was done purposefully to illustrate to children that nothing is meant to last forever and so they should appreciate everything they come across.

6. Sunlight cleanses them.

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