This is the picture of my dream-awake catcher. Initially it was my house catcher, as I had used it to catch a new house we bought a little over a year ago. Now I am using it to catch new work and/or bring creative ideas into fruition. I have re-named it my dream-awake catcher, and plan to use it as often as I need throughout my life.
I made the dream-awake catcher from branches from a large shrub I took out of the front yard of our old house. This was a few years ago. As I was cutting the branches off the shrub I felt and heard a strong message that I must keep the branches. So I did. Some of the branches went to make this Gods-Eye that represents my ability to have second sight. Later, the branches made the house catcher. Now they are to catch new livelihood.
I wrote down my desires for change, as specific as I could be. Then I buried this paper in the Earth beneath the catcher, which lives in my meditation garden.
I gave the ritual to the Dreamer-Weaver Goddess, also known as Grandmother Spider in Native American culture. What I wish to weave is the story of my own contentment and happiness, through creating new livelihood. I also wish to weave my writing further into the world (more to come on that one).
I find the Earth so incredibly powerful, its sheer benevolent energy so wanting to help someone who wishes to connect. No matter how much I vacillate between tapping in more fully and running away, I am always present with this energy, always plugged in. Even in the hour of greatest challenge it is continuing to shape and mold my outcome towards what is brightest. This is what keeps me grounded in knowing that even if I fall, someone will be there to catch me.
Diana Ray/April Aronoff
Photography by Diana Ray