The word mare is Old English for “demon.” In olden days, people believed that troubled
sleep was caused by a demon who rode you like a horse while you slept. The terrible things you
dreamt were the experiences from the ride.
How To Do The Protection From Nightmares Spell
What you need:
Piece of string.
To protect yourself from nightmares and interrupted sleep, find a sacred holey stone. Thread a string through the hole and hang it by your bed. Repeat this old German charm:
”I lay me here to sleep;
No nightmare shall plague me;
Until they swim all the waters;
That flow upon the earth;
And count all the stars;
That appear in the firmament!
As I will, so mote it be. “