Have you ever viewed the splendor of a glistening meteor shower?
Meteors are space rocks that sometimes enter our atmosphere, causing a visual spectacle of lights that resemble shooting stars. But have you ever thought about the effect this natural phenomenon might have on us astrologically?
While meteors are much smaller and have less influence over us than planets, they still create energy in the atmosphere that has the potential to affect us – especially those meteors that recur on a regular basis.
Meteor showers may not have a traditional place in astrology as we know it today, but they were considered particularly powerful to ancient astrologers.
Today, we’re going to take a deeper look into meteor showers, their meaning, and how they tie into the world of astrology.
What Are Meteor Showers?
Also known as a meteoroid, meteors are those zooming chunks of space dust that we often refer to as shooting stars. When there are many meteors dancing around our atmosphere, we refer to that as a meteor shower.
The Astrological Significance of Meteor Showers
While we tend to look at large or fixed stars and planets in astrology, most anything that occurs near our atmosphere or within our solar system is likely to shift or at least influence the energy down here on Earth.
One of the astrological meanings of meteor showers is change and transformation. Much like a New Moon or Lunar eclipse, meteor showers bring in new energy and encourage us to look forward to new and exciting experiences in life.
That means that not only is a meteor shower a good time to take a blanket and a bottle of wine outside and watch the spectacular view, but it is also a good time for manifestation and dreaming up new desires for your future self.
Why Do We Wish Upon a Star?
Have you ever wondered why we wish upon a shooting star? Now that we know that a shooting star is actually a meteor, we can see why this celestial event may be more significant than we knew.
Ancient Greek astronomer, Ptolemy, suggested that meteors were the result of the gods peering open the veil between their world and ours to look down upon us, allowing shooting stars to fly through the gap.
Other Ancient Greeks believed that there were human souls trapped in the vessel of shooting stars and that wishing upon them was a lucky act.
There are many myths and superstitions surrounding shooting stars. For instance, it has been said that a shooting star appearing to the right of your body indicates good luck approaching, while a shooting star on the left may signal a more negative omen.
It is also thought that the first shooting star spotted during a meteor shower is infused with a unique kind of magic, making it the most potent star to make a wish upon.
There are even nursery rhymes dedicated to the tradition of wishing upon a star:
Starlight, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may; I wish I might,
Have this wish I wish tonight.
Next time you see a shooting star, be sure to make a wish!
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Recurring Meteor Showers
It is thought that the meteor showers that recur on a regular basis have more influence over our daily lives, meaning these are the best meteor showers to make wishes and practice manifesting.
Perseids Meteor Shower
The Perseids meteor shower occurs each year between July 17th and August 24th, when the Earth glides through a path of debris left behind by the Swift-Tuttle comet. Records of Perseids date back to 36 AD, but the Swift-Tuttle comet wasn’t discovered until 1862.
During this shower, one can see anywhere from 60 to 100 meteors in a single hour. This meteor shower is named after the constellation that the meteors appear from, Perseus, the ancient Greek who killed Medusa, the snake-headed monster.
This particular meteor shower encourages you to let go of fear and move on from past trauma. During this shower, it’s a good time to wish for your mental and emotional wellness.
Draconid Meteor Shower
The Draconid meteor shower takes place each year in the month of October. While it doesn’t provide nearly as many meteors as the Perseids, it still possesses powerful energy for change and transformation.
This meteor shower is named for the constellation Draco the Dragon, and the meteors themselves are the result of debris leftover from the Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner.
Draco is connected to the dragon of Hesperides, who guarded the garden’s golden apples. Draco provides artistic, creative energy, but it is also rather somber energy.
During the Draconid showers, this is a time to gather your fierce strength – breathe the same fire that the dragon breathes. Even if you’re feeling melancholy, make a wish for your true and courageous nature to be revealed.
Do Meteor Showers Affect Your Birth Chart?
While meteor showers, or shooting stars, are a good time – astrologically speaking – for making wishes and manifestation work, they don’t have any influence over your birth chart.
Because meteors take place in the Earth’s upper atmosphere, they do not inherently connect to the archetypal significance of your natal chart.
However, that doesn’t mean that shooting stars don’t hold their own astrological significance in our lives. There’s a reason why we wish upon shooting stars – it’s a time of promise, of change, of new beginnings, and of manifesting our deepest desires.
When is the Next Meteor Shower?
If you’re ready to start attracting your dreams and wishing on the stars, you’re probably wondering when you can catch the next meteor shower.
The next meteor shower with wishing potential will be the Geminids, occurring from December 4th to December 17th – with peak nights being the 13th and 14th of the month. This is the time to take a cozy blanket and a notebook outside, sit down with your wishes, and wait for the shooting stars to appear.
Don’t Forget to Make a Wish!
Each speck of space dust is connected in our Universe, and the beauty of astrology is learning how these events affect us. Meteor showers may not be considered a big deal in most astrological circles. They are nevertheless a time for making wishes and setting intentions.
The next time you see a shooting star, remember its significance, close your eyes, and make a wish.
What are you wishing for?
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