Shooting Stars for September 6 – 12, 2014

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Do you ever wonder when you look up and see a shooting star is there something more you can do? Seeing that brilliant light as it streaks across the sky inspires and mystifies curious minds. We know that they are meteors entering our atmosphere and leaving behind it a burning tail of cosmos. So, with this much activity, you are bound to see one of these meteorites. As noted by Robert Lunsford, of the American Meteor Society,  we will have the opportunity (possibly) to see some of those meteors as they enter our skies.  Lunsford states that, “during this period the moon reaches its full phase on Monday September 8th. At this time the moon is located opposite the sun and is present in the sky all night long. This will be the worst week of the month to try to view meteor activity as the bright moonlight will obscure all but the brightest meteors.”

But, if you are lucky enough to see one, you should always be prepared. There are spells and rituals involving the sight of a meteorite. Scott Cunningham provides some European folklore for just those occasions. Much of the folklore insist that the words spoken or the recommended actions be finished prior to the shooting star’s disappearance.

Video Credit: Stephen Meeks Date 2013-08-07 04:41:14 – CDT Latitude 35.249° Longitude -92.286° Elevation 139.341m Meteor Shower Perseids All Sky Camera

For money, repeat, “MONEY, MONEY, MONEY” before the shooting start blinks out.

To remove blemishes, rub them with a cloth, and let the cloth fall from your hand.

Shooting stars are said to especially fortunate for lovers, travelers, and the sick, and any wish made while the meteorite shines will supposedly come true.

Scott Cunningham’s solution to the challenge of being prepared for these sparkly occurrences  is to be alert to the possibility of seeing a shooting star as you study the night sky and understand when the highest probability may occur. Then when you see one, try to say these or similar words:

Meteorite, charge my rite.

Practice saying these words until you can quickly do so when needed. “Even if you don’t complete the chant before the meteorite’s fiery trail disappears, continue the ritual: once you’ve said the chant, strongly visualize your need. See it as having already manifested in your life. Remember the sit of the shooting star (Cunningham, 2009).”


Cunningham, Scott (2009). Earth, Air, Fire & Water. 4th Ed. Llewellyn Publications. Woodbury, MN.


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