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The Perseids Meteor Shower Peaks

Today we have the peak of probably the most spectacular natural firework display – the Perseids meteor shower. This is an astronomical phenomenon, but it also has an astrological meaning, so look up today.

The Perseids are an annual meteor shower that arrives every summer at some point between July 17-August 24, always at its peak between about the 11th to 14th August.

The Astronomical definition for this is that the dust from the tail of a comet (in this case, the 109P/Swift-Tuttle Comet) hangs in its original orbit around the sun. The Earth crosses this line of dust, and it is this that burns up in the upper atmosphere. The ‘shooting stars’ are actually only the size of a grain of sand – anything bigger and you might hear a ‘rumble of thunder’.

They could appear anywhere in the sky, but mainly appear radiating from a particular point in the sky – defined by a constellation. There are other showers throughout the year, some appearing in the familiar zodiac constellations. For instance, the radiant for the Leonid meteor shower is in the constellation Leo that peaks on November 17. The Perseid meteor shower is named as meteors appear to fall from a point in the constellation Perseus.

The visibility is dependent on the lumination of the Moon – this year we have a crescent Moon to accompany this spectacle, so if the clouds stay away, you can see the shooting stars. We saw a peak in 2016 with a rate of 150-200 meteors an hour — this is double the number of meteors you would see in a typical Perseid shower — you can expect to see up to 60 meteors per hour during tonight’s peak.

You can see the meteors from midnight to dawn, mainly in the Northern Hemisphere. If you have a starmap or app, you will find the Perseus constellation quickly. If you don’t, not to worry – look for the ‘W’, which is the constellation of Cassiopeia, connected to Perseus in Greek mythology – the figure from Greek mythology who killed Medusa and used her severed head to save Andromeda from a sea monster.

Meteors in Astrology

Modern astrology doesn’t place much relevance on meteors, but in ancient times they were seen as portents of change, not necessarily bad omens, unlike the comets that caused them. Popular culture says that seeing a ‘shooting star’ allows you to make a wish, and tonight you have the opportunity to make multiple wishes!

Astrologically, this event is an annual reminder to confront any conflicts in our personal lives, head-on — and in the larger contexts of our families, friends, communities and globally. Stand up for what you believe is right. It’s OK to start small and focus on what’s in your locus of control, but make this a starting point, then go bigger.

Meteor showers symbolise beauty rising from ashes, representing the spiritual insights and wisdom gained from looking deep within the shadows of ourselves and our world.

Making the most of the energy from a meteor shower depends on the element of your Ascendant:

Fire Signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)
This could be a time to stand and reflect. There is a momentum to go out and may even feel more social than usual, where it is possible. Take time for yourself, as you are open to new ideas or insights that arise for you. You could realise untapped potential and find new outlets for your creative energy. You have been through a transition, and now is a good time to ground and prioritise your ideas.

Earth Signs (Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo)
The sign of Capricorn is an earth sign associated with this shower, so you are in good company! This meteor shower could help you distance yourself from the practical and move more into a dreamlike state and innovate. You will be able to come back down to earth and focus on how to implement those innovations soon. But for now, just be open to exploring whatever surfaces for you at this time.

Air Signs (Libra, Aquarius, Gemini)
For you, this meteor shower can help you focus your thoughts. If you’ve felt confused during the Mercury Retrograde, now is the time to bring everything into focus. You can now check things off your to-do list, and move ahead on any stalled projects. You could even find you have a burst of energy and momentum. This is also a social time for you, and you might find people reaching out to you from your past. If you’ve been looking for a way to become more involved in your community, you could find the right opportunity right now.

Water Signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)
Emotions that have been suppressed or frozen might start to flow. World events, as well as memories from your personal life, might bring a tear to your eye. You’re awakening to compassion, for yourself, others, and the world, creating a shift that will help you use your intuition. Watch the meteor shower and feel inspired to release your fears.

How to Make a Wish

As mentioned, ‘wishing on a shooting star’ is a common activity, and provides a special opportunity, and the Perseids gifts us with multiple opportunities for our desires.

1. Prepare by deciding what you want to wish for.
On the day you plan to go star-gazing by taking some time to sit somewhere quiet and think about the change you want to manifest in your life.

2. Write or say your desired wish/manifestation as though it is already your reality.
Once you’ve decided what you will manifest, speak (out loud or silently to yourself) or write it down in the form of an affirmation with gratitude. Be sure to frame your desired goal as though it is already your reality, and sit with that thought until you feel emotions and sensations as though it has come to pass.

For example, if your desire is to meet your soulmate, you might say or write: “I am so happy and grateful now that I have finally found my soulmate and they have found me.”

3. When you see a shooting star pass by, make your wish and state your affirmation.
Once you see a shooting star, close your eyes and say (again, to yourself or out loud), your chosen affirmation. If you want, you can start with the old favourite incantation first: “Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight: I wish I may, I wish I might have this wish I wish tonight.”

4. Believe your manifestation to be true, express gratitude to the universe … and let it go.
Allow your feelings of thankfulness to sink in as you enjoy the rest of the celestial light show.

Whatever you, enjoy the spectacle of this amazing celestial display.

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