What does it mean when you see a shooting star?
Last Updated: August 15, 2023
For this new series on symbolism, I’d love to start with one that is probably one of my favourite memories ever, and my favourite imagery to come up in divination, which is shooting stars.
In August 2017 during the lunar eclipse and a lovely warm evening, my partner and I walked late at night with a hot chocolate along the bay in Sliema, Malta, to calm down and cool down before bed. We saw a fisherman’s pier off the promenade and walked down to its edge to sit and moonbathe, and this is when we saw the Perseid shower visibly start its show for the night.
Seeing shooting stars, especially when there is a full moon with its very bright glow, is a rare and lucky opportunity. It’s often surrounded by positive connotations and symbolises luck, good fortune and wishes coming true, so we never took it as a bad omen of our pregnancy moving into its second trimester. We simply sat in awe of the beauty of seeing a shooting star, each time it flew across the night sky followed by an internalised excitement.
We both felt incredibly lucky to see so many stars burning bright that night, the meteorites painting the sky with quick flicks, with a beautiful moon over the water. Even though we were so excited to see in this evening ambience, I felt like my heart was full, and didn’t make any wishes.
Shooting stars mean so many things to many people, and so with this symbolism article, I want to explore for you exactly what is meant by a shooting star and how we can use this symbolism in our everyday life as witches. So read on for more!
Shooting Star science
Shooting stars are not actually stars. They are meteors and rocks, particles and space debris that enter the Earth’s atmosphere, burning up due to friction… creating beautiful streaks across our sky.
Meteor showers are when there are more-than-normal visible shooting stars, often caused by comets, which leave trails of debris as they pass through our solar system. This is why certain meteor showers, like the Perseid shower, occur annually and appear to come from the same direction in the sky. Each shower is named after the constellation from which it appears to come, such as the Orionid shower (from Orion) and the Leonid shower (from Leo). If you have the time, you can plan to see meteor showers wherever you are in the world, as there are showers every month of the year (from the Quadrantids in January to the Geminids in December).
Some practical tips to view them include:
- Identify peak meteor shower dates. You can look at the previous year for your planned location to find a midway point between the two dates of the showers.
- Check weather conditions for the nights you want to go stargazing.
- Find a dark location away from city lights (I’ve always found the higher up you go, and as close to bodies of water as you are, the easier the wind picks away clouds and minimalises light pollution).
- Wear warm clothes, take a blanket to sit on under the night sky. Bring a telescope or binoculars if you have them, and I always recommend a hot water bottle or hot coffee to keep you going!
- Take a camera to take pictures! (Although you may have to use a very long exposure if your camera isn’t made for night photography). You can always look at ways to use your phone for long exposure and night sky photography too.
There is so much scientific value in studying shooting stars, and they contribute to our understanding of the solar system’s formation and composition of celestial bodies. We would not have known that Pallas asteroid was made from iron and nickel, without the meteorite that landed in Texas in 1868.
We wouldn’t have known that a nearby star had passed through our solar system, without the Leonids shower that occurred in 1833 and revealed a dense stream of material. Ongoing scientific research and technological advancements related to shooting stars such as what is underway through the University of Liverpool for planetary defence data and specifically Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA), as well as the geological study of new meteorites and the future potential for asteroid mining, is going to be incredible to watch.
But shooting stars are more than scientific observations or omens of luck and wishes. They are more than beautiful imagery to illustrate stories. In their fiery paths, they bring with them a reminder: that in the great expanse of our universe, we are all connected. We are all part of something far greater than ourselves.
Shooting Star colors
When different meteors come through our sky, sometimes they appear in different colours. This is because of the composition of what is entering our atmosphere, and how quickly it is burning up. Depending on how bright they are and what colour spectrum you can see from them, they can be classified as a fireball. According to Nasa, 44,000 kilograms of meteoritic material falls onto our Earth each day.
The colours of shooting stars range from yellow to blue and even white. This is because different elements and compounds heat up at different temperatures, which release a whole spectrum of colours when they are burning up as they enter our atmosphere. Here’s a suggested list of what each color may mean in terms of chemical composition, and additionally, what those colour correspondences mean to us as witches:
- White – Calcium, Nitromethane, Magnesium and Sodium (Peace/Purity/Cleansing/Serenity)
- Yellow – Sodium and Iron (Clarity)
- Orange – Calcium, Nickel and Copper (Success)
- Red – Silicon (Passion)
- Blue – Copper and Butane (Protection)
- Green – Copper and Barium (Healing)
- Purple – Potassium and Copper (Spirituality)
Shooting Stars in History
In Ancient History, we have a lot of references for shooting stars in Asian culture as early as 600 BCE from China and Korea according to Space.com, and the ancient Greeks & Romans loved astronomy – hence why so many of their stories, gods and goddesses are tied to the stars.
In mythology, shooting stars were thought to be a sign of good luck, or even a favoured person’s soul passing in the sky. We have Asteria, her name literally meaning “of the stars” disappearing across the horizon into the sea to escape Zeus. In Native American culture according to Dr Robin Kimmerer, shooting stars represented messages from spirit guides and ancestors. They were believed to grant wishes upon being seen.
For modern day living, we see numerous shooting stars in popular culture and media. The themes attached to them in films, tv series we love to binge, and music videos can range from wishes to hope, to adventure and discovery.
We also have the very recognisable logo of shooting stars in retail too – which was based off that magickal moment when a shooting star is seen in the night sky to bring good luck and good fortune, items usually discounting us to save us money and bring us the items we want to snatch up.
It may be easy for us nowadays to get wrapped up by our daily lives here on earth, and forget about what’s happening outside, but historically astronomy has always been something that we all fall into at some point in our lives and it will always be there for us when we need it.
Shooting stars are one of the most gorgeous reminders of our connection to the universe, and their importance should never be underestimated. They will always keep inspiring us with their beauty, with what they represent, and what they can do for us when we feel lost. Keep an eye on the skies lovely.
Shooting Star in Dreams
Mainly associated with positive change, messages from above that demand notice, and new beginnings. Shooting stars are a powerful symbol of hope, change and fresh starts. They help us to accept times of transformation, and our subconscious may be telling us that we must be brave and open to the possibilities of a new life.
The symbolism of a shooting star is also strongly connected to our own life path. When we dream of a shooting star, it may be leading us towards the realization that we need to make changes in order to reach our fullest potential. It could also be a sign that we need to take control of our future and have faith in ourselves and the decisions we make.
Shooting Star in Real-Life Settings
If you see a shooting star in real life, you may find yourself wishing upon it for good fortune or a positive change in your life. In some belief systems, shooting stars are seen as a sign of divine intervention and are believed to be a message from the gods or other divine forces. It is also thought that they might be messengers of hope and luck or bringers of a new beginning. If you’ve asked your deity for a sign, this could be it.
No matter what you believe, it is a wonderful thing to witness the beauty of shooting stars in the night sky. From scientific advancements to cultural significance, the power of shooting stars is undeniable. They are a reminder that we are all part of something much bigger and that a brighter future is always within reach.
So the next time you see a shooting star in the night sky, take a moment to appreciate its beauty and allow it to fill you with hope. Believe in yourself and the decisions that you make, and know that a bright future lies ahead.
Shooting Star reoccurring symbol
If you find yourself repeatedly finding imagery of Shooting Stars in art and literature it might be a sign that you need to know your future is in control, and have faith in the decisions you’re making or you’ve made. Shooting stars often appear as symbols of good luck, and a reminder that anything is possible.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by life, or lack the motivation needed to make positive changes. But shooting stars offer a reassuring nature, reminding us that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves. They symbolize both optimism and hope for brighter days ahead, so if you’re ever feeling lost or confused in life and stumble upon repeated symbolism of the shooting star, just know that you’re on track.
Shooting Star for love
Shooting stars are also commonly linked to love and romance, offering a reminder of the spark that can be ignited between two people. When feelings of love are present, it’s easy to feel like you’re in control of your own destiny and nothing else matters. It’s moments like these when shooting stars come into play, reminding us that anything is possible if we just
The most obvious symbolism behind shooting stars is that they represent dreams and wishes, often granted by the falling stars. It’s said that if you can catch a shooting star and make a wish, your dream could come true. That’s why it’s so important to keep an eye out when one passes by in the night sky, as who knows what dreams may come alive with just one glance!
Shooting Star for good luck and good fortune
The most obvious symbolism behind shooting stars is that they represent dreams and wishes, often granted by the falling stars. But not all shooting stars are created equal. Some are much brighter and bigger than others, and it’s said that these larger ones can bring you good luck if you happen to notice them. Seeing one in the night sky is thought to be an omen of a prosperous future or success. The more shooting stars you see, the more luck is said to come your way.
Shooting Star for witchcraft and spell casting
Witches love a celestial event. Eclipses, conjunctions, retrograde… we absolutely love the drama. It shows us how we are connected to the greater cosmos, and our work is supported by celestial beings. Shooting Stars offer a powerful source of energy that can be harnessed for spell casting.
When it comes to witchcraft, shooting stars are not just pretty displays in the night sky. They signify an immense power that witches can tap into and use for magickal purposes. Witches believe that when we’re in the presence of a shooting star, the energy around us is amplified and ready to be used. This could manifest as anything from protection magick to healing spells, depending on the witch’s intentions, but for the most part, it is used for abrupt yet fortunate changes.
The power of shooting stars has been known for centuries, and many witches have found their own unique ways of working with them. From making wishes under a falling star to sending prayers and chants to those we loved around a shooting star, we have always found ways to use the celestial energy of these beautiful objects.
We also collect crystals known as tektites, which are pieces of meteorite that have fallen to Earth. These stones are believed to be powerful aids for spell casting and rituals involving shooting stars, as they are believed to hold some of their energy within them. Moldavite was a particularly “trendy” tektite crystal a few years back, and I recently bought my partner a Pallasite slice as part of his birthday present collection. Witches love pretty rocks.
Whether you’re a witch or not, the power of shooting stars should not be underestimated.
Shooting Star for spiritual growth
If you’re looking for a nod to starting a spiritual journey, nothing heralds a new start quite like seeing a meteor shower.
Shooting stars are said to represent a kind of spiritual awakening and can help you to open your mind to different possibilities. It can be an indication that you need to go on a journey or make changes in your life, allowing yourself to explore more deeply and think more openly about the world around you.
Witnessing shooting stars in real life is a special moment everyone should experience. It can be incredibly calming and peaceful, offering the opportunity to reflect on the beauty of the universe and to appreciate how small we really are. No matter what you believe in, taking a few moments out to watch shooting stars might just provide the spiritual nourishment you need to feel recharged or reborn.
Shooting Star for when you’re alone
If you see a shooting star when you’re alone, then it’s truly a message for you, and what journey your life is on. Whether it’s bringing change, or a delightful delivery of good fortune your way, a shooting star is always an exciting reminder that you are part of something much bigger.
When we look up at the night sky and see a shooting star, it’s easy to feel a sense of belonging. It reminds us that even though our lives may seem small, we’re connected to something so much larger than ourselves. A shooting star can provide a sense of wonder and awe, reminding us that anything is possible if we just set our minds to it. So remember, the next time you see a shooting star, know that you’re never alone and make a wish for your journey ahead!
Shooting Star for when you’re with someone
When multiple people see the same shooting star together, they are bonded in some way. They may share similar goals, dreams or ambitions, and this connection will help them on their journey to achieving those things. So be sure to enjoy the moment when you next see a shooting star with someone special in your life! Let it be a time of gorgeous good fortune for you both and for everything you wish to accomplish.
Shooting Star for when you’re with someone you love or on a date
It’s a great sign to see a shooting star when you’re with someone you love. Whether it’s platonic or it’s romantic, it’s a nod towards spiritual protection I always feel. It’s as if someone is saying “yes, you were supposed to see this together and be here together right now” even if we are not clear as to what that is or how it is to turn out – we just have to trust the process and the journey.
If you’re on a date with someone and you both see a shooting star, it’s a sign of good luck and great fortune. That means two people who are destined to know each other, have connected with one another in some way. It’s the perfect symbol of serendipity – that you were both meant to be there at that time and space and see the star together. Enjoy the moment!
Making A Wish On A Shooting Star
When it comes to making a wish on a shooting star, you don’t have to get fancy about it or make an offering or even ritualise your space. A simple breath in, making your wish, and breathing out can be a powerful way to focus and bring your intentions into the world. The key is to be clear and concise with your wish as if you are speaking it directly to the shooting star.
When it comes to wishing upon a shooting star, the possibilities are truly endless. Seriously – there is no wrong thing to wish for! Whether you’re wishing for good health, inner peace, a new job, or anything else that you want to manifest in your life – have faith and know that the universe is listening. Take some time this week to look up at the night sky and make a wish on that beautiful shooting star – it will always be worth it.
What does it mean when you see a shooting star?
It’s generally a really good sign when you see a shooting star – there aren’t many mentions of it being ominous towards humanity, but I can understand why historically before dedicated astronomy-science civilisations were terrified of meteor showers.
For the most part, though, it’s seen as a good omen – you might be able to feel its energy around you when you catch sight of it. It can signify hope in dark times, and bring luck towards those who witness it. In some cases, seeing one might mean that something is coming into your life that will help you on whatever journey you are on. Look at what is happening in your life right now when you happen to see a meteor shower, and you’ll be able to connect its meaning for you.
Shooting stars have always held a special place in the realms of spiritual symbolism and divination. When a person can see a shooting star, they are given the opportunity to make a wish. Some believe that if you look up at the meteor showers, however, it is giving you a message only. And this my lovely, is meteormancy – the divination method of interpreting messages from the cosmic universe.
Meteormancy (also known under Aeromancy due to the weather involved) comes from Ancient Mesopotamia (Late Neolithic) and has several pieces of evidence of use from around 2100BCE. This is an open-ended form of divination that can be used with just being present to understand, so it’s great if you don’t have tools to hand.
It is for the interpretation of the directions of the meteors, the strength & numbers of the meteors, and the general interpretation of a sign from the universe (sometimes known as Iconomancy). Most particular cases you can read more about can be found via a quick online search or (my preference) an Ecosia search. You can use numerology to aid in deciphering themes, such as six meteors in the hour relating to sixes in balance, harmony and nurturing yourself.
I’d love to hear your own personal experiences of shooting stars, whether you’ve seen them from your bedroom window or whilst on an evening stroll – let me know in the comments below! I’m sure they will make for some magickal af reading.
Before you go, I’ll leave you with this quote on becoming, on journeys and of course shooting stars. Until next time xox
“I have realized; it is during the times I am far outside my element that I experience myself the most. That I see and feel who I really am, the most! I think that’s what a comet is like, you see, a comet is born in the outer realms of the universe! But it’s only when it ventures too close to our sun or to other stars that it releases the blazing “tail” behind it and shoots brazen through the heavens! And meteors become sucked into our atmosphere before they burst like firecrackers and realize that they’re shooting stars! That’s why I enjoy taking myself out of my own element, my own comfort zone, and hurling myself out into the unknown. Because it’s during those scary moments, those unsure steps taken, that I am able to see that I’m like a comet hitting a new atmosphere: suddenly I illuminate magnificently and fire dusts begin to fall off of me! I discover a smile I didn’t know I had, I uncover a feeling that I didn’t know existed in me… I see myself. I’m a shooting star. A meteor shower. But I’m not going to die out. I guess I’m more like a comet then. I’m just going to keep on coming back.”
― C. JoyBell C.”
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