The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks tonight, as it does every year in late July or early August. Caused by the dust left in the wake of the Swift-Tuttle comet, the Perseids appear near the constellation, Perseus, which gives them their name.
Since we are also in eclipse season, with the recent full moon lunar eclipse and the upcoming new moon solar eclipse, this is a pretty powerful time, astrologically speaking. Where eclipses can feel like overwhelming emotional tides, meteor showers are more like bright little bursts of inspiration. I’m not a master astrologer by any means, so my perspective on all of this is more about the physicality of important astrological events: how does it make you feel? Astrology is really about how the stars and planets and universe make us feel, after all.
When I look up at the full moon, I feel whole and content.
When I look up at the dark, starry sky on the new moon, I feel wonder and endless possibility.
When I watch a shadow cross the sun (with protective glasses…) during a solar eclipse, I feel my own shadows reveal themselves.
When I watch shooting stars streak across the sky during a meteor shower, I feel awe and like I’m sharing something ancient and monumental with the person next to me.
So bundle up tonight and sit out under the stars; we’re in for a special treat.
Tools and Supplies Needed
- Folding chairs or blanket to sit on
- Warm beverages
- Blankets to keep warm
- Diffuser bracelet or necklace
- Inspiring essential oil such as Envision, Inspiration or Peppermint
Normally, it’s not a ritual for me if there aren’t candles but it’s important to have total darkness for watching a meteor shower!
Set up your viewing space with the chairs and blankets and get comfy. Place a few drops of your chosen essential oil on the diffuser bracelet or necklace and put it on. You can also apply the diluted oil to your wrists with a roller ball.
I think meteor showers are best enjoyed with someone else so settle in for a cozy, romantic evening! As you look up and watch the shooting stars, though, think about what in your life needs a spark of inspiration or a boost of energy. Are you working on a new project or starting a new relationship? Do you just want a fresh outlook on life? Though these are normally things we think about at the new moon, I feel sitting under the wondrous night sky during a meteor shower is also a perfect time for it.
Breathe deeply and inhale the scent of your chosen oil. As each star crosses the sky, and think of it as a potential path you could take, one that you have to grab a hold of before it’s going forever, burned up like so much stardust.
Before the night is over, make a pact with yourself to grab one of those metaphorical stars, whichever one speaks to you most strongly.