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What Are Astrological Meteors?

Patricia Lantz C.Ht.
meteor shower

Few modern astrologers give meteors much significance. However, in ancient days, they were avidly followed. The ancients called the Earth's visible planets wanders and thought the stars were attached to a celestial dome that swirled around the Earth each day. But meteor showers were aberrant and were therefore considered very significant. The ancients believed meteor showers were portents of change.

Meteor Showers and Astrology

Today's astrologers can only speculate on the astrological significance meteor showers.

No Significance

Some astrologers believe meteor showers have no significance at all because they evaporate in Earth's atmosphere.

Affect Specific Signs in a Natal Chart

Some believe meteor showers sprinkle something new in certain areas of your life. As an example, the yearly November Taurids Meteor Shower, which radiates from constellation Taurus, will shower the Taurus area of every individual's birth chart with something new.

Spark Inspiration

Intuitive astrologer and healer, Rachel Lang, says meteor showers are "like little bursts of aha moments."

Express the Constellations

Still, more astrologers speculate that since the meteor showers emanate from the constellations, they express the characteristics of that constellation. And as they fall to Earth, they bring something that must be assimilated on planet Earth. An interesting example of this is the Leonid Meteor Showers.

The Leonid Meteor Shower

The night of November 12, 1833, is the discovery date of the Leonid meteor shower and also the date meteor astronomy was born. Many Native Americans refer to this night as "the night the stars fell." The Leonid meteor shower radiates from the Leo constellation near its Royal star, Regulus. Its peak date is November 17. The Leo constellation and Regulus both symbolically represent fame, power, and wealth, as well as how quickly the famous, powerful, and wealthy can come tumbling down.

The Leonid's Enhanced Activity

Every 33 years or so, the Leonid showers enter a phase of ramped-up activity that's brought on by the return of its parent comet, Temple Tuttle. The last enhanced period occurred from 1998 to 2002 and the previous was from 1965 to 1968. Due to events that happened during these years, you could speculate that the enhanced Leonids are a significant omen that something especially momentous or calamitous was about to change the course of history.

  • During the most recent enhanced Leonid period, 1998 to 2002, the phallic symbols of wealth and power, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, were brought down.
  • During the previous enhanced period, 1965 to 1968, influential leaders were brought down. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated in 1968.

What Is a Meteor?

When comets come around the Sun, they leave an orbiting trail of dust that contains meteors that can be as small as a grain or as large as a boulder. Each year the Earth passes through this debris. When this orbiting trail of comet dust collides with Earth's atmosphere, they disintegrate and create fiery streaks in the sky, called meteor showers.

Meteor Showers

A meteor shower is a collection of meteors that light up and become visible when Earth passes through the trail of a comet. The particles of a meteor shower travel at the same speed on parallel paths. From an earthly perspective, a meteor shower seems to radiate from a single constellation in the sky. This is similar to the way parallel lines on the ground appear to originate from the same spot on the horizon. A meteor shower is usually named for the constellation from which it seems to originate. There are 112 established meteor showers each year.

Your "Aha Moment"

Viewing a spectacular cosmic phenomenon like a meteor shower can remind you of the grandeur and majesty of the universe. So when you witness meteors lighting up and shooting across the heavens in unison toward Earth, perhaps that's your "aha moment."Astrologers may speculate and find correlations, but if there's an astrological significance to meteors and meteor showers, it seems to be beyond human understanding.

What Are Astrological Meteors?