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Do Shooting Stars Have the Power to Fulfill Wishes?

I've been a freelance writer focusing on astronomy and magic for over 12 years.

Read on to learn whether or not shooting stars have the power to fulfill wishes?

Read on to learn whether or not shooting stars have the power to fulfill wishes?

The Real Power of a Shooting Star

Can a shooting star really fulfill someone's wish? Is the whole idea just wishful thinking, or is there any real proof that wishing on stars works?

Quick answer: No, there isn't. I searched the internet about experiences people have had wishing on stars. I found that this practice has been followed in many cultures, since ancient times, and that a shooting star is not a star at all—it is, in fact, a meteoroid. However, these facts didn't get me any closer to the truth, so I started reading about peoples' personal stories.

Peoples' Stories About Shooting Stars

  • One woman looking for love found it only two weeks after wishing on a shooting star!
  • Another person—who has close ties with NASA and who has seen more than his fair share of shooting stars—has wished on many stars, but none of his wishes have ever come true.
  • A mother whose family's financial troubles were magically resolved after wishing on a star.

I'm not equipped to say for sure if wishing on stars works or not. The majority of stories I've read about end without wishes being fulfilled, and of course, even if your wish does come true, there's no way to determine what made it happen.

But regardless of what we believe, it's probably a part of our human nature to secretly wish that shooting star-wishes might come true. So why not try? It doesn't cost a thing, and it's worth a shot!

Who Believes in Shooting Stars?

Here are some interesting facts about people throughout history who believed in luck from shooting stars.

  • Swabians (who lived in southwest Germany) believed that seeing a shooting star predicted one year of good luck. On the other hand, if a Swabian saw three in one night, that meant he was doomed to die.
  • After Greek astronomer Ptolemy's time (AD 127-151), there was a widely accepted and poetic explanation that when curious gods would peek down at earth, a star or two would slip down and become a shooting star. Thus, when you saw one, you knew that the gods were looking down at that very moment and so it was an excellent time to have your wishes heard by the gods.
  • In Chile, if you see a meteor you're supposed to immediately pick up a stone for luck.
  • In the Philippines, if you see a shooting star, for good luck you must tie a knot in a handkerchief before the meteor stops falling.
  • In Switzerland, a meteor was considered to possess the power of God.
  • In some Baltic countries and central Europe, people thought that each person had their own personal star which, when they died, died with them and fell from the sky. This is why it was common practice to say something like "rest in peace" or "go with God" if you saw a meteor.
  • When the Ensisheim meteorite fell in Alsace (now France) in 1492, the holy Roman emperor Maximillian assembled a council which decided that the event was a good omen for the wars with France and the Turks.

How to Wish on a Star

Here are various rules and customs for proper wish-making:

  • Close your eyes while you're wishing.
  • Repeat "Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight: I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight," and then make your wish.
  • You can't tell anyone what you wished, or else it won't come true.
  • You must believe in your wish, or else it won't be granted.
  • If you tie a knot in a handkerchief (or pick up a stone) before the meteor disappears, you'll have good luck.

What Disbelievers Say

Pragmatics: Why would anyone think that things like world peace, being successful, or finding true love depend on making the right wish at the right time? Who really thinks that a small space rock that's burning in the upper atmosphere has any effect on your life (unless of course it falls to earth and hits your house)?

Semantics: It's not a star (it's a meteor) and there's no shooting involved (it's falling). Do you really want to put all your hope on a falling rock?

Physics: If wishes and stars were connected, then presumably your wish must travel at the speed of light. The nearest star is 4.2 light years away. It would take 4.2 years for your wish to travel to that star and just as long for it to come back to you. That's eight and a half years for a wish!

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How Can I See a Shooting Star?

Meteors fall all the time and can't be predicted. According to the American Meteor Society,

The number of random, or “sporadic” meteors that can be seen in the night sky is quite variable, depending upon such factors as the time of night, time of year, light pollution, and cloud conditions. Perhaps the most important factors necessary in order to observe meteors are to have a clear, unobstructed view, out in the open, and under as dark sky conditions as possible.

You might see more meteors just before sunrise. You may also see more in early fall (around September).

Of course, if there's a meteor shower, that's a great time to see a shooting star. For anyone who wants to see one, a calendar or skywatching guide can let you know what upcoming events to look for in the night sky, including meteor showers!

What About You?

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Veda on June 13, 2020:

I never saw a shooting star. but I wanted to wish for princess power.

steven kimbrough on May 28, 2020:

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Jade on March 29, 2020:

I like how different cultural about shooting stars were told & described!

steven on March 11, 2020:

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real steven kimbrough on February 12, 2020:

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Antonio on January 05, 2020:

Believe me or not I was walking home at 11:30 at night I asked God to show me that he is real a shooting star pass over my head that night and I have seen a caveman or a Bigfoot in Wichita falls Texas right in the park of Lucy Park we seen it and he turned at us in the car and stared for 3 seconds we had a German shepherd with us and she was barking at it that's how I knew it was real I also have dreams of me flying and they say it's because I'm trying to escape from the evil on this world and also whenever we was young we would stay outside all night jumping on the trampoline and there was this yellow garage and all of suddenly the yellow garage blew up in flames we went to go tell our parents in came back out it was just a regular yellow garage again but there was about 10 of us out there that night so I believe there is good in the world and that there is bad in the world so what route would you go!!

candace on January 01, 2020:

I saw a shooting star today. Today is the first day of the new year. 01-01-2020 How lucky and magical is that? I consider it very lucky and very magical.

Franklin on December 16, 2019:

I believe that shooting star come true if you believe

Cat on December 05, 2019:

I used to wish every single night when i was little that I would have a boyfriend. I still remembered the chant... starlight star bright...

and now since i've been 13 I haven't been single for more than 3 months. i've been very very lucky with relationships! i'm 17 now and have been with my current girlfriend for a year and 4 months. She was my first girl i dated. I wished for boys and yes I did date boys since I was 13 but I got something I didn't wish for but really wanted all along!

Nana adwoa on October 26, 2019:

Hmmmm it is true

Lene on October 06, 2019:

5 years ago i saw a shooting star very early in the morning. I think it was 3AM. It was huge and very bright. I made a wish. Then few months after it became true. I also made a wish before when i was a child and it became true. I believe that it is true..

Mandy on August 06, 2019:

What I think is if u truly believe this will happen it will all u have to have is faith

pinky magdalaga on June 12, 2019:

i saw a shooting star and i made a wish and it cae i believe in shooting star

Itz D Bantin Barthos on May 04, 2019:

In 2013 I saw a shooting star and I made a wish and it came true.

2 years later I saw another wishing star and I made a wish wishing to correct a mistake and it came true.

So I believe in shooting star all my life.

I always stare at the sky to see one and I did I made a new wish and am waiting for it to come true

I really need this one,

Rudy on April 26, 2019:

Doe falling stars being you good luck like bringing a loved one back in your life

Fayleen on March 26, 2019:

Shooting stars are fairys flying

Prableen on December 08, 2018:

I just saw shooting star

Cybil on November 03, 2018:

I saw a shooting star tonight!!! I hope my wish will come true.

The Magical Unicorn on November 02, 2018:

I just saw one.

Danielle on October 18, 2018:

Moose Toys said they can’t re-release the Cutie Cars Park and Party video. So I wish they would change their mind and bring that video back out to the public on YouTube.

deleah on August 28, 2018:

I just saw a shooting star yay

Just seen two shooting stars cadillac MI on July 29, 2018:

I looked up just in time and my wish came true

Sherry on June 18, 2018:

Just seen a shooting star! Columbus,Ohio

Sravani on May 28, 2018:

Ok you guys must read this!! i was bored one night..soo i went to see outside my window the star were twinkling and it like was so shining at i'll tell you that was the first time happening in singapore i was shocked and then suddenly something just zoomed across me and seriously guess what.. it was bright shooting star.....i immediately made a wish, the wish was "i wanted to be 3rd 2nd or 1st in the class."this happend when i was in 3rd standered..and when end of the 3rd standered i was the 3rd in the class. Means my wish was fulfied..i cant belive it...thank you god....!!!!!

Jayden on May 14, 2018:

I love shooting stars and i think they are very pretty

rita on May 12, 2018:

I haven't seen a wishing star but if i do i will wish to change the mistake i did. ;(

Hannah hunter on May 10, 2018:

Can I make a star

Anime lover!!! on April 15, 2018:

I love shooting stars and I believe in them with all my heart

Shreya Sharma on March 24, 2018:

I believe in shooting stars

Payal on March 10, 2018:

I Love shooting star

Matthew Gutierrez on March 06, 2018:

i wish the cartoon characters from the incredible of dic were real and my best friends including inspector gadget and sabrina the animated series

Joanna on February 13, 2018:

I just saw a shooting star walking my dog! I've never seen anything like this before! Soooo beautiful! I really hope that my wish will come true!

Alana on February 03, 2018:

I had been sitting outside. I was looking up at the sky talking to my grandmother that had just past a few months ago and god. I then saw a shooting star and made a wish. I know it was also a sign of god and my grandmother talking back letting me know they were listening.

rthomas on December 19, 2017:

I saw a Shooting Star walking the dog & talking to God. l felt that God was talking back too me. I like thinking positive, something good is definitely is coming my way.:)

Talesia on December 10, 2017:

I love shooting stars,and I know if I make a wish it will come throught

Josephine on November 19, 2017:

even you don't saw a shooting star but you have a strong believe of your wish it will come true.

Michelle on October 28, 2017:

1’m 19 years old and I wished to run a marathon under 3h and I did it!!! Always believe a shooting star!

J on October 14, 2017:

After 19 years, I have finally seen my first shooting star yesterday morning. I've always had an open mind for stuff like this so I decided to make my wish. I'm glad I started taking walks in the dark.

Doni on September 07, 2017:

Well i've seen one about 4,5 months ago , and i wished to see someone and i saw him after 15 min ! Wasn't even possible for him to be there . It rly did work