Sylvia Sky, astrologer, Tarot reader, and gemstone enthusiast, is a widely published author of books and articles about spiritual matters.
Wishing Upon a Star? Do It Right
If wishing on stars hasn’t resulted in getting your wishes, try being methodical and mindful about it. We don’t know when people began wishing on stars, but it's a very ancient practice—and no tradition survives unless there’s some truth to it.
We now know that we're created of the same substance as stars, but adults have been shamed out of speaking to them. However, a ritual involving stars is almost universally taught or passed down; the one below is taught to English-speaking children.
Upon seeing the evening sky's first star, recite:
“Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
have the wish I wish tonight.”
Then make a wish.
Science says there’s a four percent chance of getting our wish entirely by coincidence, but we all want the percentage to be higher. We can strive to make it so.
Choose the Right Star to Wish On
The advice used to be “wish on a star, not a planet,” but because many people can’t tell planets from stars, they wish on what they see.
Logically, it is best to wish on a planet. As parts of our solar system, the planets are nearer to us, enmeshed with us, and it is a fact that Earth receives planetary vibrations. The planets in turn receive Earth vibrations. Hopes and wishes create thought waves. When you wish on planets there is no doubt that your thoughts will reach them.
Generally brighter than most stars, planets also have a different, limpid quality, giving steady light. “Stars twinkle, planets don’t” is true. When we look westward soon after sunset, the planet most likely to stand out is Venus, the sky’s brightest object after the Sun and Moon, and if the sky is clear, like the Sun and Moon the planet doesn't blink.
About half the time, though, Venus is either too close to the Sun to see, or Venus is a morning star. Other planets to wish on, shining brightly, particularly in the southern half of the evening sky, might be Mars, Jupiter or Saturn.
Astronomers have pointed out that wishing on a star, as distinct from a planet, might be wishing on literally nothing. Some stars are so many millions of light-years from the Earth that by the time their light reaches us, our chosen star might have burned itself out or imploded, or been swallowed up by a black hole in space. This might be why so many wishes on stars do not come true.
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Choose the Right Wish and Speak It
We know ancient people made wishes, because the word “wish” is from a root word, much older than written language, that meant “to desire” or “to strive for.”
Upon glimpsing the first star or planet of the night, say the ritual rhyme and make your wish on the spot.
But: Should you say the poem out loud, or silently to yourself? The greater the vibration, the greater the effect: so speak the poem. Should you state your wish aloud? It’s better if you do. You needn’t be by yourself, either. If others are present while you do this ritual, self-consciousness might keep you from wishing for something inappropriate.
The link between you and the star or planet is vibrational. The negative vibrations of vengeful or sourpuss wishes don't travel very far.
Preparing and Sending Your Wish
Wish positively. Wish on the future. Rather than “Bring my ex back,” try saying, “I wish that my next love will be The One.” Wish specifically. Rather than, “I wish for more money,” try “I wish for the energy to try for a higher-paying job.”
- For bad luck to befall anyone.
- For superpowers (e.g., invisibility or time travel)
- To bring back the dead.
- To bend people to your will.
- For people to change—as adults, we all know that people change only when they want to.
Guidelines for Wishes
Wish for yourself and not others. Don't send a tattered old wish like "win the lottery" that's always disappointed you. And if you wouldn’t want it wished on you, don’t wish it on another. How would you like it if your partner wished aloud that you “would lose weight and look 10 years younger”?
If you are by yourself when you wish, say your wish aloud to increase its connection with the universe. After that, tell no one your wish. It’s between you and the celestial object you wished on. It heard your wish. Now let it work.
Wishing on "Shooting Stars"
Shooting stars in the night sky are swift and elusive and thus breathtaking. Traditionally they are good omens and you may wish on them, but they aren’t the best bet for wishes coming true.
Shooting stars are meteors: pieces of space rock falling into Earth’s atmosphere. The atmosphere resists their free-fall, causing the rock to break up in flames. A shooting star is the last hurrah of a random piece of space rock before it turns to eternal dust. From Earth we see a streak of light such as we see when we strike a match.
We tend to glimpse shooting stars at random, and most of them vanish before we have a chance to formulate a wish. In the Philippines, wishing on a shooting star requires that you instantly and simultaneously pick up a stone to connect your wish to the Earth because the “shooting star” you wished on no longer exists and cannot receive your wish vibration.
Legend explains shooting stars as heavenly beings peeking through their sky curtain, knocking some stars loose and causing them to fall. For a brief time, the blink of an eye, there was no barrier between ourselves and the divine. That probably explains why seeing a shooting star was an optimal moment to make a wish. But for best results wish on a steady light.
The Ritual Words
“Star Light, Star Bright,” the short rhyming poem recited before making a wish, comes from American tradition, not European tradition. The first example of this poem in print was in 1866, and it spread to England. There is no author; it was folklore, an oral tradition, and someone finally wrote it down and printed it.
Scholars have tried to trace the source of this rhyme that almost all English-speaking children learn and know by heart. They had to give up and call it a mystery.
Looking at the poem closely, we see it’s a very respectful request to the star or planet, almost like a prayer. The first words address the star politely by its title, and give it a compliment: “Star light, star bright.” The next line says, “first star I see tonight,” confirming that the wish must be on the first star-like object seen: often, it's the brilliant planet Venus, a natural choice. “I wish I may, I wish I might,” humbly requests the wish as a personal favor.
“Have the wish I wish tonight” mentions only one wish. It’s wrong to cheat by making more than one wish or wishing more than once. Do not wish on another star during that night, or the wish’s vibrational energies will be scattered and weakened.
One well-formulated and well-spoken wish on a star is worth ten vague silent notions!
Now, with discipline and deeper knowledge, try wishing again on a star.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Sylvia Sky
Iqra from East County on May 02, 2021:
Hi, Sylvia thanks for sharing another interesting article. Peace and Blessings