Long before we became slaves to the internet, myths filled our lives with stories, information and entertainment.
This morning as I took my predawn stroll along the seashore of Kona I saw a shooting star. Honestly I don’t remember the last time I saw a shooting star; it could be I have just been to inattentive about the world around me. Does that sound familiar? So, naturally, I went to the internet to refresh myself about the myths associated with falling stars.
Myths about the night sky
- Pointing is rude! The ancients believed stars were gods. Pointing at a star (a god) could anger the god, bringing bad luck upon the pointing person.
- Gazing upon the first star of the night is enough to win your heart’s desire, so say it with me; star light, star bright, first star I see tonight….
- A ring around the moon with a single star situated inside means clear weather ahead. Multiple stars inside the ring determine how many days of rain are ahead.
- According to some myths, shooting stars are souls being released from purgatory to allow them to ascend to heaven and peace, or it may be a the soul of a new baby coming to earth.
There are countless myths about stars and the night sky; all I know is seeing that shooting star (and please don’t bother telling me it is a piece of rock bouncing off earth’s atmosphere) brought me a moment of joy. For just a moment I was a little kid again filled with wonder at the world around me. A great message to myself about being aware of my own world.
Think, Believe, Receive
Wish upon a star, seek your life’s love, ask for money, see god’s assembled above, myths make life fun, if you Think, Believe, Receive. Aloha!