This month is an excellent time for making wishes with the meteor shower peaking. In case you didn't know that is what most shooting stars are. So lets look at this myth and others.

Ptolemy wrote that sometimes when the gods would peer down to earth from between the spheres that stars would slip through becoming visible as shooting stars. Other Greeks however viewed falling stars to be rising and falling human souls. In some cultures shooting stars foretold a birth while in others it was a sign of death. Some Jews and Christians viewed them as falling angels or demons. Another superstition is that if you say money three times while seeing a shooting star then a wish for money will come true. It some cultures it is a sign that a soul has been released from purgatory. Have pimples? Passing a cloth over them during a falling star is suppose to be a cure for them.