Do Shooting Stars Have the Power to Fulfill Wishes?
There is no solid evidence where the practice of wishing on shooting stars comes from. Some people believe that shooting stars a symbol of hope, others associate them with divine powers and think of them as angels. Some even believe that they are magical and can transform your life once you've made a wish.
I think it's a combination of things. Once you make the wish you can't just let is sit there. You have to do something about it. Try to get what you want in life, make the wish your starting point. After you've done that you can fully embrace it and start working towards what you want most in your life.
Japan has what is called the Tanabata festival or “star” festival. The festival takes place on the 7th day of the 7th month (July). According to the Chinese legend this specific time the two stars, Altair and Vega, which are usually separated from each other by the Milky Way, are able to meet.
Because the 7th month of the year roughly coincides with August rather than July according to the formerly used lunar calendar, Tanabata is still celebrated on August 7th in some regions of Japan, while it is celebrated on July 7th in other regions.
One popular custom is to write your wishes on a piece of paper, and hang the piece of paper on a specially erected bamboo tree, in the hope that the wishes come true.
I haven't found any other major festivals that have to do with wishing and stars.
Maybe wishing on a shooting star really does make your wishes come true, even if it really is a meteor. Maybe, just maybe by wishing on a shooting star what you're really doing is pushing yourself to believe in what you want most in life. Once you come to that realization the wheels have been put into motion and you try harder to get what you most want.
In any case, I’m not sure how rare shooting stars are, but if you aren’t looking you're sure to miss one. If wishing on a shooting star makes you feel better, happier and more able to go for the things you want most in life, wish away!