Sunday 17th & Monday 18th November; it is the Leonid meteors; one of the most prolific meteor showers also known as shooting stars. The shower peaks this year the night of 17th/18th November and 18/19th November, but you may see some meteors from 14th - 21st November. With the Full Moon on the 12th November this is just before the quarter moon, so there could be reasonable viewings if the weather stays clear. See Time & Date website or EarthSky Website for more.
The Leonids have had occasional periods when hundreds of meteors can be seen, roughly every 33 years, and were especially stunning in 1799, 1833, 1866, 1966 and 1998. Photo of Leonid Meteor in 2009 by Ed Sweeney at Flickr.
This shower has produce meteor storms in the past, but a Leonid storm is not expected this year. The Leonids are usually modest, with typical peak rates of about 10 to 15 meteors per hour, in the darkness before dawn. Look for the shower radiating from the constellation Leo after midnight. This meteor stream is associated with Comet Tempel-Tuttle. As the meteors in the stream are thought to be dust particles released from the comet it is thought likely that there is a dense stream of such particles in the path of the comet and located close to it. The Earth's orbit passes close to the comet's orbit each year in November and the Earth collides with these particles of cometary debris following the comet's orbit. According to the EarthSky Website, it is a myth that we need focus only on ethe radiant point to see Meteors. In fact it seems they often don’t become visible until they are 30 degrees or so from their radiant point, so they are streaking out from the radiant in all directions.
Thus the Leonid meteors – like meteors in all annual showers – will appear in all parts of the sky.
Even if you can't see anything, there will be an impact energetically.
You can invoke the Angel Zikiel (Angel Guardian of Meteors and Asteroids) to help bring in new ideas. The image of Zikiel (left) is by Richard Rockwood from Angela McGerr's Heart & Soul Angel Cards.
Zikiel guides the comets and meteorites in their eternal passage through space, tracking man's galactic origins and offers you a visionary flash of inspiration from the Sky.
You can invoke Zikiel by calling his name three times (pronunciation = Zick ee el) and adding 'I call upon you to be with me now, 'in love & light, in love & light, in love and light'.
If you have a clear quartz, you can programme it with Zikiel's name and keep it with you to help capture any inspirational thoughts channelled from the heavens tonight and also to help your heart to make the right choices.
This ritual is taken from Angela McGerr's An Angel For Every Day - now out of print and in very short supply. However, But we do still have some of Angela's out of print titles (gerenerally also personally signed by her) available via Harmony Healing Shop.
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