Posted by: ~KC~ | July 7, 2008

Wishing on a Star

Did you know that July is the national Ice Cream, Baked Beans and Hot Dog month (perhaps not eaten together, all at the same time… could be pretty raunchy… uck) in North America???


I found out today that July 7th is Tanabata, a Japanese Star Festival.


Now typically, I wouldn’t write about such things but I find it to be very relevant with what I am experiencing in my life at the moment.


According to Wikipedia (the know-it-all of the internet, thank gawd!), one of the customs is to write wishes on small pieces of paper, hang them on bamboo (sometimes decorated).  They are then set afloat on a river or burned after the festival, around midnight or on the next day.


The folklore behind this celebration is even more tragically romantic… separated lovers due to a lie – who meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar.  And the celebration is at night, since the stars come out at night.  If it rains – then the lovers will be unable to meet and your wish will have to wait for the following year.


Now – according to the local weather network – it’s gonna be a scorcher today and rain isn’t expected until MAYBE tomorrow.  So today is a good day to put in writing some of our wishes and set them free into the universe.  Be as specific as you can, because the universe tends to give you exactly what you asked for – if you are vague, you will get vagueness.  And maybe, just maybe… a wish or two can come into being for each one of us.



  1. mmmh… yes it’s a romantic vision… true…

    but I mostly remember july because it’s my bday!!!… you know, leos are so… egocentric! 😛


  2. 😛 my bday is on 23rd… and wishin’ on a star is a MARVELLOUS song by sir paul weller!

  3. What a neat holiday! Sadly, no time to set wishes afloat on the river, or burn them…

  4. @ RC – Then hon… set the wishes in your heart and envision them set afloat on a boat…

  5. I believe it is also blueberry month here in the States.

  6. What a lovely idea… setting our wishes free. Very poetic!

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