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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Witching Hour

According to an old Pagan belief, the time between midnight and 3:00 A.M. on the night of the full moon is the “Witching Hour.” During this period, the veil between the spirit world and earth supposedly thins, allowing entities from other realms to visit us humans.

Some Christians call 3:00 A.M. the “Devil’s Hour.” Based on the idea that Jesus died at 3:00 P.M., this theory proposes that the opposite point on the clock belongs to the dark side, i.e., demonic forces whose power is strongest at this time.

Regardless of whether you subscribe to either of these concepts, you may experience unusual or inexplicable occurrences between three and four in the morning. Many people report hearing sounds or smelling aromas that have no discernable source. Others say they sense the presence of nonphysical beings––angels, spirit guides, deceased loved ones––when they wake during this eerie hour. One summer night several years ago, when my sister slipped into a coma unexpectedly, I awoke to the tinkling of tiny bells and the scent of her perfume. She died a few days later.

Researchers suggest that we reach the deepest levels of sleep between 3:00 and 4:00 A.M., and that the most vivid dreams of the night are likely to occur at this time. During this stage, our awareness may expand beyond the normal range, enabling us to perceive other levels of reality. If we’re fearful, or conditioned to believe that evil lurks in the shadows, we might interpret our early morning experiences as demonic rather than instructive.

Many of us find ourselves wide awake at, well, 3:15 in the morning. This is the time when I often do my best thinking. With nothing to distract me, I can no longer avoid whatever issues I’ve pushed aside during the daytime. In the still of the night, my subconscious finally feels free to offer up insights I might otherwise block or reject, giving me a chance to explore them at length.

I must admit, though, that I often feel alone and vulnerable in the darkest hours of the night. Problems tend to look scarier, bleaker, more formidable and beyond my control. Perhaps that’s the real meaning of the “Devil’s Hour”––when we come face to face with our own Shadows (as Jung called the repressed part of the psyche), the personal demons that lurk in our inner darkness.

Do angels or demons visit you at night? Do you find the early hours of the morning serene or sinister? We invite you to share your thoughts and experiences.

40 comments:

David said...

Wow I have been waking up at that hour of the morning for most my life, very interesting information,awesome insight ! Thanks Dave

Skye Alexander said...

Thanks for reading and commenting, Dave.

Tyler said...

I acually have had a few paranormal activities happen in my life time... One I want to share with you is a time when I was about 10-11 yrs old and I was pushed out of my bed (Not fall out) while I was sleeping. When I awakened I heard 2-3 fairy like laughters. Like they were enjoying it. The reason I stated that I did not fall out is because I was about 7 ft away from my bed and I also woke up as soon as they pushed me. This truly frightened me to the greatest extent. Now I live in fear and WILL NOT by any means fall asleep at the (Devil's Hour).

Skye Alexander said...

Quite an amazing experience, Tyler! Thanks for sharing it with us.

James said...

As a child I once awoke in a dreary state. I was dreadfully scared of the dark and crawled through the house. I saw a twinkling light smaller than my hand swaying around in a hall. When I attempted to grab it I blacked out, and awoke in the mornin in the middle of the floor. A few months later we were living in a new house I awoke again in the same dreary state. Looking out my window I witnessed a much larger light dancing around an old oak outside. When I walked outside I hit a invisible barrier and awoke the next day in the tree. On a high branch, in which my parents tried to get me out of and I fell and cracked my head. When I left the hospital I never again feared the dark or seen any lights. I do quite often find my mind awaking me around 2am and not allowing me to sleep.

Skye Alexander said...

Very interesting experience, James. It shows how our worlds––awake, asleep––overlap and intersect. Is there really a distinction? What do you make of it al
l? Thanks for sharing with us!

Anonymous said...

I woke up at 3:15 am for a week straight after seeing a documentary about a string of murders that occurred at 3:15, but it stopped and recently in the last two years has occurred again but not as frequent. Well my friend told me that 3 am is the time if the holy Trinity and Satan is allowed to project hus evil unto the world only for an hour. Is there any truth to this or does anyone know enough to explain to me why my mind tricked myself into waking up everynight?

Skye Alexander said...

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm not sure if anyone really knows why this particular time of the night seems to have such an influence on us, although many theories exist. We appreciate everyone's input and ideas.

Anonymous said...

Hey, my name is Seth Mohs i am a 13 year old boy, i have a story to share. My story is once when i was 4 my grandpa died. At age 9 i had this experience that still haunts me to this day, one night at 3:15 i was aroused by a very bright light, i woke up and stared at it for a while then my grandpa walked out of it and said, take care of your mom. But he said it in a scared scream. Then i saw a horned creature grab him and pull him into the ground... I have always been scared of the ground at 3:15... I have quit having dreams but i'm still scarred...

Skye Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing your experience, Seth. An interesting dream! I'm interested in hearing more about what you describe as a "sacred scream." I assume you don't mean "scared scream" right? What does this mean to you?

ganesh said...

whenever i had ghost dream i woke up at exact 3:15 am. i dont know why its happen. kindly let me know friends.

Allen John said...

After a late night New Year church service, I argued with my wife at 3 AM. On the 22nd of January 2012, I dreamt of my late grandmother, whom I was very fond, and it(since she is not alive anymore) spoke to me in mother tongue "saying don't come close to, you have rough time ahead in your life and everything around me is going to fall apart. I woke up at the time was 3:30 AM. Next night, I had a out of body experience, I could see myself trying to wake myself up while two shadowy figures was standing at the food of bed. I said the Lord's Prayer and I woke and looked at the time and it was 3:30 AM again. On feb 2, 2012, my wife and I had a major fight, and she left me. And now I am going through a divorce. This is just one instance of the madness I had to deal with this year. I still randomly wake up at the between 3 and 3:30 AM, and if its a nightmare I am dealing with, I just curse everything/anything in me and around me and go back to sleep because that's the only things that calms me down now.

Is there anything with the number 34 or 43?? Because I have been seeing that number since october and even now I see that number under "Please prove you're not a robot"

Skye Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing your experience, Allen. Sorry you've had a tough year, but it's interesting that you got precognitive information from your grandmother about what was coming.

In numerology, when you add the digits in the number 34 or 43, you get a sum of 7. That number is associated with withdrawing into yourself to gain insight or to explore inner dimensions. It can signify spiritual seeking or a desire for peace, respite, and solitude. But it's also a number of wholeness--think of the 7 colors of the visible spectrum, the 7 notes in a musical scale, and the 7 days of the week.

Good luck with the transition you're going through. May your dreams continue to guide you.

Eddie said...

I just want to share with you a 3AM experiences i keep having! I keep experiencing a spirit that paralyzes me while Im laying in bed awake. Last night it paralized me while laying in the bed with the light on. That was a first time for that with the light on. Why is this happening? Can anybody give me some insight? I have been told Im a prophet.

Skye Alexander said...

Wish I had an answer, Eddie, but I don't know why this is happening to you. Have your asked the spirit what its purpose is? Quite an amazing experience––I hope someone else can offer some insight. Thanks for sharing it with us. If you discover more, I hope you'll let us know.

Seth Duran said...

Hey Skye I have been waking up at 3:30 am on the money for a few years now. Not exactly sure why I have heard of the devils hour. I also know I have a lot on my mind at times. So with that being said I fear no evil cause The Lord Jesus Christ is with me . Why 330 exactly I don't know kind of weird . Many things have happened in my life and I have thought that an evil presence was working behind the scenes to disrupt my life. This is something that is hard for people to understand if they have no belief in god. Many of theses sites have people that try to justify or rationalize with science and that's fine I too think along the same lines . But can there be another reason for this? I just know from my experience there is not much I can do wish I could sleep till five.

Anonymous said...

I have a 2 & 1/2 year old boy who awakes EVERY night between 3 & 3:30AM. He awakes screaming about witches and ghosts trying to get him. He even described a snakelike creature with a long tongue that was after him. I googled the topic today and came across this site... I must say that it's a little worrisome for me to think that he is having these "dreams" and it just so happens to be during these hours. Just to give it a shot - I hung a "witch ball" in his window today. Lets see if we awake tonight between 3 & 3:30AM.

Skye Alexander said...

Thanks for writing. I can imagine how upsetting it must be for you and your son to awake from frightening nightmares. I hope you can get him to talk about the meanings behind his dream symbols. Snakes, for example, have long represented hidden knowledge. Ghosts and witches signify forces beyond the ordinary world and communication with supernatural beings.

Many psychologists and dream workers believe that everything in our dreams signifies a part of ourselves (yes, I know, it might be hard for a two-year-old to understand that, but perhaps you can decipher the info and gain insight into what's troubling your son). In dream therapy, people are often advised to stand up to their "demons" and ask what they want, rather than running away––can you help your son do that?

I'd also like to suggest that you not perpetuate negative stereotypes about witches and ghosts. (I'm not sure what you mean by a witch ball.) Encouraging your son understand these beings can help him realize they offer him no threat. It's possible that he's receiving nighttime visitations (not uncommon in young children who are more in touch with the spirit world than adults) but doesn't understand them and therefore finds them frightening. I hope you'll read up on such things so you can help him find peace.

Best wishes for you and your family.

isis said...

After reading all these accounts of the witching hour, I know now that all these attacks I have endured over the years are demonic.
I have had compression on my chest while asleep with paralysis, been pushed off my bed many times (no injuries though), have had scratches and bruises on my body unexplained and much much more.
My faith in Jesus has kept me alive and frightened these evil beings away as best as possible. I want to re assure people out there not to be frightened but say Jesus name and in an instant stops the attack.
I would use a crucifix in the room and have holy water sprinkled in every corner of the room that one is affected,
holy water is very very powerful combined with prayer.
An orthodox monk told me that holy water stings negative spirits and after a while, they will leave the individual alone. These spirits thrive on fear. Do not be afraid as they fear Jesus and love nothing more than scaring Christians and very good souls.I hope this might help some of you out there experiencing this problem.

Skye Alexander said...

Thanks for reading and commenting. You might also try asking the spirit why it's there and what it wants. Sometimes spirits visit us and attempt to get our attention by pushing us, making noises, etc. That doesn't mean they're necessarily evil. In some cases, they may have messages for us. When we acknowledge them, they may go away.

Last summer, three friends and I stayed in a very old house where an elderly lady had recently died. All four of us saw, heard, or felt her presence. She called my name loudly, sat on my friend Lyndsey's bed, and showed herself as a ghost-like being to another friend. Several times I heard her walking around the house. She meant no harm, she was just checking to make sure we were taking good care of her beloved house.

Neil McFarlane said...

My beloved eldest sister was murdered brutally (along with her new lover) by her ex-husband in July, 1979.

I don't know what the time of death was however I was only a 6 year old.

After this my parents had bars put on all the windows; a child's reality is very different to adults (as we know) and it's half fantasy (life that is).

When I was 9 or 10, I consistently woke at night - I'm not sure it was 3am - and I believed someone would slide through the bars and stab me to death. Just as my sister had met her fate.

Interestingly enough, I am now writing a book about my life without my sister and my journey, and I often wake at 3am and write some very insightful content at this time.

I saw a psychic and she said it is your sister talking with you, and that when you get stuck for ideas take a break for 5 minutes and she will channel new ideas.

I hope so - I love her and miss her even to this day.

Skye Alexander said...

Thanks for writing, Neil. So sorry to hear about your sister. As I understand it, our loved ones often contact us through our dreams because it's too hard for them to get our attention during our busy, day-to-day existence. Good luck with your book. If you wish to share parts of your journey with us on this site, please let us know.

Anonymous said...

Last night I had a particularly vivid, terrifying nightmare. I awoke at exactly 3 AM in a panic. I grabbed my phone from my nightstand and sent a message to my brother, figuring he would see it in the morning. Not even a minute later, he replied, apparently having just woken up and s eeing my text. Incidently, I also noticed that the volume on my phone had been turned up when I texted him, but I had gone to bed with it on vibrate. J was very freaked out and couldn't go back to sleep. When I wasn't texting my brother, I would repeat the 23rd Psalms over and over. Thr night mare itself was strange but terrifying. I dreamt my brother and myself were locked in a room with skeletons in. My pastor was playing the piano from another room, a very haunting melody, but I could hear people screaming over the music. There was a shower in the room, and it was dripping something dark like blood, and I just somehow knew they (whoever they were) wanted my brother to take a shower so they could kill him. That's when I woke up, and it was exactly 3 AM when I woke up, so yeah.

Skye Alexander said...

Definitely a scary dream! Interesting that your brother awoke at the same time. Thanks for sharing your experience.

monyah moigboi said...

Hey Skye I used to wake up at 3 am exactly screaming out my little brothers name because I had this awful dream. I would wake up hearing him crying so I would run downstairs and try to open the door but could not. Then I could hear sinister laughing then I would be picked up and thrown down stairs

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. It actually helped alot. I have been struggling with my spirituality because I've made some bad decisions. But whenever I have experiances like this i say Jesus's name and pray. And feel more at peace so thank you. I will take your advice whenever I deal with rhis.

Andrew 3866276948 said...

Um so glad im not alone. Im 47 years old and i wake up at 3:15 am every night for all of my life. Id love to talk to someone about this. Not trying to be funny but i do see dead people. Can so,eobe PLEASE tell me whats going on ?

Andrew 3866276948 said...

Same happend to me, for all my life.

Tiffany Watts said...

I have beer had anything paranormal happen to be before but the other night I woke up at 3:15am from a bad dream abouth my sick grandmother who I take care of every night. In my dream she was screaming at me n different voices and different languages. An she talks crazy stuff all the time n says she's talking to her deceased sister and husband. She has been sick for 4 years with dementia. Can any one tell me why now Iam having a dream like this?

Skye Alexander said...

Thank you all for joining in the discussion. It's not unusual to see, hear, or otherwise communicate with people who are no longer physical. I talk all the time to my partner who left his body over a year ago, and have seen him on occasion.

Often our loved ones visit us in dreams because we're more receptive then. From what I understand, the "dead" want to stay in touch with us, to let us know they're okay, and to share their experiences with us. I've found Dr. Michael Newton's books and research in this area fascinating and maybe you would as well.

Matthew Zepernick said...

I woke up around 3:00 am and 4:30 am one time and saw a little girl like grudge thing crawling twards my bed at a 4-6 mph speed and i jumped out of bed and when i looked again it was gone and it freaked me the f*ck out, Now i can't sleep alone also i hear laughing, walking and feeling's of something watching me from my windows...

Skye Alexander said...

All sorts of beings exist all around us, all the time, we just don't usually see them. In the dark, quiet of deep night and when we've just awakened from sleep we're more receptive to seeing things we'd ordinarily block from our awareness. You could try talking to these entities when you see or hear them––ask who they are, where they come from, what they want, etc. You might find their answers interesting. Some of them are trickster types, some come to bring you insights. Thanks for writing!

Glendal Rager said...

At 3.15 am September 25 I woke up and went to the bathroom and then to get a drink of water. I always look out the window and just see if every looks normal. it did so I started back to bed and stopped in the hallway to check the thermostat and while I was looking at it got dark as if there had been a power failure.I went back to the window to look out and it was pitch black outside.outside 5 lights out no power clocks on microwave and stove operating normal Five security lights were out.In about two minutes they slowly started coming back on.My security light my neighbors security light The neighbor next to me her street light was out Two security lights at the rear of our property was out.There was no power failure.If there had been a power my clocks would have to been reset and they would have been flashing

Anonymous said...

Its nice to see others with incidents, I too wake up at 3:15 every night. So many things (too many) to explain happen at this time and its not the house I am in for it happened before this house. I know we have internal clocks and can subconsciously wake ourselves. I am of the Amityville Horror era and often wonder do I wake up during this time because of a movie or something I read? Waking up at the same time is interesting at first, then annoying and then when things happen a little bit concerning. One incident I remember being waken up by a black cat jumping over me, I look at the clock 3:15, I sigh and am about to go back to sleep and think wait a minute our cat is not black, scared I look over to my sleeping husband thinking a neighbor cat may have gotten in by mistake. I see a boy with a pale white face looking at me he then proceeds to put a white sheet into mouth...terrified I try to scream...husband wakes me...in tears I try to explain what must have been a dream...but I can't for all of my hair was balled up and in my mouth (I have long hair) so as he watched while I pulled my hair out of my mouth I look at the clock 3:15...something I could do in a dream to myself of course...but unnerving...when an incident happens it takes a while in between...I've been nudged, blankets pull tight, frozen with fear not able to move, a blue light by bathroom door (always bathroom) and the recent I get up to go to bathroom, sitting on toilet and the bathroom scale lights up on its own, I'm alone in house and just couldn't help but laugh because seriously I'm in mid stream and this happens...I call the dogs and they just sat at the doorway... would not come to me...3:15...I always watch the dogs now that they sleep in the room...I leave the light on...sleep with earplugs and always face the bathroom...I try to ignore it and for the most part that works but the times I forget my ritual of lights on etc is when something happens...I'm not religious and am skeptic...so I try to reason myself into calmness...as for my subconscious or other reason, who knows?

Skye Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing your experiences. Interesting stuff! I'm always intrigued by how many of us experience inexplicable things (at least according to rational thinking) in the dark of night. I dream about cats a lot too. I'd be interested to hear if other people do, and if so, what do cats represent to them?

jae nasjo said...

i been having nightmare every night for the past years in a half and waking up at 4:00am every night

Anonymous said...

Who are you supposed to be skye? Im just curious. A medium ?

Skye Alexander said...

Hello reader,

Thanks for reading my blog and leaving a comment.

I'm a metaphysician, which means I'm interested in and practice many things that lie outside the ordinary physical realm: astrology, tarot, feng shui, Reiki, and magick. I'm also a writer and have authored more than 30 fiction and nonfiction books, many on metaphysical topics and holistic healing.

Allen John said...

Dear Skye.

Hi. I wanted your opinion or advice regarding waking up at 3:30 AM with weird/dark dreams.

This is what I have noticed about myself whenever I got through these events. In my sleep, my lower back, the L4-L5 spinal segment, becomes really cold. This sensation is present every time when I wake up between 3 and 3:30 AM with bad/dark/weird dreams. It feels like some one with a frozen hand has touched my lower back skin.

I don't know why my body reacts so and I also don't know if my dreams causes this or vice versa or if I am gaining or losing some energy here.

Skye Alexander said...

Thanks for writing. As you can see from reading comments by others to this post, it's pretty common to wake up with weird dreams between 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning. Don't know what to say about the cold sensation in your lower back. That area is associated with the "root chakra," which is the energy center linked with security and survival instincts. You might want to contemplate your feelings and/or life situation regarding security to see if you come up with any insights. It is possible that you're losing energy there, and you might want to do some healing work on that chakra. You could also ask yourself for answers, either in meditation or before you go to sleep.