The Witching Hour
It's a brisk, fall night and all is quiet and peaceful. The only light that dimly lights up your bedroom is that of the moonlight which feels like it's a billion miles away. There's not a sound, there's no movement, its almost as if the entire world is asleep with you. And then it happens, just then, in the middle of the night: you suddenly awaken to an eerie feeling like you're not alone. The hair on the back of your neck stands straight up and goosebumps break out all down your arms. Before you know it, you begin to experience things nobody would believe if you told them. In the middle of your fear and panic, your eyes peer over to the clock on your night stand and you take note of the time: 3am. Brace yourself, the Witching Hour has just begun.
In Western culture, the Witching Hour is typically considered to be from 3am until 4am, although some will argue that they believe it actually starts at midnight. It is believed that during this one hour period, the veil between the realm of the living and the realm of the dead is thin, and the creatures believed to haunt - such as demons, ghosts, witches, and ghouls - are set to appear to in the world of the living. It is believed that this time period is when their energy is the strongest and therefore, they are most powerful. Some people also believe that the Witching Hour is the best time to perform black magic, and that if you are to perform any spells or hexes, this is the best time to do so. It is believed that the time of the witching hour was chosen because it is a mockery of the time of death of Christ, which occurred at 3PM, and that it is used to mock the Holy Trinity.
For ghosts and spirits, the Witching Hour is when the veil between both worlds is the thinnest, so it is the prime time for spirits to cross over to the realm of the living and do things such as haunt, possess, or make themselves known to people with a pulse. There are literally countless reports of people experiencing paranormal activity between 3am and 4am, and that is a big part of the reason so many people support the theory that the Witching Hour is a legitimate thing.
Is the Witching Hour an actual thing? No one seems to know for sure, as even the time its self has been disputed by people over the years - some believe the witching hour actually runs from midnight until 1am, some believe it is 3:33am, and there are even more assumptions than just these. But one thing is for certain, and that is that people all over do report strange and unusual or even just unfortunate events occurring during the 3am and 4am time period, and many people do consider the "witching hour" to be an actual time period.
If you have any personal experiences during 3am and 4am - "The Witching Hour" - that you think could be considered supernatural, please share your story with us, we'd love to share it on Soulless! The Witching Hour is an absolutely fascinating concept, and we'd love to hear any wild and crazy stuff that might have happened to you!