When Is The Witching Hour?

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When Is The Witching Hour?

The precise time of the witching hour has been long-debated. Although it's often associated with 3 a.m., its peak, the exact time is between 2 a.m. - 4 a.m.

When is the witching hour?

The witching hour is believed to be the veil between life and death when the night is at its thinnest.

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The time and what happens during the witching hour causes confusion.

Some see the witching hour as the time of night when spirits can interact with the earthly realm. Others say that the witching hour is when witches practice spells and magic.

There has been a long-standing debate about the specific time of the witching hour.

Some believe that the witching hour begins at the start of a new day (midnight), while others believe it starts at 3 a.m.

The significance of a 3 a.m. witching hour is deeply tied to the Catholic Church.

In 1535, the Church forbade activities from 3-4 a.m. witching hour, because of concerns about the practice of witchcraft throughout Europe.

Some confuse the witching hour with the devil’s hour or think that they overlap, but these particular time frames are not the same thing.

Many people took to blaming the effects of nightly witchcraft on the witching hour.

They believed that the witches had been performing their supernatural abilities late at night, while everyone was asleep, to avoid being caught.

Ultimately, this led to witch hunts that resulted in the arrest and persecution of anyone found to be out during the 3-4 a.m witching hour window.

Beliefs about witchcraft in the United States is part of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 history.

From there, the idea of the witching hour has stood the test of time.

The witching hour is referred to as the devil’s hour because of its association with the death of Christ.

Jesus was crucified at 3 p.m. so the reversal of his death's time would be 3 a.m., implying the devil’s presence in our world.

There’s also the belief that the devil’s hour begins at 3 a.m. as a mockery to the Holy Trinity.

Over the years, the witching hour and devil’s hour have become intertwined.

However, the witching hour and the devil's hour originally were two separate periods of time.

Why? Witches and the devil are not the same entity. While they both come from the spiritual realm, their purposes are very different.

As a matter of fact, Satan has nothing to do with witchcraft. That said, the witching hour was not believed to be the same as the devil’s hour.

Since there has been confusion over the specific time of these happenings, they have begun to overlap in likeness.

The witching hour allows powerful magic to be conducted.

Some say the witching hour permits spirits and ghosts to travel between two worlds.

It is also believed that this is the time of night when witches, psychics, and mediums are at their strongest.

Due to the thin veil, dead souls have an easier time appearing in the earthly world.

Since there is a high level of spiritual ability, witches are said to perform magic and spells during the witching hour.

Although these spells could be used for bad, they typically promote positive change.

Conversely, the devil’s hour involves a period of time in which the devil is at its strongest and able to possess innocent of men.

For example, Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his family at 3:15 a.m., inspiring the story of The Amityville Horror.

Despite no concrete evidence that the witching hour or devil’s hour actually exists, we’ve all been told that nothing good happens after 3 a.m.

Whichever time zone you're in, the time of night between 2-4 a.m. is considered to be the witching hour.

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There is also a specific witching hour that is believed to affect babies.

Different from the supernatural witching hour, the hour that impacts a baby's mood is anywhere from 5 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Many parents know the struggle of their 2-3 week old baby becoming extraordinarily fussy.

Generally speaking, it will only last until around the 3-month mark.

There are a few reasons behind this hour (or hours) of fussiness.

Healthline credits it to the possible hustle and bustle of this time period.

The witching hour is also the time where babies start to become more tired.

Another potential cause of this witching hour is that moms have lower milk supply at night.

Lastly, the growth spurts in babies will come at 2-3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months.

So while this might not have much to do with supernatural abilities, it speaks to the power of the time of day.

The witching hour is often put into question when discussing the existence of magic.

Depending on who you ask, you might be told that magic is real.

If that’s the case, this person probably believes in the witching hour.

Witches are said to have the most power during this time and can easily influence the world around you.

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Although witches can supposedly conduct magic and spell no matter the time of day, the surge of energy that is produced during the witching hour is unmatched.

So whether you believe in the power of a new day or relate witches to demonic entities, the witching hour is not without its strength.

Some prefer to be cautious in the event of waking up in the middle of the night, while others may not think twice about their unusual fear.

For people with psychic abilities, they might feel comforted by this time of night that enhances their energy.

Regardless of how you view the witching hour, it’s important to remember that any surprising behavior will not always affect you.

Just because the presence of strong power and magic is around you, doesn’t mean it will create any upsets within your life.

With the belief in a spiritual realm that interacts with the earthly realm, nothing seems too far out of reach.

Perhaps we should all use the witching hour as a way to find solace in the bigger purposes we can’t see face to face.

So, what does it mean when you wake up during the witching hour?

There’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle only to realizing you’re up during the witching hour.

You don’t want to make any sudden noises that would call attention to your being awake.

Maybe you even feel the sense of spirits around you, asking yourself if it’s real or if you’re imagining things.

The negative and potentially scary feelings you get during this time are not uncommon.

And while many believe it’s because of the existence of the witching hour, new research is showing that it has more to do with your sleep cycles.

Everyone has heard of the REM stage of sleep — when your body is in its deepest sleep possible.

During this stage, your heart rate is slowed, body temperature decreases, and other functions are generally dulled so you can get true rest.

As a result, waking up during this time will inevitably be disorienting.

So, it makes sense that the natural reaction to this disorientation is ultimately fear.

That said, you’re more likely to feel off-balance and confused by your REM cycle being disturbed as opposed to the witching hour.

Nonetheless, people still wonder why they’d be woken up from such deep sleep if it weren’t the doing of spirits around them.

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Isabella Pacinelli is a writer who covers relationship, self-love, spirituality, and entertainment topics.

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