Oct 28, 2009

"What Is...?" Wednesday

The Witching Hour  
Mwah, ha, ha, ha...!*
( *spooky laugh attempt in honor of Halloween)

The "Witching Hour" is  said to be the  time of night when supernatural creatures are believed to be particularly active.. therefore making it a prime time of night for witchcraft. Many people think of midnight specifically as the witching hour while others more generally associate it with the dead of night or dark hours when few people are awake and about. (The term "witching hour" can also refer to the period from midnight to 3am, while "devils hour" refers to the time around 3am.)

The association of darkness and supernatural activity is quite ancient but the term “the witching hour” itself only dates back to around the early 1800s... terms like “the witching time of night” were used prior to this era. Historically, many truly believed  that the witching hour and it's supposed period of greater activity by witches, demons, ghouls and other creatures were very real and to this day in some regions of the world, people still try to avoid going out at night during the witching hour.

Some  folks have been known to comment that the depths of the night do sometimes feel a bit eerie and mysterious, especially during a New Moon (or Dark Moon as I call it).. and even Shakespeare refers to it in his famous work "Hamlet."

"Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world: now could I drink hot blood,
And do such bitter business as the day
Would quake to look on."
[Act III, sc. ii]


Sloan said...

I like these posts on wednesdays! They are really fun. :)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Hamlet! Nice touch!

Anonymous said...

Great post. I work 2nd shift so I am always up during the witching hour and I can tell you that hmmm on some nights yes you can feel the magic more than on others. Some nights are just perfect for the witch (cackle)

Anonymous said...

I never knew that about the witching hour - thank you for the education! =)

Rue said...

I do enjoy the witching hour, although I'm usually asleep! But when I'm up, there is a little something different about the energy in the darkest part of night! Great post!