Nicola Kirk: Author and Collector of Paranormal Stories and Other Strange Encounters

Posts tagged ‘3am’

Sun, Sea and Sacrifice

Penelope Hopwood currently lives in Putney, London, but spent most of her life living in East Africa (Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia).  She has also investigated life in New York and Baltimore over in the United States.  Penny has experience in many things, including selling real estate, running a gay club (although not gay herself, she worked as the token female necessary to front the night club) and has also run a successful catering business.  Her extensive travels have also taken her to the sunny island of Cyprus which is where her following experience took place:

“This is what happened to me whilst living in Limassol some 15 years ago now.

I woke up at exactly ten minutes to four one June morning – I know that was the time because I switched on the light to take a look at my clock before turning out the light and lying back down.  All the while, I was very aware of some other presence in the room and soon I became absolutely terrified.  A noise rather like the beating of a tom-tom drum started and it became louder and louder.  Although the room was dark, I could actually make out something (or someone) at the bottom of my bed, but I was completely paralysed.  I was unable to even utter a word, although in my head I was screaming ‘Go away, go away!‘ at the top of my voice.  This carried on for what felt like a lifetime and then suddenly it stopped. Eventually, I managed to turn on the light again and the time was now dead on four o’clock.  Needless to say, I was unable to go back to sleep.

At around 9am that morning, I phoned a friend to tell her of my experience.  I got through without a problem, but the moment I began my story the line went dead.  This happened three times.  Later on in the day, the same friend called round to see me.  She was convinced the presence was that of a Red Indian, but was puzzled because such ‘spirits’ are generally considered to be good, but my encounter was definitely very evil.  In retrospect, I remember when I first awoke that I was lying on my back in a sacrificial position, with arms and legs stretched out to the side. If indeed the ‘presence’ was evil, then somehow I had managed to ward it off and it never returned.

A few years ago, I attended a seminar about spirits, out-of-body experiences and such like.  I was asked if I had ever encountered anything of this nature…so, I told my story.  I shall never forget the look on the face of a young man who was also attending the seminar.

“Where did you say this happened?” he asked.

“Limassol,” I told him.  His face turned ashen.  He told me that he was from Limassol and that the year before he had had an almost identical experience.”


©Nicola Kirk and 2010

The Legend of 3:33am…

In my earlier article, The Gate House, Kieron Savill of Paranormal Knights mentioned that there were some interesting theories flying around on the internet as to why some people frequently find themselves waking up at 3.33am.    What is so special about 3:33am?

One forum user made an interesting comment: “333 is only half the message, that’s why it is being repeated. The whole message is 666. Sleep tight.”

It may be meant as a jokey comment, but is there more to it?  It is generally accepted that the ‘witching hour’ is 1am and it is considered a time when the veil between this world and the next is thin enough to allow things of a supernatural persuasion to take a peek into our world.  But some say the ‘witching hour’ can also be any time between 12am and 3am, with 3am being sometimes referred to as the ‘Devil’s Hour’. Perhaps waking up at 3:33am is the Devil’s rather persistent way of getting your attention…

Being the ‘Devil’s Hour’, 3am is also apparently a prime time to whip out your grimoire for Black Mass. I wonder if Satanists restrained themselves until 3:33am if they would have more luck.

Rather worryingly for those who find themselves waking up at 3am or 3:33am, Kenneth Deel’s website reports: “In short if you often wake up to see the clock is exactly 3:AM, you might being seeing this as a warning. The number 3 turning up is a Demonic symbol, so we take note on a short list when it occurs. As it can often defiantly (sic) be an indication something is manifesting or already has…”

In Will Storr’s book, Will Storr Vs the Supernatural (which is a book I would highly recommend – very entertaining and well written), he has included a section about strange occurrences between the hours of 3am and 4am (although from what I’ve seen so far it’s beginning to look like any time after the sun goes down is a good time to break out the EMF meter).

Another forum user suggested that if you sleep between two doors, you may be getting hit by the ‘spiritual traffic’ that moves around between the hours of 2am and 4am.  Perhaps 3:33am is rush hour on the spiritual plane.

Another interesting theory is that Christ was allegedly killed at 3pm, so what with 3am being the inversion of this time, it is the chosen hour for all things of an antichristian bent to come out and party.

On yet another forum (got to love forums, haven’t you?), this one being the GHE Paranormal forum that Dave Hobbs runs with general abandon, it is suggested that maybe people wake up once at 3:33am, think ‘what a coincidence, all the threes!’ and then manage to subconsciously programme themselves to wake up at the same time on subsequent nights.

On the other hand, perhaps the phenomenon can be explained in a rather more mundane fashion.  If anyone else out there is like me and wakes up bleary eyed in the night and looks at the clock, every time could read 3:33am.  Some digital clock displays fade over time until it can be a struggle to read the numbers, especially if you’re half asleep.  And can’t be bothered to put your glasses on.


©Nicola Kirk and 2010

Tag Cloud

%d bloggers like this: