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Ghost Hunting and the 'Witching Hour'

Ghost Hunting and the 'Witching Hour'
©2006 by Fiona Broome and the Hollow Hill Staff
Do ghosts appear more often at the 'witching hour'? This question
was raised during a recent ghost investigation at The Myrtles
Plantation in Louisiana.

Researchers offer a wide variety of opinions about the best time for
successful ghost hunting. Some say dusk, others say after 9 p.m.,
some insist on midnight, and a few favor dawn.

At Hollow Hill, we believe that--just as some radio stations are
clearer at night--ghosts can manifest more clearly after dark. (See
our article, When to Go Ghost Hunting.)

Other than that, ghosts are just people in another plane or
dimension, and tend to keep their own schedules.

But, what about the 'witching hour' and its legendary power?

The Witching Hour
If you aren't familiar with real witchcraft, you might assume that
the 'witching hour' is midnight, or the hour immediately before or
after midnight.
In fact, the night is divided into twelve equal "planetary hours,"
but they're rarely sixty minutes long.

To determine the actual hours of the night, start with the times of
sunset and sunrise. You can find this information in any farmers'
almanac, or online.

Count the minutes between dusk and dawn, and divide that by 12. In
the Craft, this is one hour, and each hour has a specific purpose,
ruled by a particular planet. Some planets repeat twice in one

(A free program can calculate this for you: ChronosXP.)

There are at least two planetary hours each night that correspond
favorably to ghost hunting: The hour ruled by Saturn (good for
spirituality of all kinds) and the hour ruled by Mercury
(communications, including divination). Some ghost hunters favor
other planets, and many add the Moon to the hours, since it relates
to psychic gifts.

Since the Mercury, Moon, and Saturn hours are generally consecutive
and give you three hours for optimum research, we're listed all
three below.

Think of these corresponding hours like the tides; smart ship
captains make use of the tides to set sail. Ghost hunters can at
least try these corresponding planetary hours, to see if this
enhances their results.

Here are the planetary hours for ghost hunting, day by day. (If
sunset is at 7:12 p.m. and that hour ends at 8:15 p.m., the
notation "Sunset + 1" means the planetary hour starting at 8:15
p.m. "Sunset + 2" means the hour after that, and so on.)

Sunday Sunset + 4
Sunset + 11 Sunset + 5 Sunset + 6
Sunset + 1
Sunset + 8 Sunset + 2
Sunset + 9 Sunset + 3
Sunset + 10
Sunset + 5
Sunset + 6 Sunset
Sunset + 7
Wednesday Sunset + 2
Sunset + 9 Sunset + 3
Sunset + 10 Sunset + 4
Sunset + 11
Sunset + 6 Sunset
Sunset + 7 Sunset + 1
Sunset + 8
Friday Sunset + 3
Sunset + 10 Sunset + 4
Sunset + 11 Sunset + 5
Saturday Sunset
Sunset + 7 Sunset + 1
Sunset + 8 Sunset + 2
Sunset + 9

At Hollow Hill, we haven't completed a comparative study to see if
it helps to use planetary hours. However, we often have the best
results on Saturday evenings, starting around dusk.

If planetary hours work for you, try adding the extra energy of the
days: Monday is ruled by the Moon, Wednesday is ruled by Mercury,
and Saturday is ruled by Saturn. So, Saturday is an ideal evening to
go ghost hunting, starting at sunset. That is something that we can
agree with.