Shadow People, Astral Spiders, & Hypnagogia


So what are Shadow People, Spiders and Beings?

We all know what spirits or ghosts are, so I suppose we can place them in that category except, there is no proof that these beings are dead, are repetitive echoes, a haunting or formless.

They appear void at times if not strangely solid. By solid, they are still dark as Shadow but an even blacker color outlines their features.

One of the most common sightings has been the figure of a man or someone in a cloak. Sometimes they are seen wearing a hat or hooded sweat shirt. Whatever they are wearing, they lack color.

Imagine– you are staring into an actual person who is nothing more than solid smoke or even slightly transparent at times. The strange thing is, you can catch detailed outlines concerning their face or clothes.

It’s hard to think that anything which appears to be solid or merely bleak can have any sort of outline about it. But people have reported that at times they can make out their features clearly as well as the smaller details of their clothes. Some reports claim they have glowing eyes, mostly red. Some reports claim that they act unaware (as if you are not there)– as if passing from one room, while others claim these beings have had their attention directly on them.

Many reports claim that the energy or feeling in the room changed to something fearsome. Other reports claim that the person witnessing this act was attacked, unable to scream, or paralyzed.

Now before we fix our minds on a notion of fear—let’s reserve that until later because I have some theories of my own.

When do these sightings happen?

I call it the Twilight (No, Stephanie Meyers has nothing to do with this) but a more technical word is Hypnagogia. Basically, it is known as a sleep paralysis which has the attention of many doctors and scientists who are studying it. The easiest way to describe it is–

You go to bed, close your eyes, go to sleep.  Only you do not sleep deeply nor are you fully awake. You are stuck somewhere in between.

Now do not confuse this with sleep walking. That is NOT what it is. People who experience this are completely aware of everything that is going on around them. They can sit up in bed, walk through their house, pet a dog or see their wife or husband sleeping beside them. They can talk and interact even though their minds are not fully awake.

So what is so different during this time that they seem to think they’re partly asleep? Good question.

Even though they can interact with their normal environments, not everything is the same. It is as though they are lingering between two worlds. Their subconscious mind is in equal balance with their conscious mind.

Meaning, they are open to whatever may come, eyes open beyond the veil but their conscious minds do not have the draw backs–jerking them out of this moment or to prevent them from seeing, experiencing, and interacting with whatever may be.

This is when some people experience the Shadow Beings, Spiders, or other types of Other Worldly phenomena. It is NOT the only time, but this is a common one, as well as wide spreading.

Now it should be known that Science and Doctors have their own explanations of this but NOTHING is for certain simply because they’re pretty much clueless as to what Hypnagogia is and what these people are really discovering during this phase. The experts are blaming it on sleeping positions, among other things, saying that if someone sleeps on their back– that this is what causes it.

Now it should be noted that I did say above that this phenomena is becoming widely spread. That doesn’t mean  it did not exist before. I think because of the internet and the loss of fear in speaking about these things has made it possible for others to realize that they are not alone.  It should also be mentioned that Shadow beings have been reported since Ancient times but we will get more into that later.

A direct quote from Wikipedia concerning Hypnagogia:

Early references to hypnagogia are to be found in the writings of Aristotle, Iamblichus, Cardano, Simon Forman and Swedenborg.[11] Romanticism brought a renewed interest in the subjective experience of the edges of sleep.[12] In more recent centuries, many authors have referred to the state; Edgar Allan Poe, for example, wrote of the ‘fancies’ he experienced “only when I am on the brink of sleep, with the consciousness that I am so.

So you see it is not new by any means, only our awareness of it since we still seem to be in the Dark Ages concerning anything other than what is socially accepted. Being taught not to believe in such things or that it is against some sort of religion– has really blind sided us I think. 

Let it be also known that during Hypnagogia or what I call ‘Twilight’, Shadow people or beings are not the only thing experienced.

Many people claim that they have got up from their beds, walked out the door to new or past worlds. Some have experienced or revisited past lives or countries.

One woman I read about, reported standing by her bedroom window, waving to people who were passing by outside her home. They stood there waving at her while she waved back at them. At some point she snapped out of it, finding herself standing there waving– only the people she remembered in every detail were no longer present.

Other people report having long conversations with deceased relatives who are possibly standing by their bed or sitting in the same room with them. Some people claim that they are visited by those who are not dead. They have absolutely no idea what they are, but they do know death did not bring them to their bedrooms.

Now even though Twilight is not the only time this happens, this is one of the biggest reports of the Shadow Beings that people claim to experience. Possibly because our minds are so open during this stage and we can see beyond the Veil—my theory.

Now the down side–some people say that they are attacked. That this black mass or presence paralyzes them so that they can not move or even scream.

Others claim that they are not attacked but wake up finding these beings standing over them, simply watching which may be how they came to be called, ‘The Watchers’.

One woman I know claims to have woken up, been fully awake, while a young man in a hooded sweat shirt swept through her room and went out the window. Now she did not think that he jumped, but simply  leaped through his doorway, to where ever he came from. This woman has had this happen quite a few times, same boy, same details (except the exit)– only she was not experiencing Twilight during any of those times. In fact, she told me she had never experienced Twilight. She sees them wide eyed and awake.

So you see Twilight is not the only time you can experience this.

Many reports say that they were standing in their kitchen (or somewhere), felt the energy or the room temperatures change, caught something in the corner of their eye, turned around quickly and the Shadow Being was standing there, watching them.

Shadow or Astral Spiders

People claim to be sleeping or rather Twilight, while watching these HUGE spiders of abnormal size crawl around their beds, glide down over their heads from webs and so on.  By big—sizes ranging from fat puppy size to smaller.

At times they see smaller ones but it is usually the bigger ones that cause them the greatest shock and fright. It is usually scary enough to snap them out of the Twilight completely, where the spiders are then gone.

There hasn’t been to many people offering them any enlightenment concerning this. In fact, I was shocked that on these forums that I researched, to find that quite a few people who rattled away concerning their belief in the Shadow People in other threads, literally make fun of the people who were seeking answers concerning the spiders.

Unfortunately I can not give anyone any hard crusted evidence here but I can explain some common points about them.

One, you do not have to be in twilight to see them. Some people will see them there, wake up completely to find them still in their reality—fading away.

Two, no reports of anyone being bitten.

Three, no reports of anyone being attacked.

Four, some believe they are other dimensional.

Five, others don’t have a clue as to what the hell they are, although freaky, they don’t seem to be harming anyone or anything.


Well I hope we have touched based on some of this as I will probably write more about it later.


However, let me leave you with this question…

Have YOU had an experience with any of these Paranormal beings that you’d care to share?

417 thoughts on “Shadow People, Astral Spiders, & Hypnagogia”

  1. First off, I’d like to begin that I am very well educated, have a professional career, & no psychiatric history. If I told anyone I know what has been happening, I would loss all credibility. I am plagued with nightmares every single night. So much so I no longer sleep in my own bed. I have slept on my couch for the last 2 months since the dreams don’t seem to be as bad when I sleep there. Generally, they are dreams of being stuck in another reality where I’m physically dying. Tonight it was a rocket launch going 60,000 miles an hour & feeling my body being torn apart. Whenever I awaken, I see a large black shadow spider crawling across my ceiling. At first I thought it was my imagination & I’d blink, it would still be there. If I looked at another spot on the ceiling across the room it’s not there but when I glance back at the spot I last saw it, it’s there. I command it to leave in the name of Jesus Christ & it skitters away usually into a corner or under a light fixture & it disappears. When I go back to sleep & have another nightmare, I wake up, & it’s back watching me. I truly believe that the spider is what’s causing the horrible nightmares. I’ve seen it for minutes at a time & even my dog seems to notice it. It’s large, I’d say the size of a small melon. I can very distinctly make out 8 legs it’s body, it crawls just like a normal spider but it’s form is a shadow that you cannot see through. A few times the spiders have even had a red glow around them, but this is if I see them in the daytime after a nap. I’m relieved to know that I’m not the only one experiencing them. I’ve been seeing the spiders after my nightmares for at least a year & ONLY see them after bad dreams.

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    1. I can only remember seeing them once in my life. I was six years old. I woke up early to find my mother having just awakened about to change. She told me to go back to sleep, but I refused. I remember that this annoyed her. What happened next was confusing . It seemed she had morphed into a giant black shadow spider about the length of three people. It pinned me to the bed; I couldn’t move , and I never even thought of calling for help. I now believe I experienced a loss in time; my mom didn’t morph into that thing. It just seemed to probe me. I highly recommend, because it works for me, the moment you feel it coming, claim in the name of Jesus authority over it, ask Jesus to bless your home, let it know it is not welcome in your home or life. With righteous anger, banish it. I use a Benedictine medal or rosary where I think it may approach. I’ll keep you in my prayers.


    2. Hi!
      I am so intrigued by your comment (see my own below). This is not something to be afraid of. I think that you have a gift. I know it is scary but I have had dreams where I also see through the eyes of others. The spiders I have seen do not seem harmful. I don’t know what they are but I also see a spider shadow crawling on my walls. This is amazing isn’t it?
      Dream Prophecies


  2. I just had annoying nightmare, I died there in my dream, I suffocated cause somebody took off life saving tube out of my lungs, whatever. When I opened my eyes I saw a huge spider crawling out of my feet, it was running away from me, like it was scared – a typical behaviour of a spider you want to kill. It walked on the wall and started to quickly go up and up until it disappeared in the roof. It was odd, not only because it was big like a chihuahua dog but it was half see through, like made of a shadow. A shadow spider. But I saw it very well since I left the light on. And I was fully awake after waking up and I still saw it walking on the wall even after 5 seconds, I had enough time to think if I should chase it and try to kill it. But it’s hard to kill a shadow, right? so I gave up on that idea. Now I regret not chasing it. But again I’ve never seen anything like that before and when I saw it, I was busy thinking if it’s real. I don’t like it, I mean it was running away from me like a culprit who caused that nightmare. I hate paranormal shit. If this happens again I’ll go to the priest. Just wanna let others know, share my story.


  3. This goes out to Tracy723. You are not alone. I have never experienced anything like this in my life until I hit my 30’s. The way you describe them are similar to mine as well. I’ve been awaken by a cough and it will be free floating on my ceiling. Except it has a movement as it was floating in water with several floating looking like legs and it seems to move in one direction. Almost like an octupus under water. It’s solid but I see it with trends and strands of black that make it look like a mass. It will stay there for a bit, then it becomes smaller and smaller until it disappears into a corner of the room. I’m not afraid of it but it’s strange that both times a cough awoke me to see it. The first time, it was a string floating from my curtain and flew off towards the corner of my room and thought nothing of it as my curtains were black and my window was open thinking my curtains were falling apart. I’ve been told they may be lucid dreaming but now I think it might be something more. Best of luck to you!

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  4. I was having a dream about falling down in a cave and feeling something bite my lower back. I wasn’t sure if it was a spider, scorpion or snake. I felt the actual bite and it woke me up. When I opened my eyes I looked straight up to the bedroom ceiling and saw this huge black shadowy spider, about the size of a football, walk across the ceiling down the wall and out the window which was through the blinds. The shadow stayed on the outside of the window for several seconds. At the same time as the spider was moving I also saw all these falling bubble-like shadows on all the walls of my bedroom. With in three minutes everything was back to normal, however, I was fearfully wide awake.

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  5. Hi,

    I really enjoyed this article. I love your style and think you’d probably like my page too. I have often woken up to find a shadow of a spider moving along my wall. It is always very slow moving, but it has been in my vision several times, more regularly recently. It just slowly moves along and then slowly fades as you described. It has happened in multiple addresses. I have lay in bed and watched in amazement at this creature(s). They seem to be tarantulas, and are definitely the same size and shape. I’ve never seen larger or smaller than that. They are shadows and do not appear 3D in any way.

    I also had an experience with a shadow person lacking colour. The great thing about the experience is that my ex housemate also felt they were being watched from the chair where I saw the man, but they never saw him. He was gray and of Arab appearance. The man wore a tracksuit or hoody. He sat there by the side of my bed and looked at me with no emotion. I’ll have to write about the experience as it’s quite a long story.

    Thanks for your article. I’ll be following your stuff more now. Thanks a lot for your open and honest approach which shines through in your work.

    Dream Prophecies


    1. I just want to add that I have dreams where I have seen others die through their own eyes. It seems that others in these comments also mention seeing through someone’s eyes. I think the spider is linked to this somehow. I write about psychic visions at dreamprophecies dot com. Let’s all share more!


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