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?

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

  1. I was on holiday in a caravan, I remember looking up and seeing a huge spider, about 2inch or bit bigger, but it was a dark shape like a shadow, walk from one end of the ceiling to the other, I felt I was awake, but if I had been I’d of been up like a shot with the light on.. I’m not a believer in things, but can’t explain this


  2. I Googled ‘apparitions of spiders’ (although I have never heard of astral spiders or shadow creatures before) because over the last couple of years I’ve had about a dozen experiences of waking at first light, opening my eyes and seeing a huge spider- like creature (about the size of a small saucer) on the edge of my bedroom ceiling. On each occasion it has scurried to a corner or darker shadowy area and simply vanished. On the first occasion I was alone as my husband was sleeping downstairs due to a ruptured knee tendon. I was terrified (though don’t particularly mind ‘normal’ spiders) and ransacked the room on search of it as I was afraid to go back to sleep with this creature at large (no pun intended). Of course there was no sign of if so I assumed it was my imagination playing tricks on me. This has happened at various times since, but I’ve never been too bothered though definitely very puzzled. I’ve not mentioned it to my husband as he has a morbid fear of spiders. However, this morning, instead of a spider I saw an alien- looking creature of about the same size – really quite scary. I couldn’t describe it in detail as it was a fleeting ‘sighting’. It just looked like something from a sci-go movie (not that I’ve watched any) . Again, it scurried to a shadow and simply dematerialised. This is what prompted me to look online for other ‘encounters’. I wonder if anyone else has had the same experience?


    1. I’ve seen the spiders a couple of times, although they seem robotic to me. One night I woke up to my 1 year old screaming. Her crib is in my bedroom, and I looked over and saw a huge metal ( looking) spider hovering over her. I jumped out of bed to get my daughter, and as I walked towards her, it just slowly faded.
      The scariest part about it was that she definitely saw it, she was pointing at it and screaming.
      The second time was about a week ago. Again I woke up suddenly, only this time there were several, much smaller ones. They just seemed to be floating around the room. Once I was fully awake, they disappeared.
      I do practice magic, and I’m positive it has something to do with that. I’m not sure if they’re bad, or some sort of negative energy. But, in my case their appearance didn’t precede any bad experience in my life.


    2. Yes same spider just its shadow on the ceiling under it, twice. As soon as I moved it ran and I watched it go off into the bigger shadows. Shouted my husband but it had gone right up the wall and I think it might have done a small jump into shadow. Opposite to you though I am less scared of the see through spiders! I still cleaned the room though to get rid. I’m in north west England. The alien thing I havnt seen yet. So glad to see your post.


  3. I’ve had visits from the spiders have never really felt threatened just took me by surprise.. As would a natural spider.. The experience was strange but I took at as a warning .. After a couple of times beacuse days later something changed or happened in my life.


  4. I was walking home from work at about 9 pm. I lived in a small apartment and had been dabbling in the darker side of things.As I turn the corner to my front door something stood in my path. It was opaque about 4 feet tall and the shape was as if someone had put a sheet over them. I instantly had a shot of adrenaline an ran. I stoped to think and went back about a minute later and it was gone. My dog was with me and also freaked out,barking and hair standing up. So scary all in all!


  5. I know this is going to sound crazy but I just need to let it be known since it just happened and I’m quite shaken and Iv been doing nothing but trying to look up info to see if anyone else has seen this. It’s never happened before so I’m trying to process. I finally fell asleep which is hard for me to do and I slept on my side turned a little downward to look at my dog at the end of the bed. I wake up constantly every night but just as I was opening my eyes I saw a figure next to me. I couldn’t tell male or female but it was almost like a holographic image. Like the shimmering but it was dark (seeing as the lights were off except for a scented night light thing) I was so started i gaspsed so loud and I honestly this is where it gets weirder. I don’t remember either waking up or blinking or anything. Next thing I know I rolled over trying to catch my breath and slow my racing heart. WEIRDEST PART OF IT ALL IS…. by the time I fell asleep, saw this, and actually woke up, it was all in a span on about an hour maybe 75 mins at most! 😖 I’m so tired but I’m honestly nervous to go back to sleep.


    1. Hi, have you looked up Astral Traveling? I read somewhere that when you wake up to see the shadow next to your bed it can actually be your shadow self that hasn’t completely gotten back in your body yet. I think thats how it was explained?? Usually if its an entity or something theres a smell present that disappears when it does. Hope this helps you


  6. I’ve had the spiders thing twice recently. The last time (a few days ago) and I was prepared and thinking straight, so I turned on the bed side lamp and grabbed my glasses. I had this asurety that it was in the room, but also this suspition that it was a trick of my eyes or something. But when I put on the glasses and turned on the light this time I could see it even more clearly, yet it wasn’t quite there – a shadow or a patch of haze over a shadow. A sizable shape that I thought looked a bit like a spider (legs and stuff) and also I thought moved like a spider. It had been coming towards my bed, across the ceiling, but once I fixed my gaze on it it halted and then retreated to a shadowy corner of the ceiling and vanished. The whole thing must have lasted at least a minute or two, during which I was aware of a sort of heat-haze distortion around the entire ceiling. I found myself left stunned by the realisation that I HAD indeed seen that, but that it was NOT a spider nor any normal material creature, and that it’s disappearance could not be explained. I’m trying to find more information now but there isn’t much and that annoys me.


  7. Recently I was looking for a screw I’d dropped, and under my door I saw a small bug that was pacing back and forth about two inches. Like a sentry, or maybe a really anxious person. Back and forth, back and forth. A couple hours later I had an extremely vivid lucid dream, or hallucination, or something of the sort. I won’t go into great detail, but I honestly still don’t know what happened, what didn’t, or what was real and what wasn’t. The bug wasn’t there anymore after that, and I started looking around online for a purely scientific answer concerning the bug, and never made a connection between that and the experience that followed. Yet I’ve found nothing except what’s led me here. So any possible explanations or theories would be welcome at this point.


  8. My first experience with a large black spider back in 1996. I had some other smaller things prior but blew them off as me dreaming. My wife and I were asleep in the “spare” room because our waterbed had a leak. (yes that dates this) The porch light was on and there was plenty of light coming in through the window. I was sound asleep and woke up to a large black shadow spider about 2′ diameter with the legs. I was frozen but watched it climb up the window, into the valence and was gone. I sprung out of bed and turned on the light. My wife woke up and asked what I was doing. I looked at the window and told her I thought I saw something but it must have been a dream. That was the last time I saw that spider. Fast forward about 3 years later and my son who was now 2 years old was taking a nap in his room that used to be the “spare” room. This was during the day and it was very bright outside. He woke up and we heard a blood curdling scream out of him and ran into his room. He was very shaken up and explained that he saw a huge black spider that went up the window and disappeared. It was at that point that I knew I wasn’t just seeing things and I told my wife. To my knowledge those are the only two times anyone saw a “shadow spider” in the house. However, not by any means the last thing we saw. For a while I was waking up at almost exactly 11:02 every night and as soon as I awoke I was staring at a very dark shadowy figure that usually always moved toward the window and was gone. It got so bad I set our camcorder up in my room to video tape it. Sure enough I woke up at 11:02pm but what I was staring at was in the upper corner of the room and could not be seen on the camera. After about 2 seconds of not really being able to move or think, I grabbed my 35mm camera I had on my nightstand and took a picture. Another time during the day and I was wide awake our halogen light in the corner of our family room (which was off) turned on, then off, then on and so on. It didn’t flicker, it was on for about a second, then off for a second and so on. The timing was very steady and it turned on and off 14 times. I ran and grabbed the same 35mm camera and took a picture. After developing the film, all pictures were perfect, but those two I took of the shadow object and light both had a defect in it. Things only got weirder from there. One night my wife was working swing shift and I fell asleep with the door half way open and the hall light on. I woke up to see what I thought was my wife at first walking from the door then along her side of the bed but kept going until she disappeared into the wall going outside. She was about 5’5″ tall like my wife, longer brunette hair and was wearing a burgandy or darker red cardigan sweater. I could see her very well because of the hall light on, but the front side of her was kind of shadowed so I couldn’t really see her face. Things progressed even worse to the point my wife was seeing stuff and not even just when she was asleep. One night she was watching TV while sitting on the couch and heard a clicking noise. She looked over toward the noise and saw the tablecloth (that was on the small round table that held out bird cage) moving up like someone was pulling the bottom out and up. Every time it moved she would hear the clicking also. She looked over at our cat and the cat was staring at it also so she knew it was not just her. By far the scariest shadow object (demon!) was when my wife and I were asleep together. It was about 9pm but in the summer so it was still very light out and our room was pretty bright inside. We were both sound asleep and woke up at the same exact time staring at a black ball (orb) that was about 7″ diameter or so hovering over her feet about 2 feet, but it was moving up her body and elevating at the same time, then slowly moved to the left over me and went up into the window valence and disappeared. What made that one the worst is that we were both fully aware of what was going on, but were both like paralyzed and could not do anything but watch it. Once it was gone we looked at each other in horror and described the same exact feeling we had. It was a feeling that I could never begin to describe to anyone but her because she felt it also. A feeling of such horror, depression, sadness, fear and emptiness but 1000 times worse than you could imagine. She also said she was having a dream that something was trying to grab her feet, then we both woke up at the same exact time. Bare in mind, this is just the tip of the iceberg of what we saw at that house, but wanted to touch on the bigger ones. Both of my kids said they have seen more also and my son swears he also saw the shape of a demon. The last one I’ll share now only happened to my wife and it scared the crap out of her as it would me. Like usual, she was sound asleep and woke up looking at a glass pane hovering over our bed with yellow squiggly writing like in Hebrew or Arabic. Of course she couldn’t read it, but once she was able she closed her eyes. It took her a while to get back to sleep, but once she did, she was awakened again only this time the glass pane was gone and the writing was all over the walls and the ceiling.

    Now my question is, was this all hypnagogia or was our house haunted? I have seen things since I was a child in a few places I have lived and even in my new house, but it was only for a short period after we moved in and they were all few and far between. It was just that one house that was horrible! Now to answer the questions in your head right now, it was a brand new mobile home that we had moved onto a lot where there was no house previous to us. What are your thoughts?


  9. I have seen multiple spiders at the same time on the ceiling at night which then come down on their silk and land near and on my pillow, At the time I believe I am awake as I’m sat up in bed, I even turn to brush them off and they fade away slowly. I haven’t seen the spiders since I moved house, but more recently the last 3 nights at least I am being woken by something near my face, not touching it but I sense it near like something passes in front of my eyelids and I see what looks like a moth made of shadows, not a big one, just a medium sized one. It flits around about 3 feet from me and then as it gets closer it stays the same shape and size but seems to be made of light, it’s almost glowing. The moth will stay for a long time, I seem fully awake, I can pet my dog and the moth still stays, it makes me smile it’s so pretty I enjoy watching it but when I try and sleep it will wake me again soon after. It would be nice to know what causes it as I’m often tired in the mornings through lack of sleep.


  10. I have found something very interesting regarding the way to look at a spider’s web. How many eye’s does the spider have I thought? Surely they must see things differently to my vision. Having read many stories, tales, ancient and old What I discovered in one photo was almost akin to communicating with a spider. Taking one photo of a beautiful web sitting atop a pine tree I took the image and using the old Musketeers motto, all four one, one for all. Took the same image X4, placed it together, using mirroring and within the new Image sprung forth an array, totem like of faces, cats and even a goblet. – Admittedly I had to take a moment. See for yourself, I kept the photo and made a website, pardon the pun, to show this amazing symmetry.


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