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?

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

  1. RIGHT I Have very intence visions and feelings of white/showdowey spides , feel them around my anus hole theis has been on going 3 years ,n


  2. I looked this up to see if anyone else sees these, they can be scarey as hell, because these shadow spiders seem real as hell, until they freaking disappear into thin air! Multi dimensional spiders! Wow who truly knows what exist. Maybe they appear to humans who are caught in some type of web per say. I find it amazing this is widespread, we can not all
    Be imagining this stuff. Something more is going on that our eyes do not see, except sometimes


    1. For the last few months I have been waking in the night to see three or four huge light coloured spiders just hovering above my bed. Their legs are moving and they move up and down. I am wide awake and shake my partner and although he cannot see or feel them when he tries to catch them they wiggle out of his hands. He then turns the light on and I watch until they fade away. I do not feel scared by this but want to know what it is. This is happening around 2-3 times a week. I am a middle aged female and have always been a spiritual person


    2. I wish I could show you the picture my son said they looked like. I don’t think they were harming him but he is now deathly afraid of spiders. They were colorful spindly things.


    3. The ones I see are pale coloured almost like an octopus. Once they see u watching them they rise up towards the ceiling or if I shoo them away. I can see them but when I touch them they move and I can’t feel them. My partner cannot see or feel them. I just wish they would go away so I could get a good nights sleep.


  3. I have had my second astral spider episode in as many months. The first I wass fully conscious for. Massive spider on the ceiling, terrified! 2nd, last night. I was in a lucid dream and flying through portals. I suddenly stopped in complete darkness and one was directly in front of me. The terror was so strong I immediately woke up. It came through with me and was there, in this world, fully conscious mind for about 1 minute


  4. For a few months now, my 3 year old son has been waking up in the middle of the night screaming complaining that there are spiders in his bed and room. They travel to my room when he’s in my bed as well. When it started, he made me tear apart his entire bed and room clearing it of everything making sure there weren’t any spiders. Took me a week to get him back in his bed. Then his fairy showed up. The spiders got a little less. Then the last week has been intense to the point I felt like they were paranormal beings. So I’m researching. This all makes sense from what you wrote in the article to what everyone has been commenting. Although my son has said that they were in his mouth and chasing him down the stairs. Two nights ago it was the worst case ever. They were laying on top of him. Then followed him to my room and they were sleeping on my bed under the covers. He refused to sleep under the covers and on the bed. He had to sleep on top of me. If you have any info on how I can help him with this, I would truly appreciate it. We aren’t sleeping well and it breaks my heart he gets so scared..

    Thank you so much and Blessed Be 💚💫🔮✌🏻


    1. Bless his little heart i have been staring at your post for a while as i really wish i could help. Hopefully someone will have the answers, i can only say what helped me and that was buying some palo santo and my boyfriend would light it and twirl the smoke in circles in each corner of the room. I would ho a bit crazier with it and twirl the smoke in the places where the spiders had entered too as they come through walls/sofas pretty much anything. I noticed that it only happens when i am a little overtired and it occured to me that if they are trying to get to my spine to take my energy then why do it when im over tired?so i thought that it is only happening when i have a type of energy (possibly nervouse energy) which must leave me open and vulnerable somehow. I would try to get him as relaxed as possible in the day make his bedroom as relaxed as possible (maybe a dash of lavender on his pillow) warm milk before bed, warm lighting etc and try to reassure him that the palo santo keeps them away and maybe let him do it with you. It helped me and i hope it helps you too. I dont think the spiders want to harm him they just want some type of energy that he is creating so maybe you can try to relax too. Maybe find ways to create a relaxing atmosphere in the house and hopefully they will go away. This is my personal conclusion and im not sure if i am correct so please welcome other suggestions too as i am open and would love to understand more. Much love to you both and good luck xx

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    2. When I was a little girl I used to see spiders, so many of them crawling, they covered the sheets. I was 2-3 years old. My bed was pushed up against my parents bed and the spiders sent down the crack between the two beds and up the other side from my bed to theirs and theirs to mine. I was not scared though, I think I was too young, I dont know, I just used to lay and watch them for a LONG time.

      When I was much older, about 28 or 29, I am 36 now I lived in a house I used to see big black spiders running across floor and dissapear and crawling on my bed too.

      No idea what this means. I came here randomly after searching on google because a few weeks ago I went into my bedroom and saw a cat (I dont have any pets) sat on end of my bed, it jump in air, kept and vanished. It happen so quickly and I was so surprised I dont know what colour it was.

      I clicked to read this post and thread as I was interested in ‘shadow men’ when it came up on my google search because I saw a shadow man. About two years ago. It was about 6pm. Winter. In england. Dark. I was going to collect my daughter from childminders. As I walk down her short road that is also a cul-de-sac (dead end) I saw on opposite side of road almost parallel to me a man shaped and sized silhouette black like a shadow. It saw me and crouched down as if to hide behind a car! I was scared but pretended nothing unusual occurred.

      I do have other strange things happen during my life but those are most relevant.


  5. It is not true that it happens when you lay on your back. I believe the spiders (which are big, glowing and look slightly mechanical) try to get to my spine as i have been laying on my sides before but can still see them (somehow) before i actually move to look with my eyes


  6. Ive seen a Shadow person when i was ten, i was at my Cousin Alan’s house and on the commode. When i looked out the window to see a blob of darkness staring at me, i say staring but there were no eyes only a feeling. As I grew up I had dreams that would come true in the future, extremely vivid dreams. Ive learned that it is called second sight, but I seem to have lost the ability after I became an adult. Although i sometimes experience what i saw in my dreams. When I was ten me and my two younger brothers and elder sister saw a Triangular UFO with three large shining lights on its belly. It just hovered over us then sped off quickly and without a sound. When I was seventeen I was asleep when I heard banging, thinking it was my Grandmother I asked her to shut up. The banging continued so I charged out of my room to see what she was doing. No one was there but the basement door was open, very strange considering i had locked it when I was doing my house check for Psychos. Thinking it was somehow my Grandmother that did it I opened her door and questioned her about it, but she said it wasnt her. I locked the door with a chain lock and went back to sleep, only to hear louder banging and the sound of the door opening. I rushed out of my room again to see the basement door wide open once again. I was so tired that I just got a latch and mounted it to the door to make sure it couldnt open. Finally on these Astral spiders, a name which is so very fitting. I got home from work one friday, got undressed as usual and lied down to bed. As soon as I did i saw three spiders Materialize out of thin air near my rooms doorway. I would like to reiterate that I was fully awake, but I jumped out of bed and grabbed my machete. As soon as I did they sunk back into my ceiling, scared as I was i managed to run from my room in haste. I ended up sleeping in my briefs outside on my front porch to frightened to try and sleep in my room. Now im starting to hear whispering just out of earshot, I cant make out whats being said. But it is occuring more and more, obviously I’m here because I dont believe im going crazy. No one in my family has mental health issues and i was never systematically abused. If anyone wants to talk that would be great.

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    1. DustyRuss Fitting name for my pops, Im with you on the second sight dreams bro its becoming a bit annoying to be fair takes the excitement outta life a bit, or if its a negative situation tends to provoke the negativity it was warning you of, sort of what comes 1st chicken or the egg, cant figure out if these things are feeding off us, toying with us, or simply trying to help! All ive managed to decipher is their attracted to sincerity – All in all a good old bit of intrigue never hurt anyone I just hope one day I get enough energy back to start enjoying peoples company once again not for the sake of it but to truly enjoy it as I did when I was a kid!


  7. i`ve experience Hypnogagic Hallucinations numerous times now .. i`ve seen the spiders. they usually tend to be the size of a small hand or tarantula size.

    i have issues sleeping at night alot but it`s gotten to the point where i stay up not being able to catch any sleep. this time it happened again where i was finally catching sleep at night. but then i proceeded to have the hallucination and saw the spiders on top of my fiance`s body moving thier legs at me they always seem to be moving thier legs around as if they are freaking out or dangling. and according to my fiance i had shot up suddenly and my body went forward straight to the floor.
    but i felt all this yet my body felt light as a feather or fuzzy in the sense that i could not control it.

    As soon as i was able to move again i tried to go to sleep again. only to experience a nightmare about looking for my dog and hearing a siren then there was an earthquake before i could get to my dog i woke up again. by this point it`s already 3:40 am. from the corner of my eye i could feel someone watching me.. it was a lanky pale skinny elderly woman or taking the shape of one. her hair was all messed up and fritzy her eyes looked white. i ignored it since for years this happens on occassions. my dog was sleeping in the other room the whole time but wakes up when i do. which seems to happen alot.

    i looked up to see why this kept happening and i realized spiders and seeing an old hag is part of it .. but i yet to understand why it happens at all.


  8. I meant to add that I feel these giant spiders do not wish me harm but are hovering above me to observe. That makes me wonder if they are from another dimension as they fade away. I know I am awake and not imagining these spiders as it’s always the same ones or similar that appear.

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  9. I have been told that I have had been having waking dreams all of my life. However, I have always felt it more real than others say the situation really is-
    Lately it is getting worse. I am seeing large whispy masses hiding in the corner of my bedroom and my window, just by and over my bed. Last night I fought it off as it was descending down onto me. I am scared to sleep tonight, although my family says it is just my mind projecting and it is not real. I am looking for scripture to help me. I know the true words of Christ are strong, but what is best? Does anyone have experience and the ability to advise me?


    1. People say these are dreams or waking dreams but to me it happens shortly after I turn the light off. I feel they are always there waiting for me to go to sleep but I also don’t feel they mean me harm. They are large light coloured luminous spider things normally just hovering around. I am not sleeping well and have just ordered a night light I can plug in cos once the light goes on they fade away. The thing is I am always looking for them. We have lived in this house a few months now and I cannot remember this happening in our old house. I don’t see anything different when my eyes are open but sometimes when I wake up and my eyes are closed I can see figures running. They look like mythical creatures and last time the running thing was chasing one of these huge spider things and it just disappeared down a big hole. I just don’t know what is happening to ne


    2. Try not to be scared as i don’t think they mean u harm. That is my experience so far anyway. I feel they are creatures from another dimension who are curious as to who we are.


    3. I know what u mean hun as I’m just so tired as these things keep me awake but the more tired we are the more they will impact on us. Try and get a little night light as I only see these guys in the dark


  10. Last night I had a dream where a shadow woman was standing over my bed staring at my dog, who is like my child felt like sleep paralysis which I have a lot. I couldn’t move but I wanted her to get away from my dog badly, so badly that I was trying to move so I could get her way.. that’s what I felt at least would happen if I could move. then all the sudden she turned into a dark clock on the wall ..I couldn’t tell if it was a clock for sure or a circled framed picture. I don’t know what the hell that was and I’m hoping that I’m not going to lose my dog because it would just ruin everything !!💔💔💔💔 Has anyone ever seen a shadow woman before? Pls help. Thanks!


    1. To me it sounds like you are dreaming even though you feel you are awake. It happenened to me once in my life and it is scary cos u want to wake yourself up. I think your more likely to worry about your dog as you say she is so special to you. I’m hopeful you will both be fine and manage to get some sleep


    2. I have seen shadow people seemed to e around time my husband was disgnozed with prostate cancer I had many Visio a over the7 years that he lived and it ceased after he passed use to frighten the hell out of me waking up screaming jump out of bed to get away from the shadow person these days I sleep with lights on or tv running


    3. I’ve had this for 18 years ,seen people , geometric patterns creatures ,patterns ,black blobs , jellyfish type creatures ,spiders ,all kinds of crazy .Still happens regularly to me but I can go straight back to sleep I’m so used to it happening.I can shout out but usually can’t control what I want to say .crazy how many years this thread has been going and how many people this happens to.


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