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. One night I was asleep or so I thought I was when I woke to see a massive giant Spikey black spider hanging from a cob web in the corner of the bedroom. I immediately got up switched on the light and refused to go back to the bedroom so I sat downstairs for about 30 minutes until I realised I must have been dreaming? but the experience felt creepily real.


  2. I see spider shadows, i see them alot at times when it happens. I see them during the day, at the beach and when im relaxed at night. They range in size from small to the size of a tarantula, just a black shadow. I dont look for them when it happens im at the point were they are there and im here so be it. Its nice to see that it happens to others and im not crazy. I did have one odd experience walking in walmart once like one bit the top of my head i quickly touched the spot nothing was there so i let it go. Do i share theses things with people…no this is my first time.

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  3. When i was little i had a dream about something i woke up and there was this big hair spider crawling up from bottom of my bed …. when i say huge i mean like the size of a large dog maybe a little bigger …. but thats not all i had an octopus above my head i was in a wake state but i hid under my covers it scared me so much people must think im crazy but i know what i saw its not my only experience with seein my dreams come to life … but also ive felt being attacked in my sleep which has woken me and recently ive experienced something i cant explain and i need help understanding …..
    Im in 1st stage of sleeping and my hearing goes funny and feels like im being hit in face by something like a ball of energy or something all i see is bright lights cause my eyes are closed anyone else experienced this….


    1. This sort of stuff happens to me a lot. It used to be the same thing I saw which were large light coloured octopus creatures hovering above me. This can happen any time at night even when the lights go out I am aware of them. Sometimes when I’m fully awake they are there above me and On turning light on they fade away but sometimes come back. I feel I am being observed but not in any danger. I try not to look for them and keep my eyes shut cos if I don’t I know I will see them


  4. I myself have seen the big Hugh spiders.I know I was not dreaming ,nor was I asleep.Merely sitting upright on my bed when one appeared at the end of my bed on top of the covers crawing towards me.I immediately threw the covers back and jumped up from my bed and started to look for it. I just knew it had to be still there in the room.It was gone,as if it just vanished into thin air.I was startled by the sight of the spider at the time,but did not let it become anything to fear .I simply thought in my mind this incident had to be something of a paranormal nature,since I was not asleep at the time I saw the hugh spider.My name is Angela ,and it is good to know that I am not the only person to have experienced this sighting so I thought I would share my story with others !


    1. I’m so used to seeing these large transparent spiders that I just swish them away now. So far they have not landed on the bed but I don’t feel they mean me any harm as they just seem to hover and observe. I think they are from another dimension as they are real and I am wide awake


  5. I also have seen spiders when just waking up. I’m not asleep, and I’m not awake. What always confuses me is that when I wake to a spider, I am never just coming out of a dream with a spider. I have no recollection of ever having dreamed of a spider in my entire life. This has happened so many times that it is no longer scary. There is always only one spider. It is not moving. It is always huge, ranging in size from about 1 1/2 inches in diameter, up to the size of a softball. It is always black, and the smaller spiders look a bit fake, with very pointy bends in their leg joints. I have no memory of them ever being hairy. It is either on the ceiling near the center, or on the wall right next to me. I’m always certain that it is observing me. Just as I force myself awake, to verify that I’m really seeing a spider, the spider seems suddenly aware that I’m aware, and will suddenly walk in a straight line , with a robotic walk, before just fading out of existence. It always seems to fade out where the ceiling meets the wall, or where the wall meets the other wall. It fades while walking. I’m not even scared of spiders, so it makes it all the weirder that I am seeing these.


    1. I am aware of these on switching off the light and I am wide awake. They don’t normally show themselves till much later when I wake in the night. They are nearly always transparent like a jellyfish and same size. There legs are always moving. When I try and grab them they wiggle away and I turn the light on to watch them disappear gradually. I’m not afraid of them just puzzled to what and why?? I think they are from another dimension crossing to ours.


  6. I’ve had multiple experiences with this. Once,in a place I no longer live, I fell asleep on my couch and I woke up randomly in the middle of the night. I saw a spider like figure sitting on a recliner about the size of a pug. It began to run toward me and I screamed leave me alone and it disappeared. I saw other spider like shadows in that house. I left that house and went to college and stayed in the dorms there. On the top of my bunk,I saw a large spider-sized spider with red eyes staring at me. I screamed and quickly turned on a light. But it was no longer there. In the house I currently live, I’ve seen large spiders ( some normal spider sizes and others not so normal) all with red eyes and some coming to attacking me but never actually doing it. It is terrifying.


  7. My father just told me about seeing large black spiders that are not real? He has seen them many times and they seem to be coming back more frequently. Real enough that he has tried smashing and has even caught one in his hands to find there is nothing there. He says they are “spider like” but most definitely not from here. They move weird, not the same as a spider. He has not told anyone but me. What and where do they come from?


    1. Thank God I’m not crazy. I prayed to be given the gift to communicate with the other side, oooppppss! Shortly thereafter I started seeing the shadow insects immediately upon waking. But, one morning I got up and in the corner of my room, by the ceiling I saw a purple spider/crab creature as biggas a large puppy. It was walking, like a crab not a spider. It then defragmented to nothing. After that sighting I said myself another little prayer, “please God, I don’t want to see these things anymore” and that wasgit, never again and that was about 15-20 yrs ago. Be careful what you pray for I guess, lol. Anyone else ever seen one like that before?


  8. I have just started seeing these huge shadow spiders in the last year and a half. Im 32 yrs old. I am no stranger to the paranormal unfortunately. Ive had experiences my entire life but as an adult, and someone who likes to believe they think “logically” ive just tried to explain away all of these occurrences. I started having sleep paralysis after being diagnosed with PTSD after my son passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly in 2010. Then i started having these “lucid dreams” or “astral projection” incidents that were absolutely, beyond belief TERRIFYING! I would go to sleep and it was like I left my body…but I went somewhere else. It was always night time and the place looked just like here with streets and houses and businesses etc. BUT…everything would always look just a bit “off”. Like it didnt look right. I would wander around for a while and every single time the same “female being” would find me, grab me by the arm and tell me “you are not supposed to be here. Come with me quickly” now…I say “female being” because she looked human but once again just a bit off. Its like at first glance they look exactly like we do but once you really start to look around…you realize they are indeed different. She always takes me to this alleyway with a brick wall and it is just a plain brick wall and a really small almost homeless guy just standing there leaning against the wall and she has a few words with him in a language i couldnt even begin to understand and he opens a doorway through the brickwall!!! We go through the doorway and she tells me im on my own and she goes back and im still not back to where i need to be, i keep going through this about a half a dozen times in these different places that always look a little off until i finally wake up for real. Ill think ive woken up in what appears to be my own bedroom at first glance and i literally go about my business until everything starts looking off again and i realize i am still asleep or still havent made it back to my own “realm/dimension/whatever the heck you can call it. It is terrifying. Those episodes seemed to stop and then all of a sudden I started waking up to seeing these shadow spiders!! In my own experience it is usually always just 1 spider however it is much, much larger than what others here have described. The shadow spider that i see is around 2-3 FEET in diameter. It is huge and it is usually either on the ceiling where the ceiling meets the wall or just on the wall. I will rub my eyes and shake my head hoping it is just that my eyes havent adjusted yet upon waking… but nope the thing doesnt disappear it just very slowly fades away as it walks away from me.

    Could there maybe be a connection there? Has anyone else ever experienced any kind of lucid dreaming or astral projection and then started seeing these things? Like maybe we brought them back with us from somewhere else? I cant make heads or tails of any of it. I have just been telling myself its not real


  9. Yes. And I am actually quite afraid. I woke up this morning to what felt like a bite or a grab (with sharp nails) on my toe. This is what woke me up and I screamed. When I looked down I saw a shadowy figure crawl under the bed. My husband, clearly startled jumped up too and cut the light on, but nothing. Absolutely nothing.


  10. I have had many experiences with waking up and seeing large hanging spiders from threads , on the wall and on my bed. 2 nights ago I had a whimsical like centipede ( that was a first). They never attack but always run away or recede into ceiling. I am awake when this happens and my husband hears me say, “hon, do you see that?” Then they fade. Whatever it is I’m not scared but curious. I’m glad I’m not the only one. I do not take drugs and have no history of mental illness. I am a nurse.


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