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In occult belief, the witching hour is the time 12:00am, at which creatures such as witches, demons, ghosts, and gremlins are thought to appear and to be at their most powerful. Black magic is thought to be most effective at this time.
It is separate from the period of time known as "Dead Time" Which lasts from 12 AM to 1 AM, when there are no Catholic church services and prayers, as marked by the Canonical hours.[dubious ]
Adversely, the term Devil's hour applies to the hour of 2:33 AM, 3 AM or 3:33 AM, the suggestion being that this is an inversion of the time at which Christ died at Calvary.
The term may be used colloquially to refer to any arbitrary time of bad luck, or in which something bad has a greater likelihood to occur (e.g., a baby crying, a computer crashing, stock market volatility, crimes, etc.).
- Manning-Schaffel, Vivian. "Cry, Cry, Cry: The latest (not entirely reassuring) research on colic". Babble.com.
- Malik, Om (27 October 2009). "3 Times Unlucky or the Start of a Larger Trend?". GigaOM.
- Little, Ken. "Beware of Stock's Witching Hour". About.com.