Just for fun, I googled Witching Hour to see what I would find on my blog’s namesake. Here are some of the ‘after dark’ associations.
Firstly, the definition by Wiki explains that according to European folklore, it is the time (from midnight to 3am) when supernatural creatures are supposedly at their most powerful and black magic most effective. Ok, not good as I’m not in that ‘speciality’ and have no intention of conjuring up any naughty spells. Neither will there be any deep dark secrets.
In a more poetic description, William Shakespeare wrote about it in Hamlet (Act III sc. ii) :
Tis now the very witching time of night
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world; now could I drink hot blood
And do such bitter business as the day
Would quake to look on
That doesn’t sound good either, especially with the ‘hell and drinking hot blood’ stuff which I definitely do not endorse. Witching Hour is also a song by this British black metal band Venom whose lyrics include ‘hell, blood & the-being-whose-name-starts-with-S’. Definitely not my kind of music. Then there’s this novel of the same name by American author Anne Rice about Rowan, a descendant from the Mayfair family of witches, whom this evil spirit Lasher possessed (through her unborn child) in order to come back to life.
This namesake seems to be getting from bad to worse and looks like it will always be associated with the dark side. Perhaps I should include a disclaimer that this Witching Hour has nothing to do with that witching hour ……. no sinister dark evil things found here. The wee hours just happen to be my favoured time for thinking.
So shall I rename it Happy Hour??