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St. Elmo's Fire

 

Ever since I was young, I was always told stories of the "Santelmo" or St. Elmo's fire. Often described as a ball of bluish or white flame, curiously, it is not hot in anyway. Some say it is the spirits of men who have died near a body of water or during heavy rains, others say it's the souls of children who were not baptized, leading those who follow it to their doom. I didn't really heed these stories, not until one night while I was on campus anyway.

It was the middle of July, I just finished my assignments and was packing up to go home, all was normal. I've walked home before, memorized each street like it was the back of my hand, but when I reached the old bus stop near my school... I saw it, a ball of flame, just floating. I was dumbstruck, I mean, I've heard the stories, the legends, but that doesn't prepare you when you see it in person. I was like in a trance, like I had the sudden urge to follow it, but I remembered what my Lolo and Lola always told me.

"Pag may makita ka na bola ng apoy Iho, baliktarin mo ang mga damit mo." "Para lumayas yong masamang elemento" (If you ever see a ball of fire Iho, turn your clothes inside out) (So the bad element leaves) I quickly turned my clothes inside out, even my underwear, when I looked back at the ball, it was gone...

Just vanished right before my eyes, I quickly ran home, not caring about the darkness, I just wanted to get back home safe. When I got home, I quickly called my Mom and Dad, screaming in the middle of the night.

They came running down the stairs, asking what the hell happened, and why my clothes are inside out. I quickly explained all that I saw, the ball of flame, and how I remembered my Grandparent's warnings. They hugged me tightly, my Mom said I was "lucky" while my Dad ran for the neighborhood "Albularyo" (Medicine Man) and had me checked if I had any lingering bad spirits. All was fine, I was home...

Though when I lay in bed at night, I sometimes see light shining through my windows, sometimes it's just cars passing by, but I always cover myself with my sheets. Never knowing if the Santelmo would come back for me...

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RSAChick (99 posts)
 
2 weeks ago (2019-06-04)
Hmmm...looking for a diplomatic way to ask people to be more diplomatic...
So think a bit outside of your box and frame of reference.

Here you might find another explanation of St Elmo's Fire:
Https://www.aswangproject.com/santelmo/

Not traditional but something, someone may hold true
Spockie (8 stories) (189 posts)
+1
3 weeks ago (2019-05-29)
What you saw was not St. Elmo's Fire. St. Elmo's fire generally occurs during thunderstorms and forms around a fixed item such as a fence post, an antenna, even the horns of a cow. What you saw was a spook light and a very unusual one at that. It more closely follows the description of a Will o' the Wisp. Are there by any chance marshy areas nearby? Could also have been ball lightning, a mysterious phenomenon that can occur even without a thunderstorm. Or... It could have actually been something from the spirit world. At any rate, you had a very interesting experience.
Cuddlebear (4 stories) (155 posts)
+2
3 weeks ago (2019-05-29)
As a sailor I have seen St. Elmo's fire on several occasions - Whatever you saw I don't believe it was St. Elmo's fire. St. Elmo's fire occurs normally in either thunderstorms of volcanic eruptions. It is caused by static electricity in the atmosphere, and it needs an "antenna" to appear. Some tall thin structure, like the mast of a ship, lightning rod, or radio tower.

In days of yore sailors saw in masts of their tall ships. It is normally blue of violet (I've never seen white, nor heard of it being white). Sailors believed it to be a good omen in a bad storms as it indicated the presence of St. Elmo, the patron saint of sailors.

That what you saw was white and stuck close to the ground would lead me to believe it was something else entirely.
freakedoutfreddy (1 stories) (50 posts)
 
3 weeks ago (2019-05-29)
No freaking way brotha! Did you really took off your clothes in a public place? If you're afraid of them fires why don't you always dress with your clothes inside out? Would it work? 😁 😁
Haven (15 stories) (257 posts)
 
3 weeks ago (2019-05-28)
Hi, Sokol

Were you the only person out that night? Was there any other witnesses? Do you remember what the reasoning behind turning your clothes inside out is?
lady-glow (11 stories) (2356 posts)
+1
3 weeks ago (2019-05-28)
Huh... How was the weather like that night?

"St. Elmo's Fire is a weather phenomenon involving a gap in electrical charge."

Https://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/climate-weather/atmospheric/st-elmo-fire.htm

It's hard to tell what would had been more shocking for any bystander, if the sight of the phenomenon or you undressing, turning your clothes inside out, and then getting dressed again after mooning them.

It's hard to say what you saw but, perhaps, what you believe to be a Santelmo is not what you think.

Thanks for sharing.

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