[Seasonal] Sunday Legends-Shamrocks

If December is associated with trees and February with hearts, then March is associated with the four leaf clover. The commonly held tradition is that the clover is good luck.

But why would this plant, above all other types of clover, be lucky? Why not three leaf or five leaf clover? Like a number of other superstitions surrounding luck, the answer is hard to determine and the answer may be ‘a little bit of all of the above’. Some people say that the four leaf clover symbolizes the last little bit of green taken from the garden of Eden. The Irish historically used the plant to ward off illness and evil. In large part it may just be that compared to the rest of clovers, the four leaf kind is relatively rare-for every 10,000 clovers, one may be a four leaf plant.

The clover is held to do several (good) things for the finder. People trying to find someone to marry should eat it, and the next unmarried person they see is who they’re said to marry. Leaving it in a shoe and then meeting an unmarried person is said to do the same thing. The Egyptians thought that giving the clover to a newly married couple would ensure that they would always love each other. The plant is said to protect the owner from evil of various forms. Each leaf is said to mean something different-hope, faith, love, and luck.

How lucky do you feel? According to some clover folklore, the only way to hold onto the luck that the clover will bring you is to pass it on to other people. However, other people insist that you can’t tell anyone that you found one and it must stay in your possession or your luck will run out. Want to be even more lucky? Find a five or six leaf clover-five leaves are suppose to bring you luck in money and six are supposed to bring you fame.


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