Four-Leaf Clover a Universal Symbol for Good Luck

| March 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

What makes a Four-Leaf Clover a Universal Symbol for Good Luck? In the early days of Ireland, the Druids, a member of the educated, professional class among the Celtic peoples of Gaul, Britain, Ireland, and possibly elsewhere during the Iron Age, believed that they could see evil spirits coming when they carried a shamrock, or three-leaf clover, giving them a chance to escape in time. They believed that four-leaf clovers are a Celtic charm that offered some magical protection, and warded off bad luck. It has carried forward in modern days to make four-leaf clovers a sign of luck. The lucky leaves of four-leaf clovers stand for Faith, Hope, Love and Luck.

Lucky Four-Leaf Clover

The unusual green plant: The Four-Leaf-Clover.

Meanwhile, based on Christian legend, Eve is said to have carried a four-leaf clover with her when she left the Garden of Eden. Meaning, anyone who has one can claim to hold a bit of luck. They also viewed the Four-Leaf Clover as lucky for its resemblance to the cross. Some even believe that the fourth leaf symbolizes the Grace of God.

The Irish often say that the green hills of the Emerald Isle (Ireland) contain more four-leaf clovers than anywhere else. Hence, the “luck o’ the Irish.” Children in the Middle Ages believed that they could see fairies if they carried a four-leaf clover. It became a great game for them to search the garden first for a four-leaf clover, and again for fairies.

However, the Four-Leaf Clover has nothing to do with St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, as he used a Shamrock, which has three leaves to explain the Holy Trinity, one each for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.

The odds of finding a four-leaf clover have been calculated at 10,000 to 1! There are no clover plants that naturally produce four leaves, which is why Four-Leaf Clovers are so rare, if you do find one, you are lucky indeed. Irish also believe that while finding a four-leaf clover will bring you good luck, finding a clover stem with 5 or more leaves is actually unlucky.

Do you think Four-Leaf Clover is a symbol of good luck?

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