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The Legend of the Four-leaf Clover

Updated: Jan 7, 2022

🍀 Have you ever wondered why four-leaf clovers bring good luck?

🇮🇪 Do you know why four-leaf clovers are associated with Ireland?

⛪️ Is there a connexion between four-leaf clovers and St Patrick?

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As I was sitting on the grass and enjoying the moment, I suddenly realized that I was the luckiest woman on earth... Not because of a winning lottery ticket or any other fortunate set of events, but simply because I was surrounded by a million of clovers, reshaping the ground into a carpet of lucky charms.

So of course. one can wonder why four-leaf clovers are indeed so special, and how they were ever associated with Ireland.

Here is what I found on the internet

🍀 The four leaves stand for faith, hope, love, and luck. Ireland is said to have more four-leaf clovers than any other country, indicating that Ireland is a lucky place. (family Search)

🍀 Four-leaf clovers were Celtic charms, presumed to offer magical protection and ward off bad luck (Southern Conservation Trust).

🍀 Children in the Middle Ages believed that if they carried a four-leaf clover, they would be able to see fairies (Southern Conservation Trust).

🍀 Four-leafed clovers are lucky simply because they are rare enough to be unusual, but not so rare that they're impossible to find (The balance everyday)

🍀 Some people say that the four-leafed clover adds God's grace to the metaphor of the Holy Trinity. (The balance everyday)

☘️ Shamrocks vs. Four Leaf Clovers 🍀

☘️ The word "shamrock" comes from the Gaelic word "Seamrog", meaning “little clover.” A clover is the commonly used name for plants with three leaves.

While trying to convert the Irish into Christians, St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the holy trinity with each leaf representing the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Tenon Tours).

Later-on, the three leaves also became associated with faith, hope and love.


But although the use of the shamrock as Ireland’s national symbol dates back thousands of years, it appears to often be confused with the four-leafed clover (Tenon Tours).

🍀 The four-leaf clover or the “lucky clover,” is where we get the luck from. It is a mutation of the three-leafed clover, so it is rare, and therefore, considered as lucky.

😉 SO, although I felt like the luckiest woman in the world for a moment, I was in fact surrounded by a field of shamrocks, and I am still looking for the rare little clover with a forth special leaf on it! 🍀

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