Four Leaf Clovers: Are You Feeling Lucky?
The luck derives from the plant’s connection to Eve. Some legends claim she brought a four leaf clover with her when she and Adam were exiled from paradise. If you find one, you have luck because the plant originated in paradise. The luck’s even stronger if the four-leafer is found in your yard, unless you’re one of those people who think of clovers as weeds.
Druids also revered the four-leaf clover for its magical powers. They believed that a person who found such a rare clover would have the ability to detect evil beings. If you can see these evil beings, such as witches, you can avoid them—thus, the clover was viewed as a good thing to have in your possession.
The Irish connect the four-leafed clover to the shamrock, a similar green plant. The shamrock is lucky because it is believed to keep snakes away. It also was useful to St. Patrick who used the shamrock to explain the holy trinity and convert the Irish to Christianity.
Which story of how the four-leaf clover came to be associated with good luck do you like best? What other explanations have you heard? Has a four leaf clover ever brought you any luck?
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