Shamrock (Trefoil, Cloverleaf)

The Shamrock is the ubiquitous symbol of all things Irish. Although today it is usually regarded as a simple good luck charm or a St. Patrick’s day decoration, it is one of the oldest Celtic symbols.

The shamrock is a native species of clover in Ireland. A Catholic legend holds that St. Patrick used it’s three lobes as a device for teaching the Holy trinity. To the Druids who came before, it symbolized a similar “three in one” concept- the three dominions of earth, sky, and sea, the ages of man, and the phases of the moon. In Celtic folklore, the Shamrock is a charm against evil, a belief that has carried over in the modern reliance in the four leafed clover as a good luck charm.

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November 29, 2009 at 3:03 am


miriam bryan August 6, 2015 at 6:59 am

Me too!!! But I put a 4 leaf clover on me……

kevin kelly September 21, 2014 at 7:28 pm

I call on my IRISH heritage to bring me {peace and prosperity } as I truly need to find much luck.

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