The Sign of Good Fortune and Luck
Typically, clovers have three leaves. Those three leaves are believed to represent faith, hope, and love. Among these patches of three-leaf clovers, there’s a good chance that if you look hard enough, you’ll find one or two, if not more, four-leaf clovers. The fourth leaf is the one attributed to luck, giving the four-leaf clover the meaning of faith, hope, love, and luck.
Religious and Cultural Beliefs
In Irish culture, the belief in the powers of the shamrock (or four-leaf clover) stems all the way back to the Druid priests who used them in healing rituals, ceremonial worship and to ward off evil.
Of course, we can’t talk about clovers without mentioning St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who is credited with removing all the snakes from Ireland. He was a big believer in the power of the more-commonly found three-leaf clover, maybe because a four-leaf clover was harder to find. However, he used the three leaves as a representation of the Holy Trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. That is the reason that the clover is a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day. Were he to find a four-leaf clover, I think it’s fair to assume that he’d consider it a lucky find as well.
And where would any origin story be without a connection to Adam and Eve? It’s said that while getting booted from the Garden of Eden, Eve grabbed a four-leaf clover as a remembrance of the time they got to live in paradise.
Your Personal Meaning
The meaning of a four-leaf clover sighting is a personal choice, most likely based on your belief system. What rings true for you?
- Does it represent general good luck?
- Is it a reminder that the Holy Spirit surrounds you?
- Does it mean that you now have a direct-connect to the fairy realm?
- Is it a sign that you’ll marry one year from the date you find your clover?
- Should it be worn inside clothing to ward off bad luck?
- Does it mean you’ll live a life of fame, wealth, health and faithful love?
All these beliefs and more have surrounded the mysterious little four-leaf clover over many centuries, and some that people still hold true. But what is it about this tiny green treasure that makes it feel so lucky? Well, if you think about it, pretty much anything that is rare or simply hard to find might be also considered lucky if found. When it comes to four-leaf clovers, your chances of finding one in a patch of clovers is about 1 in 10,000. Those are steep odds.