The Sign of Good Fortune and Luck
Typically, clovers have three leaves. Those three leaves are believed to represent faith, love, and hope. 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, love, hope, and luck.
Interestingly, four-leaf clovers, while relatively rare, have some competition when it comes to the number of leaves. Five-leaf clovers have been known to occur, and one lucky person once found a six-leaf clover. These rare objects are very sought after. In fact, there are four-leaf clover collectors. One person amassed a collection worth $170,000 over her lifetime, and another woman holds the record for number of four-leaf clovers collected in one hour; That number is 156. Nobody is quite sure as to how clovers get that extra leaf, though it is believed that genetics play a part.
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. There were also tales of sorceresses who would hunt four-leaf clovers at night and make them into potions.
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 the 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 able 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.
In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the Lenormand cards, a divination tool that emerged in the 1800s. These cards are used in cartomancy: The art of divination using cards. While divination via tarot and playing cards are better known, many diviners and psychics make use of this remarkable deck.
The second card in the deck is Clover. Not all Lenormand card sets depict the clover as having four leaves, though many do. This card indicates a period of short term luck and good fortune. The person being read for will have a certain amount of time in which they will need to act. If they don’t, they may miss a window of opportunity.
Lenormand cards are often read in pairs. The card that comes after the clover may indicate the type of luck or opportunity that is coming up. In some cases, however, the card may also show whether the luck is waning or will be blocked. If the clover comes after another card, it may point to the nature of the thing represented.
For example, the fish card in Lenormand indicates finances. If the clover comes after the fish, this could indicate luck in financial affairs, along with short term opportunity that should be investigated and taken advantage of.
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-connection 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?
Other things to consider include how you encountered the clover:
In a dream: If you spot a four-leaf clover in a dream, this may be a subconscious indication that luck is about to come to you. Keep in mind, however, that luck is just that: Favorable circumstances for an undertaking. It is up to you to take action.
While outdoors: If you encounter a four-leaf clover outdoors, Spirit may be trying to show you that you are developing your powers of perception. Spirit may also be indicating that it is time for you to look for opportunities that may exist, but are not yet known to you.
In an illustration or piece of decor: If you are reading a book or visiting a home and a four-leaf clover catches your eye, you may be in for some good luck, but luck that comes through another person. Take advantage of opportunities to see friends, talk to your boss, and network. Your next big break may be around the corner.
When it comes to spiritual encounters, it is often best to take time to reflect on what has happened and what you have learned. Many people find that prayer, meditation, and even journaling can be helpful, as these approaches can unlock your subconscious and help you to integrate this new message and lesson into your life.
Some people wear jewelry that depicts a four-leaf clover as a way to keep their luck traveling with them. You may even be able to find a real four-leaf clover that has been encased in plastic or glass that you can wear as a pendant.
All these beliefs and more have surrounded the mysterious little four-leaf clover over many centuries, and some that people still hold to be 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 considered lucky when 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 some steep odds.
Still, here are some tricks you can use to help you find a four-leaf clover for yourself:
- Four-leaf clover hunting is a numbers game. Before you hunt clover, hunt for a clover patch. Keep your eye out for clover patches on public lands and ask your friends to do the same. The more clovers in one area, the greater your chance of finding a four-leafer.
- Before heading out to hunt clover, pack a book that you can use to press the clover and keep it safe. Decide on a page number ahead of time so that you don’t forget where to find your clover after you bring it home.
- Forget the magnifying glass. It may be tempting to bring along a magnifying glass or other instrument to help you see the clover up close. In truth, the best way to spot a four leaf clover is to simply look at the patch in sections. The human brain is pretty good at identifying objects that don’t fit the general pattern.
- If you spot a four-leaf clover, congratulations! One thing you might consider is this: Take a picture of the clover, but don’t take it with you. Allow someone else to have an encounter with the lucky clover.
Good luck in your search!
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