4 Things You Need To Know About The Four-Leaf Clover

With St. Patrick's Day approaching, people can soon begin to search for four-leaf clovers. This lucky symbol are really hard to find, and that rarity is why we consider them lucky.  There are many ancient and modern legends about three- and four-leaf clovers that also bolster their lucky significance. According to one legend, Eve carried a four-leaf clover from the Garden of Eden. Some think the superstition of the four-leaf clover originated with the Druids, an order of priests in ancient Britain and Gaul who appear in Welsh and Irish legend as prophets and sorcerers. They believed the shamrock helped them see evil spirits, which gave them time to escape to a safe hideout. The four-leaf clover also was used to ward off evil, as it provided a magic repellent that turned away bad luck.

If you don’t know about four-leaf clovers yet, here’s four necessary knowledge you’ll need before attempting your luck to go and hunt for one:

1. The odds of finding a four-leaf clover are 1 in 10,000

The four-leafed clover is a recessive trait in the white clover plant. That means that in order for a stem to have four leaves, it must have inherited the recessive trait from both of its "parents." So what are your odds of looking over a four-leafed clover? Approximately one in 10,000 clover stems will have a four-leafed mutation.

2. Each leaf means something different

The four leaves represent faith, love, hope, and of course, luck.

But, you end up with even more leaves, which is supposed to be even luckier. For example, six-leafed clovers are supposed to bring faith, hope, love, extra luck, money, and good fortune.

3. Four-leaf clovers aren't shamrocks

Shamrocks and four-leaf clovers are not the same thing; the word 'shamrock' refers only to a clover with three leaves.

4. St. Patrick only uses three-leaf clovers

Not to say he didn't like the four-leaf counterpart, but legend has it that St. Patrick would use three-leaf clovers (which are pretty easy to find) to explain the Holy Trinity to those he converted, since he'd say that the leaves represented the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Only the three-leaf clover is associated with St. Patrick's Day.

We hope learning about four-leaf clovers didn’t deter you from your clover-hunting. May the luck of the Irish be with you this St. Paddy’s Day! 🍀

Cecilia BaguiwongComment