Thursday, March 17, 2011
four leaf clover.. faith, hope, love, and luck
ps must i admit that i searched for a 4 leaf clover for over an hour today? yes, i searched this afternoon at the side of my house and later into the dark with a flashlight at hand. unfortunately, i did not find a 4 leaf clover this year and decided to create one. i will continue to search another day because there is a 4 leaf clover waiting for me. hey and maybe 2 three leaf clovers are better than 1 four leaf clover....
ps ps do you know the history behind a four leaf clover? if not here you go....
shamrocks (with three or four leaves) have been considered good-luck symbols by the irish since early time.
according to legend, eve carried a four leaf clover from the garden of eden. the clovers also occupied a position in the cultural life of early peoples. white clover (t. repens l.) in particular was held in high esteem by the early celts of wales as a charm against evil spirits.
the significance invested in four leaf clovers pre-dates christianity, going back to the pagan period, when four leaf clovers were celtic charms. celtic dominance once extended across ireland and much of western europe. it was the druids (celtic priests) who elevated four leaf clovers to the status of celtic charms, allegedly potent against malevolent spirits. their status as celtic charms is the origin of the modern belief in their power to bestow good luck.
the leaves of four leaf clovers are sometimes said to stand for faith, hope, love, and luck.
however, another interpretation is widely known via the following verse:
"i'm looking over a four-leaf clover that i overlooked before. one leaf is sunshine, the second is rain, third is the roses that grow in the lane. no need explaining the one remaining is somebody i adore. i'm looking over a four-leaf clover that I overlooked before."
the mystique of the four leaf clover continues today, since finding a real four leaf clover is still a rare occurrence and omen of good luck.