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The Luck of the Irish is an ironic phrase.
Some trace the origin of the phrase to the US where, during the exploration for gold in the West, there were a high number of Irish people who got lucky, and found their “pot o’ gold” in the gold fields of California, or were equally prosperous in silver mining.
A four leaf clover refers to an aberration of a three leaf clover plant. It is the original shamrock plant of Ireland and the unofficial state symbol. The shamrock has powerful associations, and its occasional production of an extra leaf makes the rare four leaf clover especially lucky.
The three leaves of the clover have become associated with the Christian Trinity (God, the Father, His Son & The Holy Spirit).
The extra leaf of the four leaf clover is said to stand for God’s grace. A less dogmatic interpretation is that one leaf stands for faith, another for hope, the third for love and the last for luck.
May you have all FOUR!
I found 33 four-leaf ones & two five-leaf ones last year. Lots of faith, hope, love & LUCK!