Springtime Joy for St. Patrick's Day
Springtime Joy for St. Patrick's Day
Did you know? -  The Legend of the Shamrock
The druids believed that shamrocks held special protection powers from evil and that the clover’s three heart-shaped leaves represented the triple goddess of Celtic mythology. According to the legend, each goddess could take three forms: a maiden, mother, or wise woman. The number three was prevalent in Celtic myths and legends. Just as the Irish clover was important to the druids, early Christians also found meaning and symbolism in the plant. It was first used by Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, to illustrate the holy trinity. It’s also thought that Saint Patrick used the shamrock to banish all the snakes from Ireland. As a result, the shamrock soon came to be seen as a holy plant. But why is it so lucky? It not only has special powers that can banish evil, but a four-leaf shamrock is undisputedly rare, and so to find one is lucky. It also had an important place in the Irish rebellion and Ireland’s bid for independence. Queen Victoria, wanting to suppress the rebellion against the crown, made wearing a shamrock a capital offense. This gave the shamrock even greater meaning, making it a beloved symbol of freedom and national identity. Ever since, the Irish have proudly displayed the shamrock as part of their heritage. It remains a true emblem of Irish patriotism and a symbol of spring.
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