by A.M. Burns
The legends of four leaf clovers being lucky and scared go back thousands of years. Regular three leaf clovers are magical, but the much rarer four leaf ones are even more special. Scientifically, the mutation for four leaf clovers affect about one in every ten thousand stems, so if you work hard you should be able to find a couple in most large clover patches. There are several plants with leaves similar to clover, and some of these normally have four leaves. One sure sign that what you are seeing is a real four leaf clover is that one leaf if normally smaller than the other three.
The ancient Celtic Druids held clover as sacred, seeing the divine triple goddess in each leaf, with one representing the maiden, the mother and the crone. In the four leaf clovers, they saw the balance of the four natural elements, earth, air, fire and water. This special balance made four leaf clovers extra special when used in magic. In ancient Rome, clover was associated with the God and planet Mercury. Mercury was the ancient God of thieves, merchants, prosperity and above all luck. This is most likely where the luck aspect of the superstations surrounding the plant come from. In English folklore, dreaming of clover foretells of a long and happy marriage.
In modern magical practices, clover has many uses from prosperity and fertility, to luck and protection. Many of these uses find their roots in ancient lore. Make a wash from clovers to see fairies and protect yourself from the evil eye. Cows grazing in fields of clover are said to be protected from the mischief of fairies, actually livestock feed on clover tend to grow well due to the health benefits in the high protein leaves. Carrying a four leaf clover in your shoe is suppose to attract love and wealth, not to mention, make your feet smell better.
Today it’s not nearly as hard as it was in the past to find four leaf clovers. A number of companies grow them for commercial use. They are sold as good luck charms in various forms, everything from small plastic key chains to magnets, lockets, and even laminated book marks, I know I like my literature to be lucky.
So from Saint Patrick carrying a clover to remind the early Irish of the holy trinity, to modern folk buying four leaf clovers encased in a variety of substances for luck, the four leaf clover has been a symbol for many, for thousands of years. You never know, it might be worth sitting down in a field somewhere and searching through ten thousand or so ordinary plants to find that one special one, and who knows you might even be lucky enough to find one with five or more leaves. Good luck.
1. I wrote my first book in high school. No it will never be published.
2. I spend my summers working the Renaissance Faire.
3. I was once bitten in the backside by a tiger, and no you can’t see the scar.
4. I can’t stand the smell of Oud.
5. Pizza rules, but it has to be all meat.
I love the Renaissance Faire and have been to a local one several times. Why do you like being an author?
I’ve been weaving stories for a long time. Being a writer gives me a greater ability to share those stories, and even sometimes let the voices in my head get out. It also frees me up to be myself in ways working for the corporate workplace never could.
Who’s your favorite author of classic literature?
Jewels Vern, the man had a great imagination and could really open up new worlds to his readers.
Tal O’Duirwood, dragon, enjoys his quiet life of solitude in the Colorado mountains. He never realized what was missing until his gets an assignment to travel to Yellow Sky, Texas and help a witch and her students there stop a vampire invasion. Once there, he finds that things were not as he was told. The witch is actually a werecoyote, and one of her students has eyes for Tal. Can Tal help stop the vampires in time to save his blossoming love? Will his heart, so long closed off from the world be able to open to the touch of the handsome young mage?
Where can readers find your book online?
Purchase Link for Blood Moon, Yellow Sky
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Thanks so much for guesting today. I enjoyed chatting and learning more about Irish myths and magic and about your book.
Hope you all can hang around to chat. Thanks again for visiting.