Why Are Four-Leaved Clovers Considered Lucky?

Dear Sara,

Why are four-leaved clovers considered lucky?

– Brian G.

Dear Brian,

what do leaves on 4 leaf clover mean?

Four-leaved clovers are relatively rare, and encountering something rare (unless we’re talking a recently-revived megalodon) is usually considered lucky. Additionally, the more common three-leaf clover has been used to represent the Christian Trinity with one leaf representing faith, the next hope and the third love. The extra leaf in the four-leaf clover represents luck.

-Sara Bellum



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Sara Bellum
The name's Sara Bellum, and I'm the editor-at-large here at BuzzyMag - the hostess with the mostess, if you will. I like to think that my first calling is fighting crime and delivering a heaping dose of sweet, sweet justice to all manner of thugs, miscreants, hoodlums, ruffians, and ne'er-do-wells, but unfortunately, violent vigilantism doesn't exactly pay big bucks these days.  

Times are tough, my friends, and I've got bills to pay, so I decided to put my encyclopedic knowledge of all things sci-fi & fantasy-related to use to help me land a day job. To tell you the truth, it's kind of a nice change of pace. My manicures have been lasting a bit longer lately.
  • Madeline Finney

    I’m sure you are right about luck being generally accepted as that something extra but according to old Irish tradition (and the Shamrock is about as Irish as you get ) St. Patrick used the Shamrock’s three leaves to teach the pagans about Christianity. It symbolized the Holy Trinity with each leaf representing the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. When it’s found with the additonal fourth leaf represents God’s Grace.