Prelude to St. Patrick’s Day




Many sites will tell you that the little trefoil known as the shamrock was once known as “seamróg“, pronounced “Seamroy”, meaning “little clover”. They also mention the fact that it is a very common clover that grows heartily in Ireland.

Many agree that the ancient Druids honored it as a sacred plant. The Druids believed the shamrock had the power to avert evil spirits. Some people still believe the shamrock has mystical, even prophetic, powers. It is said that the leaves of shamrocks turn upright whenever a storm is coming.

According to Lady Wilde, the shamrock “enlightens the brain and makes one see and know the truth“.

The ancient Irish Celts also revered the shamrock because it has three leaves, and they considered “3” to be a sacred number. The ancient Celtic Druids believed many numbers held mystical powers.

The three leaves shaped like hearts were associated with the Triple Goddess of Celtic mythology, otherwise known as the “Three Morgans”. The Triple Goddess represented the Triple Mothers, the hearts of the ancient Celtic tribes.

This Celtic tradition of honoring “3’s” continued in Ireland for millennia.


May the worst o’ yer problems

Be a peaceful sleep,

And sweet dreams.







4 thoughts on “Prelude to St. Patrick’s Day

  1. i liked your post 🙂 i watch for the turned up leaves and I relate to the Triquetra….
    which on this morning i saw the leaves are starting to curl up…rain this weekend ?
    Hope you’re staying warm in your neck of the woods///
    Take Care…You Matter…

    1. It’s kinda crazy here, Mary, warm for a few days (unseasonable), then cold and snow for a week. Not enough snow to accumulate, but enough to keep it cold and miserable. Really upsets me that real shamrocks won’t survive up here all year. Guess you can’t have everything !!!! 🙂 Take care. It was so nice to hear from you.
      🙂 Me 🙂

      1. we’re 35 one day and 92 the next, now rain has turned the yard into a great pond for the birds 🙂
        Shamrocks are really a Winter plant here, i grow some in containers but the the heat makes the go dormant…shade seems to help a little…
        you know the shamrock from your roots, they are within you in spirit 🙂
        it’s nice to hear from you too….
        Take Care…You Matter…Have a wonderfully peace-filled Sunday
        just me 🙂

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