The shamrock refers to the young sprigs of clover or trefoil. It is known as a
symbol of Ireland, with St. Patrick having used it as a metaphor for the Christian
Trinity, according to legend.
The Patron Saint of Ireland St Patrick illustrated the Holy Trinity of a united
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Symbol of Christianity, Rebellion and Magic
Born as Maewyn Succat in 387 AD to a Roman officer, St Patrick was a missionary
sent to convert the Irish to Christianity. Another legend is that St Patrick
succeeded in driving out snakes from Ireland, but it is actually a metaphor for
banishing the pagan Druids, shamans and magicians of the Celts.
Shamrocks were believed to possess magical properties with its tripartite leaves,
as three was a sacred number in numerology. In ancient times they were used by
druids to ward off evil spirits. It was also thought that an upward direction of
its leaves was a prophecy for grave weather. According to recent research, red
clover has shown anti-cancer activity, and poultices of the herb have been used as
alternative medicine for skin complaints such as psoriasis and eczema.
A very busy plant.