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The True Essence of The Irish Shamrock Discovered Throughout History.

The True Essence of The Irish Shamrock Discovered Throughout History.

One of the misconceptions encountered or the mainstream and stereotypical belief we face as Irish people is the Shamrock. People quickly assume that the Shamrock or the four-leaf clover, as some may call it, is our national symbol. But the truth is, the beauty and symbolisms in designs and crafts are rich in Ireland, which doesn’t connote the idea that it would only be the Shamrock per se.

Several Irish symbols are rooted in our rich history that is practiced and appreciated in the Irish community. Some would be the Celtic Knot, Irish Harp, Triquetra, Claddagh, Celtic Cross, Tree Of Life, and the Celtic Bull, among others. Like any other country, it doesn’t focus on one symbol to showcase its heritage.

Going back to the idea, why did the Shamrock earn its place in Irish symbolism and traditions, you may ask? To answer the question briefly, we all know the story of Saint Patrick, who allegedly used the three-leaf clover to teach people about Christianity and religion as he traveled across Ireland. Each leaf represents the holy trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The illustration and imagery may seem like the only reasons for such. However, the truth is that Celtic druids are the ones who started such practices.

The Shamrock was initially associated with the Celtic goddess Anu and would showcase her status as maiden, mother, and crone. Then again, it makes you think about the idea as one concept. As we look closer into Irish history, the Celts believe that “3” is a sign of luck and prosperity. Therefore the majority of their beliefs would revolve around such practice.

Some Celtic beliefs also see the Shamrock with three leaves as:

  • Land, Sea, and Sky
  • Mind, Body, and Soul
  • Love, Truth, and Wisdom
  • Birth, Death, Rebirth
  • Nature, Knowledge, and Truth

In retrospect, it’s safe to believe that the three leaves can represent countless beliefs in Celtic and Celtic Druid practices but does not necessarily stick to one aspect. Unofficially, the Shamrock became the national flower of Ireland and has been for generations till the present date. You may have specific values and beliefs in line with the Shamrock in your Celtic practices, but that does not mean it’s wrong. As long as it is rooted in the same symbolisms we cultivate as Irish people, it isn’t something you should be ashamed of.

The Shamrock means “seamrog,” directly translated as little clover. So it answers the question we get when asked what the Shamrock means or what form of Irish word it is.

With that being said, St. Patrick and the Celtic druids back then are one of the reasons why the Shamrock is present in today’s society. If someone immediately asks you why the Shamrock is the symbol of Ireland, you can attest that it isn’t the national symbol. Moreover, it is one of the national symbols that is materialized in our society.

We may use the Shamrock symbol in emblems, organizations, merchandise, and other aspects of Ireland bodies to promote tourism. It’s because it is a symbol that we all understand and that people from different countries live without. They aren’t familiar with our practices and values, but once they see the sign, they are reminded of those who do. They are given the idea that these people believe in the belief of a character that is close to nature and that it represents more than just what it is perceived to be.

The reason why the three-leaf clover is different from the four leaves is that the four-leaf clover is a rare find. This is why there have been connotations that the symbol of four leaves is good luck because it isn’t something you would see every day.

Change your perspective that the only symbol we cherish in Ireland is the Shamrock, there are many more symbols that we cater to, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Visit Ireland today and learn more about what we offer in line with what we believe in, rooted in our ancestors and their practice.

One of the beautiful things about Ireland and its symbols and designs is that they are now handcrafted into jewellery we can wear daily. Check out our store at Celtic Knot Jewellery. There’s a perfect collection of your beliefs and story to see for yourself. Shop Now!

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