The True Story Behind these 9 St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Charms
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Year after year, March 17 celebrates Irish culture worldwide and commemorates St Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints. The holiday is generally celebrated culturally and religiously with parades, performances, and festivities throughout the world. Looking for some luck today? St. Patrick Day revelers often believed that carrying lucky charms on this day can bring them good fortune. So, here’s how you can improve your luck and gain the luck of the Irish!
1. Four-Leaf Clovers
In the early days of Ireland, Celtic priests believed that four-leaf clovers were able to offer magical protection and ward off bad luck from evil spirits. Today, the Irish believed that whoever finds a clover with 4 leaves can be protected from witchcraft and additionally receive good luck in gambling and racing. Four-leaf clovers are extremely rare to find and the luck it offers may be limited– If the finder shows their four-leaf cover to anyone esle, the luck vanishes!
2. Palo Santo
Palo Santo is the name of wood obtained from a special trees in South America. These special trees are part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon. Translated from Spanish as “holy wood,” palo santo is burn in a ceramic bowl to cleanse the home of negative vibes and enhance good fortune. The smoke from the wood also provides added benefits such as increasing your focus and creativity, and being a natural insect repellant for your home.
The early Irish had a superstition for mythical fairy tale creatures. The reason why horseshoes are consider a good luck charm is because the metal helps ward off goblins and evil spirits from homes! However, only horseshoes found spontaneously are considered good luck– purchasing one or using a gifted horseshoe doesn’t count. There is also much debate about the proper way to hang the horseshoe. For example, some believe that hanging the piece with the two ends pointing upwards help collect luck and keeps it from in place, while other traditions state that the two ends should point downward so that luck pours onto those who walk through the door where the shoe is hung.
4. Black Cats
Black cats have been a symbol for bad luck across numerous traditions and folklore. However, the Irish found a way to combat the negative energy from encountering a black cat in your path. If you see one coming, simply make a triangle with your index finger and thumbs, aim your triangle at the cat, and spit in the general direction of the feline.
5. Bonsai Tree
For a fresh green update to your home or office desk, consider growing a beautiful bonsai tree. Bonsai trees are a sight to look at, and can bring its caretaker good luck and prosperity.
6. Celtic Symbols
Irish jewelry may feature necklaces, bracelets, and rings fill with ancient symbols, some such as knots, leaves, branches, crosses, animals, and etc. These designs were most likely influenced by Celtic symbols and meanings. Each design has a different meaning, but the charms are generally meant to bring protection and luck to the wearer.
7. The Color Green
Why do so many people wear green on St. Patrick’s Day? The answer is to avoid being pinch by leprechauns! Leprechauns are sneaky little tricksters who enjoys pranking people, but you can avoid this by wearing the color green! This color makes you “invisible” to these fairy tale creatures.
We all need haircuts once in a while, however if the date happens to fall on March 17th, try waiting until the evening! An Irish tradition states that cutting your hair in moonlight can help you squeeze out some luck. But just don’t give a lock of your hair to your significant partner as a romantic gesture — this actually has the opposite effect and can bring you bad luck!
It’s the morning after March 17 and you happened to see some shoes swung across telephone wires. Guess what? The person who done that might not just have been a typical St. Patrick’s Day reveler getting into the spirit. There’s an Irish tradition that states throwing your shoes out on the way home from a party might actually bring you good luck!
So there you have it. Whether you celebrate March 17 or not, we wish you the best of luck today!
Have an awesome St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!