The shamrock in all of its bright vibrant greenery often pops up around this time of year. With St. Patrick’s Day on its way and just around the corner, shamrocks can be seen everywhere from wee shamrock plants in the grocery stores to garlands of shiny shamrocks beads for St. Patrick’s Day.
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Before we jump in I just wanted to send out a thank you to a friend for suggesting this blog post on Shamrock Lore 💚
Shamrock Lore & Magick
The word shamrock means “little trefoil” referring to the petite size of shamrocks or clover and their plant family – trefoil. ☘️
The symbolism of the shamrock is intertwined with its three leaves. In Christian teachings, St. Patrick used the shamrock as a way to demonstrate the holy trinity’s presence of three aspects in one being – Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. As such, shamrocks have also been referred to as St. Patrick’s cross.
Three is a powerful number in Celtic myth as well. There are several Irish goddesses who appear in three separate aspects, and the realms honoured in Irish spirituality also appear in three – Land, Sea, and Sky.
It is possible that the Druids also worked with the threefold energy of the shamrock. In my research, I didn’t come across a concrete reference to this, though the connection was made in papers such as this one published by the Ulster Journal of Archeology in 1857 that it is certainly possible that the Druids considered shamrocks as
It should also be noted that another reason shamrocks are strongly associated with Ireland is that they grow plentifully there. 💚
If you have come across a source on the Druids and Shamrocks I’d love to read it 🙂
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Ideas For Weaving Magick With Shamrocks
- Nurture a shamrock plant to weave green magick
- Work with the triple energy of Land, Sea, and Sky
- If you work with a triple Goddess explore the 3 aspects of her energy and leave a shamrock as an offering
- Embrace the shamrock’s Celtic significance as a way to connect with the energy of the Celts
St. Patrick’s Day Musings
I tend to have rather mixed feelings about St. Patrick’s Day in general. When I was younger, I grew up appreciating the day as a bright celebration of Celtic things and vibrant green shamrocks in the middle of snowy, wintery March.
It was a sign for me that spring was on its way and I delighted in the Celtic music my parents put on the radio and totally dyed my ginger ale (pop) green with food colouring for fun. As a child, it was simply a fun time to celebrate my Irish forefathers.
When I grew up I realised that St. Patrick’s Day was often a tad rowdier than my quiet evenings with my parents.
The previous city I lived in had a huge St. Patrick’s Day celebration which spilt out onto the streets – without not even a bit of an exaggeration the ambulances started up at 11 AM rushing to the aid of partiers who had gotten their party started early. It was really not my favourite day during that time period.
St. Patrick’s Day as a Religious Celebration
Then, when I discovered paganism, it added yet another layer of complexity to my attitude towards St. Patrick’s day. I mean, it is at its root a religious celebration of the patron saint of Ireland who is heralded for removing the “snakes” a.k.a pagans from Ireland.
St. Patrick’s Day Parades Celebrating Irish Heritage
There are many different perceptions of St. Patrick’s Day, and a celebration of Irish heritage is certainly one of them. The St. Patrick’s Day parade came to life in Boston in 1737 as an opportunity for Irish immigrants to America to celebrate their heritage. In Montreal, the St. Patrick’s Day parade has been celebrated for close to 200 years – this year will be the 196th parade.
Between its religious connotations,
With so much going on around St. Patrick’s day it’s really up to you and your own feelings towards it as to how you celebrate. In my mind the most important thing is to be safe and mindful of others around you. 💚
My own celebrations tend to be a tad on the quiet side – which is just the way I like it. Last year, I taught myself how to bake Irish Soda Bread, listened to the Irish Rovers, and just for fun made a little green leprechaun hat for my bearded dragon. Though in all honesty, these are totally all things I would do anyway.😄 On any given day I might be listening to Celtic music, I love baking bread and crafting for Beardie 😍
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