Ancestors of today's Celtic people had a deep connection with nature on a spiritual level. In both Pagan and Christians beliefs there is a strong connection to the number 3. For Pagans, it would be Maid, Mother, & Crone. For Christians, it would be Father, Son, & Holy Ghost. As a result of these beliefs, the shamrock has been revered as a symbol for these beliefs.
In the folk art of the Celtic tradition, the triskelion, triple spiral, triquetra, Druid marks. and various knot-work have been representations of the shamrock.
The clover was believed to have attributes of abundance and nurturing. Clover was the main food source for livestock and since clover grows with little effort, the ideals of abundance was supported for the shamrock.
Symbolism of the Four Leaf Clover
The four-leaf clover is considered a good luck symbol because of its rarity. According to Irish lore, each leaf symbolizes a different lucky characteristic: Respect, Wealth, Love, & Health.
So if you're looking for the elusive 4-leaf clover and are fortunate enough to find it, hold on to it. It's gonna be a wild ride!