Julie Robertsí Lucky Clover ©
Author : Julie and Robert Tan

Faith, Hope, Love and Luck
Thatís what the cloverís all about.
Miracles happen with our clovers
Many find joy, some even find lovers.

Share your love with everyone
Have faith in God and in yourself.
Have hopes that your wishes do come true
With determination, the lucky clover can work for you.

The four leaf clover is a widely accepted symbol of good luck with its origin dating back to ancient times. According to legend, Eve carried a four leaf clover from the Garden of Eden. The significance invested in four leaf clovers pre-dates Christianity, going back to the pagan period, when four leaf clovers were Celtic charms.

Celtic dominance once extended across Ireland and much of Western Europe. It was the Druids (Celtic priests) who elevated four leaf clovers to the status of Celtic charms, allegedly potent against male violent spirits. Their status as Celtic charms is the origin of the modern belief in their power to bestow good luck.

The first literary reference to draw on the tradition of four leaf clovers as Celtic charms seems to have been made in 1620. In that year Sir John Melton wrote, "If a man walking in the fields finds any four-leafed grass, he shall in a small while after find some good thing."

Saint Patrick used the three-leaf clover, called the Shamrock, to preach on the "Holy Trinity" to the Irish. On average, there are 10,000 three leaf clovers for every instance of a true four leaf clover. The leaves of four leaf clovers are said to stand for faith, hope, love, and luck. It has been known that whenever one finds the four-leaf clover, "something good always happens".

This culture of the four-leaf clover soon spread throughout Europe, US, Japan and Korea. It is now known even in Hong Kong and lately Singapore. Films had been made of the legend of the four-leaf clover, called the "Leprechauns" and even you can find them in the Japanese and Korean dramas. There is also a song and poem dedicated to the four-leaf clover, which is now universally known as "the lucky four-leaf clover". Children read them in Enid Blighton's books and references on the "lucky four-leaf clover" can also be found in several other books. Accordingly, the late US President, Abraham Lincoln, was quoted to carry a four-leaf clover everyday except on the day he was assassinated. It was also reported elsewhere that Napoleon Bonarparte, the late French emperor, escaped assassination when a bullet whisked passed his head. At that instant, he was stooping down to pick up a "lucky four-leaf clover". In another book titled "Good Luck: Creating the Conditions for Success in Life & Business " by Alex Rovira and Fernando Trias De Bes, there is a story about how Merlin the wizard sent out the knights in the kingdom to search for the magic four leaf clover. Eventually, one of the knights, Sid, was successful in his search for the clover but only after creating the right conditions which enabled the four leaf clover to grow.

The mystique of the four leaf clover continues today, since finding a real four leaf clover is still a rare occurrence and omen of good luck. And if you want to find proof, just read the many testimonies of love, happiness, success and fortune which the 'lucky four-leaf' clovers brought to Julie Roberts' friends, clients and customers.