While walking through one of the cemeteries at Glendalough, Cinnia noticed a plot of shamrocks growing at the base of one of the stone crosses. The shamrock was a sacred plant to the Druids as its three leaves were representative of the triad. It was believed to be a harbinger of spring. The Druids also believed carrying clover would allow you to see evil spirits. While the lore of the shamrock dates back to the Druids, it is more commonly acquainted with St. Patrick who used the shamrock to teach the Holy Trinity.
While most shamrocks are three leaved, the rare four leaved variety is the one most sought after. It is believed to bring luck to the person who finds one. In Irish tradition the leaves of the four leave shamrock stand for faith, hope, love, and luck. Children often believed finding one would allow you t see fairies.
Cinnia turned in a circle three times saying, “I believe, I believe, I believe.” She then squatted at the base of the cross and ran her hand gently through the shamrocks. And there it was – four leaves – she plucked it out of the mass and pressed it between the pages of her journal. “My luck is changing after all.
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