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Celtic Trefoil

The trefoil, at one time called the "Seamroy" is a styilized geometric representation of the three leafed shamrock or clover.  The trefoil was a sacred plant among the Druids of Ireland because its leaves formed a triad, three being a mystical number in the Celtic religion.
It is probable that St. Patrick must have been aware of the significance of his illustration.  Preaching in the open air on the doctrine of the trinity, he is said to have illustrated the existence of the Three in One by plucking a shamrock from the grass growing at his feet and showing it to his congregation. The legend of the shamrock is also connected with that of the banishment of the serpent tribe from Ireland by a tradition that snakes are never seen on trefoil and that it is a remedy against the stings of snakes and scorpions.

The trefoil in Arabia is called shamrakh and was sacred in Iran as an emblem of the Persian triads.
 

Crafted in Sterling Silver or Bronze, trefoil earrings are available with a french hook (left) or post (right).

At this time I've only made the trefoil as earrings. Other applications of the trefoil are on the design table.



LORE:
  • If love has disappointed you, wrap clover in a piece of blue silk and wear near your heart. It will help you through it.
  • To remove negative spirits, sprinkle an infusion of clover around the affected area.
  • Place clover in your left shoe and forget about it. It will protect you from evil.
  • Clover grown in the garden will keep away snakes.
  • Wear clover over your right breast. It will bring success in all undertakings.
  • For more herbal and magikal information on the shamrock check out http://members.tripod.com/~GreyWing/Herbs.txt


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