Her lawn looks like a meadow,
And if she mows the place
She leaves the clover standing
And the Queen Anne’s lace!
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay
It’s that time of year again: the time when clovers abound in gardens, forests, and fields, as well as in St. Patrick’s Day and Irish Heritage Day imagery of all varieties.
So you might as well work some clover magic!
As such, I thought I’d share the magical properties of clover – both the leaf and the flower.
First, please enjoy this except from Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs.
(Psst! Scroll to the bottom of the post to find a 30% off discount code for the books excerpted!)
Folk Names: Honey, Honeystalks, Shamrock, Three-Leaved Grass, Trefoil, Trifoil
Powers: Protection, Money, Love, Fidelity, Exorcism, Success
TWO LEAVED: If you find a two-leaved clover, you shall soon also find a lover.
THREE-LEAVED: Trefoil, or the three-leaved clover, is worn as a protective amulet.
FOUR-LEAVED: The four-leaved clover, if worn, helps men avoid military service. It also protects against madness, strengthens psychic powers, enables you to detect the presence of spirits, and leads the wearer to gold, money, or treasures.
If two people eat a four-leaved clover together, mutual love will result. Seven grains of wheat laid on a four-leaved clover will enable one to see fairies.
If you put a four-leaved clover in your shoe before going out, you will increase your chances of meeting a rich new love.
FIVE-LEAVED: The five-leaved clover is powerful for attracting money, and should be worn for this purpose.
WHITE-CLOVER: White clover is used to work against hexes, and is worn or scattered around the premises for this.
RED CLOVER: This clover, added to the bath water, aids you in dealing with financial arrangements of every kind.
Red clover is also used in lust potions and the infusion is sprinkled to remove negative spirits.
IN GENERAL: Clover keeps snakes away from your property, if grown there. When placed in the left shoe, and then forgotten, clover keeps evil from you. Worn over the right breast it brings success in all undertakings.
If you have been disappointed in love, wear clover near your heart in a piece of blue silk to help you through.
…Next, please enjoy this excerpt from my very own The Magic of Flowers.
It seems clover’s leaves are often more famous than his blossoms – but why? Clover blossoms are ever so magical and endlessly lovely in their radiant subtlety. Paragons of gentleness of purity, they also engender vibrant health, enhanced physical beauty, innate prosperity consciousness, and calm inner strength.
Our sustenance is, in fact, based not on the visible manifestation of money but on the divine energy that underlies and animates all things. And this energy is endless! Once we realize this truth, we begin to notice that we already have everything we need. As a result, our visible resources begin to mirror our invisible awareness of our infinite supply.
To start this ball rolling, try spending time with a blossoming clover and let him gently remind you of the divinely designed supply that is already in your possession at this very moment. You might also take the flower essence every morning during the waxing moon.
Red clover blossom is a natural beautifier. In addition to endowing you with the magical energy of wild, divine beauty, when used correctly it can cleanse your blood and add radiance, elasticity, and clarity to your skin.
All clover blossoms are members of the precious and esteemed group of flowers that help us connect and communicate with the faeries. They are like little energetic doorways into the faery realm. The best way to do this is to spend time outdoors near blossoming clover and let your mind wander and drift into daydreams. Also, if you have a faery altar (or if you choose to construct one), you may like to place clover blossoms on it. Working with the flower essence can help blur the walls between our realm and the realm of the fey.
As a character trait, strength must be balanced with gentleness in order to wield it in the most harmonious and effective way.
For those of us who were raised to think that speaking our truth is rude or out of line, and for those of us who learned that we had to bulldoze our way through life in order to be treated fairly or receive our fair share, finding the balance of gentle strength can be an important consideration. And clover blossom (white especially) can help with this.
For this purpose, try sleeping with fresh white clover blossoms under your pillow, spending time with the flowers, or taking the flower essence.
Health and Healing
Red clover blossom traditionally has been used as a blood purifier and to treat breast cancer, menopausal symptoms, and skin problems. White clover blossom has been used to detoxify the system and realign the body with its natural state of health.
Energetically speaking, either or both can be used to restore vibrant health to the body/mind/spirit and to remind us of our most ideal state of holistic well being.
For temporary or long-standing health challenges, supplement your other healing endeavors by taking the flower essence or incorporating the blossom into a healing charm.
While some magical ingredients may be more potent protectors, white clover possesses a subtle emanation that can be a wonderful enhancement to any protection charm. For example, garlic, pyrite, and white quartz – especially when charged for the purpose – can repel negativity like nobody’s business. White clover blossoms, on the other hand, can realign us personally with our natural state of positivity and perfection so that we have nothing to which negativity can stick. In other words, like attract like, so when we vibrate with purity and positivity, we attract more of the same.
When you weave protective magic, you might consider adding a pinch of white clover blossom or white clover blossom essence so that your magic works on a number of levels and from a number of angles.
Just because something is subtle doesn’t mean it can’t also be potent. And when it comes to spiritual and physical purification, that’s clover blossom’s motto.
Here are some ways clover blossom can be used for purification:
- Place two drops clover essence in a mister of rose water and mist an interior space to purify the vibrations. You can also mist your body and aura for the same purpose.
- Drink two to three cups white clover blossom tea per day to support physical detoxification.Drink two to three cups red clover blossom tea per day to support emotional detoxification (after abuse, a challenging breakup, etc.)
- Take four drops white or red clover blossom essence under the tongue or in water twice per day to support physical and emotional purification.
- Place fresh clover blossoms in bath water, along with one cup sea salt, for a physical/emotional/spiritual purification bath.
- After space clearing, arrange fresh clover blossoms and soy candles together on a plate and place in a central location in a room. Repeat in each room and area of the home, and light the candles to help set the new vibration in place and to further purify and uplift the energy.
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