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Shamrocks have always been my favorite St. Patrick’s Day symbol. For the most part, shamrock imagery remains iconic, and has largely avoided the often offensive and stereotypical commercialization of Irish culture, that has long plagued the Leprechaun.
For many Irish Catholics the shamrock is synonymous with the concept of the Holy Trinity. Legend tells that St. Patrick used the “three leaves on one stem” of the shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to the Pagan Irish Druids.
Personally, as a modern day Pagan and student of Celtic Lore and spirituality, I’ve always found this legend a little humorous.
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