This year the summer solstice coincides with the full moon, which hits its peak on the same day. The June full moon, also known as the “Strawberry Moon”, marks the beginning of the strawberry season, and serves as a signal to start gathering the ripening fruit.
It’s hard to believe we are officially in the middle of summer, here in England we haven’t seen much sun yet. Whatever the weather it’s fun to get out for a woodland wander. With all the recent rain, the hedgerows surrounding our woods are lush and vibrant. Our magic clover patch is flourishing and has already yielded some four-leaved treasures. The trefoil leaves are a familiar sight on our wanders but the lucky four-leaf clover is a rarity only found with patience; we once even found a five-leaf clover. It is estimated that the chances of finding a four-leaf clover are one in 10,000 and finding a five-leaf, one in a million. Our little clover patch is indeed a magic one.
With a clover patch the size of ours, statistically there should be five or six ‘mutant’ clovers at any one time. Many people tell me they’ve often searched but never found one. Shall I share with you the secret to finding them?
Searching does not work. To find a four-leaf clover you need to be a dreamer. You need to lazily scan the ground without actively looking for one. Eventually your brain gets used to the repetition of the three leaves and a change to the pattern jumps out. Try it, it works.
The three leaves of the clover are said to represent faith, hope and love, and the rare fourth leaf brings luck. The fifth leaf is supposed to bring great wealth, but I’m still waiting to see if that comes true. There are many myths surrounding the four-leaf clover, all have the same basic meaning though, the finder shall be bestowed with luck and good fortune.
As children we giggled over the superstition that if you put a four-leaf clover in your shoe, you’d meet your future lover on the same day. I didn’t like boys very much back then so I never risked that one coming true.
Four-leaf clovers are used to ward off evil spirits in many cultures. Druid priests used them in rituals to heal the sick and protect against evil. It was also traditional to give one to a bride as a blessing of the marriage, bringing luck and everlasting love to the couple.
My favourite of all the superstitions surrounding this lucky charm is it gives the finder the ability to see fairies. Midsummer is also deemed to be the best day of the year to see a fairy and the it is said that the fairies will in turn bring good fortune to those who respect nature and the old ways. My own three little Fae take it in turns to make a wish on every lucky clover we find. Last weekend I overheard my littlest Fae’s wish…
Please can you bring me a baby rabbit, and one each for my sisters. I promise to love them and look after them. I did ask Mummy for a pet rabbit ages ago but she seems to have forgotten.”
I guess I’m going to be in trouble if I don’t help the fairies make this wish come true!
My Midsummer wish is for a summer of sun and fun with my three girls. There is one last superstition – if you give your lucky clover away, your luck will double and the person who receives can also make a special wish. This one is for you.