The symbolism of the clover today is very rich and interesting. Clover represents the divine triad, triplicity of the world and of the human being, that consists of inner spirit, immortal soul and mortal body.
Aincient Egyptians had great gods Osiris and Isis, who wore pictures of clover on their head dress. Indians found the meaning of four parts of the world in it, and Buddhists saw the unity of soul and body. In China clover from ancient times means the summer. Druids considered clover to depict the spring equinox. The practice of planting clover on the tombs of dead made it also the symbol of lost love and confession.
In Christianity clover became the symbol of the Holy Trinity – Lord God, Son and Holy Spirit. According to one legend St. Patrick, the advocate of Christianity, who came to the lands of Irish Peninsula explained the essence and grounds of Holy Church and faith according to the clover leaf, as a symbol of undistinguished trinity. From this time clover became a must in decorating and symbol of holiday of commemorating St. Patrick on March 17 in Ireland.
As the time passed the Christian meaning the clover tattoo found in the cultural tradition of the Celts, and symbol of early Christianity.
Clover tattoos have separate meanings of every leaf of the clover. First leaf means faith, the second symbolizes hope and the third was made for love. Thus in one small flower can be combined all most important and sacred ingredients of human life.
Sometimes there is the fourth leaf – the leaf of luck. But in nature four leaf clover is very rare, that’s why it is considered, that he who finds such flower will bring sudden luck. Thus, the clover with four leaves became the widely known symbol of luck. The meaning of the four leaf clover tattoo first of all is defined as the symbol of rarity and peculiarity, the symbol, that brings luck and happiness for those who wear it.
According to one of the legends, clover with four leaves existed only in the Garden of Eden and Eva, going down to earth with her husband took one of such flowers with her. But the botanists don’t agree on this story and proved that this flower is growing in nature in South and Central America.
So with the example of clover you can see how the small and not vivid plant can consist of a great variety of meaningful and sacred things for many world cultures.
Clother is a very wide-spread plant that grows practically everywhere and that makes clover tattoo really popular. Clover tattoos are usually rather small and practically every time clover tattoo design contains green colors, but this does not mean that there is no space for fantasy. Clover tattoo can be used as a combination with other plants. Clover and rose are symbolizing love, and in combination with violets it means confession. For the strengthening of the symbolism clover tattoos can contain horseshoes, crowns and other elements. Often inscriptions, numbers and letters that have their meanings, are used. Clover tattoo looks very good in Celtic style with the use of twisted and never meeting lines. Clover tattoo designs are considered unique not only because the positive symbolism, but also due to its form. It is very predicted and can be used in different forms of clover tattoo designs.
The places of application for clover tattoo can be very different due to its small size.
Clover tattoo can be good for male and female equally. Every person deserves a little luck. Of course these kind of tattoo is very popular with the Irish people, but also across the globe. The best places for tattoo application are wrist, forearm, ankle and feet.