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St. Patrick's Day

“May you have all the happiness And luck that life can hold And at the end of your rainbows May you find a pot of gold."

~ Traditional

Leprechauns are said to busy themselves making and repairing shoes and that they hide their gold coins in a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. At today's prices as of this month, a pot of gold is worth approximately $1,258,000 US! Alas, you'll never be able to reach a rainbow's end as the visibility requires distance between object and observer, with the sun at your back.

By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan embodies the pot of gold found at the end of the rainbow in leprechaun folklore. Click on the tartan picture to view the detail of the rainbow colors leading to the golden treasure.

It is said that every Leprechaun has a pot of gold, hidden deep in the Irish countryside. To protect the leprechaun’s pot of gold the Irish fairies gave them magical powers to use if ever captured by a human or an animal. Such magic an Irish leprechaun would perform to escape capture, would be to grant three wishes or to vanish into thin air!

Some versions of this myth say that Leprechauns find buried coins at the sites of old battles, and store them in the pots. The coins, of course, had been buried by soldiers who intended to come back after the battle to retrieve them, but did not survive to do so.

If you wish to increase your chances of finding a pot of gold today, one sure way of seeing leprechauns is to carry a sprig of four-leaf clover or shamrock somewhere about your person, or a stone with a natural hole bored through it, or a piece of wood with a knot that has been knocked out. Some say a sprig of the faery cap flower (also known as lusmore or foxglove) conveys the same power, but this is disputed. Often also the robin redbreast will lead you to a leprechaun because they are great friends. In fact a robin is the most common bird form the leprechaun will adopt, for which reason it is especially bad luck to kill or trap a robin, even accidentally.

Click here for more about leprechauns, and click the pot of gold for some tips on how not to be tricked by any leprechauns you should happen upon today. And yet ...

“Don’t miss all the colors of the rainbow,
Looking for that pot of gold.”

~ Traditional

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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