You don’t need to be from Ireland to have the luck of Irish on your side! This St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate the patron saint of Ireland with more than just green accessories and pints of beer. Honor the international event, held March 17, by orchestrating your own good fortune — and we promise it doesn’t involve searching for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
1. Grab Some Cinnamon Sticks
Some believe that putting a stick of cinnamon in your wallet will lead to wealth and prosperity. So keep the spice near your cash, and if nothing else, at least you have a tasty tool on hand to stir your hot toddy!
2. Find Yourself a Four-Leaf Clover
St. Patrick used a shamrock to explain the Trinity while he spread the message of Christianity. But it’s the four-leaf clover that is said to bring good luck to those who stumble upon it.
3. Say an Irish Blessing
4. Pay a Visit to Your Garden
If you’re familiar with Alice Hoffman’s 1995 novel “Practical Magic” then you know Sally Owens, the book’s witchy protagonist, had a few good luck charms and omens of her own.
“There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.”
Lavender comes from the Latin word “lavare,” which means to wash. It could be interpreted that lavender cleanses one from evil spirits.
5. Burn Sage
Sage is another plant that purportedly repels misfortune and wards off evil spirits. Smudging, which involves burning sacred plants to smoke out and clear a space, is said to combat negative energy that could be lurking on the Irish holiday.
6. Be Kind
Instead of holding on to a rabbit’s foot or hanging a horseshoe in your home for good luck, another way to bring forth positive energy is by spreading it. Mind Body Green suggests radiating positivity is a simple way to attract it. The acts of kindness can be as small as smiling, buying a cup of coffee for the person in line behind you or by complimenting a stranger.
What are your tricks for attracting luck on St. Patrick’s Day? Sound off in the comments section below!