The leprechaun is arguably the most iconic and beloved of all the Irish symbols and it’s one which is inextricably linked with good luck. The leprechaun is a trickster, a mischievous member of the fairy family who will prank you in all kinds of ways as well as bestowing great wealth and fortune your way. Leprechauns are always depicted as small in stature, male, with a long beard and typically wearing buckled shoes and a leather apron.
History Of The Leprechaun Good Luck Charm
The name leprechaun is believed to be derived from “leath brogan” which translates as shoemaker. This makes a lot of sense as leprechauns are traditionally believed to make shoes! Despite only being cobblers leprechauns are also the keepers of great wealth and collect gold even though they have no way of spending it.
Why The Leprechaun Charm Brings Luck
Leprechaun are traditionally associated with wealth and abundance and many people believe that carrying a charm of the little people will encourage blessings of abundance by pleasing them.
How To Use The Leprechaun Charm
Leprechauns are devious and usually use a human’s greed against them, so it’s not wise to try and outsmart one. Carry a charm with you, hang one in your home or car or otherwise pay homage to the little folk for good fortune. Leaving food out for them overnight will put you in their good books.
How The Leprechaun Charm Is Made
Leprechaun charms are often made in silver as this is believed to be a fortuitous metal.
How To Make The Leprechaun Charm At Home
Do not try to catch a leprechaun – they don’t like being caught and will try to trick you! A far better option is to carry a leprechaun charm with you in your pocket or thread one onto a necklace to encourage the little people to bless you.
Interesting And Fun Facts About The Leprechaun Charm
- Leprechauns were originally believed to wear red; it’s only the more modern versions which are shown adorned in green
- If you hear a quiet tapping noise while walking in the Irish countryside, you might be hearing the sound of a leprechaun making shoes
- Sliabh Foy Loop is protected under EU law for the alleged 236 leprechauns that live there
- In Carlingford Mountain, a man claimed to find the remains of real leprechauns