Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Late St. Paddy's Day

by Rory Chasen, superstition agnostic and pet store manager, whose adventures are memorialized in the Superstition Mysteries by Linda O. Johnston


Hello.  This is Rory Chasen, returning after a hiatus.  The last blog here on the 18th of the month was written by the protagonist of the upcoming Barkery & Biscuits mysteries--Carrie Kennersly, a nice lady who loves animals as much as I do.  As I've mentioned before, my stories are featured in the Superstition Mystery Series which began in October 2014 with Lost Under A Ladder.  

I know I'm a bit late, but I thought I'd talk a bit today about some superstitions associated with St. Patrick's Day, which was yesterday.  But some of the superstitions that might apply aren't specifically tied to that holiday anyway. 

First one I'll mention is an obvious one: a four-leaf clover.  Shamrocks--3-leaf clovers--are the symbol of St. Patrick's Day and might have some luck attached to them, but four-leaf clovers are associated with good luck no matter when you happen to find one.  The thing is that if you have a four-leaf clover you need to hide it.  If anyone else sees it, your good luck could vanish.  And be sure not to give it to anyone else.  But if you do happen to have one, you'll be especially lucky gambling and racing, plus witchcraft will have no hold over you. 

Leprechauns are also associated with the Irish and St. Patrick's Day--but they're mischievous creatures and the luck they may bring isn't necessarily good.  If you happen to find one and capture him, though, hang on to him till he tells you where he's hidden his treasure.  And the music of leprechauns?  It's supposed to be enchanting. 

Then there's the color green, which is supposed to be lucky on St. Patrick's Day--or not, if you don't happen to be wearing it.  If you're not wearing green, a leprechaun might see you and pinch you. 

Another pertinent superstition has to do with the Irish, St. Patrick's Day--and the origin of Destiny, California, where I now live. The town is all about superstitions, and it was founded around the spot some Forty-Niners discovered gold at the end of a rainbow.  I've heard that finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow was originally an Irish superstition.  Fairies supposedly left the gold there with leprechauns guarding it. 

Okay, you probably know I'm a superstition agnostic.  Are any or all the above true? 

You tell me! 

Do you know of any other St. Patrick's Day or Irish superstitions? 


LOST UNDER A LADDER, the first Superstition Mystery by Linda O. Johnston, was an October 2014 release from Midnight Ink.  And watch for the next Superstition Mystery, KNOCK ON WOOD, coming later this year.


  1. I'd like to meet a leprechaun so I could ask him questions!

  2. I don't know much about superstitions, but my grandson got pinched a few times at school yesterday for not wearing green. We're going to have to ask him how many leprechauns are in his class...

  3. Despite living in Destiny, I've never heard of anyone there meeting a leprechaun there, Willow. It seems like a natural place for leprechauns to visit if they come to the U.S. from Ireland. I wouldn't mind asking one a few questions, too.
    -- Rory

  4. Your poor grandson, Elaine. Maybe leprechauns have given lessons to others in his school.

  5. Rory, that's an interesting thought! ;-)

  6. I used to keep green stickers in my classroom, for those who forgot to wear green.