Three of Cups

Three of Cups

Three of Cups

The Three of Cups is a beacon of celebration, friendship, and communal joy. This card dances to the rhythm of shared happiness and the unbreakable bonds of companionship. It whispers of gatherings, reunions, and the warmth of hearts joined in mutual support and understanding. The Three of Cups symbolizes the essence of community and the power of collective energy and speaks to the strength found in unity, the comfort of shared experiences, and the joy of life’s milestones celebrated together. It encourages an embrace of social connections, the nurturing of friendships, and the importance of expressing gratitude and love within a community.

This card also holds a deeper spiritual resonance. It speaks to the vibrancy of group rituals, the collective power of shared intentions, and the sacred act of honoring life’s cycles together. In the spirit of inclusivity and sensitivity, this card transcends traditional boundaries, inviting a celebration of diverse relationships and the myriad forms of love and friendship. It beckons us to find connection not just in human relationships, but in the joyous communion with nature and the universe. The Three of Cups is a gentle reminder of our interconnectedness with all beings and the universal spirit that binds us in an eternal dance of unity and celebration of life.

3 of Cups Reversed

When the Three of Cups appears reversed, it signals a disruption in social harmony. This inversion hints at potential conflicts within your circle, feelings of isolation, or the neglect of social bonds. It’s a call to reflect on personal relationships and consider if misunderstandings or imbalances are causing disconnection. This card encourages introspection and communication in order to heal and strengthen our communal ties. It reminds us that even in times of discord, the path to reconciliation and renewed connection is through empathy and open-hearted dialogue.


“In the joyful embrace of true friendship and communal celebration, I find strength, love, and a deep sense of belonging.”

3 of Cups Reversed

3 of Cups Zodiac Sign

The zodiac sign of Cancer is associated with the Three of Cups tarot card.

3 of Cups Love

The Three of Cups shines a radiant light on the joy and fulfillment found in emotional connections. It signifies a time of deepening connections, whether in a romantic union or among close friends. It reminds us of the importance of celebrating love in all its forms, nurturing mutual support, and embracing the shared happiness that comes from loving and being loved within a harmonious and caring community. It commemorates the kind that flourishes in gatherings, celebrations, and the everyday moments that are shared with the ones we love. The Three of Cups is a testament to love’s power to unite people, creating bonds that are both nurturing and joyous.

In a more intimate sense, this card symbolizes the blossoming of a romantic relationship into a deeper, more meaningful phase. It might indicate a time for taking the next step together, be it an engagement, marriage, or simply an acknowledgment of a committed partnership. This card serves as a reminder of the importance of celebrating your relationship, not just in grand gestures, but also in the small, daily acts of love and appreciation. It encourages a spirit of gratitude for the love you share and the joy it brings. In essence, the Three of Cups in love is a call to cherish and nurture the emotional connections that enrich our lives, making them fuller, more vibrant, and deeply satisfying.

3 of Cups Yes or No

In a Yes or No reading, the Three of Cups can generally be interpreted as a Yes.

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Three of Cups Ritual

This Three of Cups ritual is a meaningful way to celebrate and strengthen your bonds of community, friendship and love by honoring the joy these connections bring into your life.

Minor Arcana Symbolism

Tarot Card NameThree of Cups
Card Number EnergySynthesis
Numerological MeaningCreation, manifestation, community, growth, connection, expansion, birth, rebirth, artistry, chronology, generation, variability, communication, individuation, action, process, relationships, cycles, expression, vitality
Classical ElementWater
Traditional Upright MeaningCelebration, community, reunions, friendship, happiness, creativity, gatherings, joy, good conversation, collaborations, connection, social events
Traditional Reversed MeaningIndependence, broken engagements, lack of social life, isolation, frustration, loneliness, feeling excluded, gossip, loneliness, imbalanced social life, over indulgence, alone time, cancelled festivities, affairs, lack of friendship
Jungian Personality TypeFeeling
ChakraSacral, Throat
Astrological CorrespondenceMercury in Cancer
Crystals and StonesCitrine, Melo Pearl, Brown Tourmaline, Orange Calcite, Amber, Boulder Opal, Orange Tiger’s Eye, Tangerine Quartz, Cognac Diamond, Orange Tourmaline, Chocolate Opal, Coral, Hyacinth, Petrified Wood, Orange Selenite, Smoky Quartz, Peach Moonstone, Burmese Sapphire, Light-colored Lapis Lazuli, Angelite, Blue Calcite, Sodalite, Azurite, Star Sapphire, Celestine, Dumortierite, Aquamarine, Blue Topaz, Blue Kyanite, Hawk’s Eye, Blue Pearl, Labradorite, Blue Lace Agate, Apatite, Blue Flash Moonstone, Sapphirine, Blue Spinel, Turquoise, Chrysocolla, Amazonite

3 of Cups as Feelings

The Three of Cups embodies a heart brimming with joy, camaraderie, and a deep sense of belonging. It radiates the warmth of close friendships and the comfort of shared experiences. This card captures the euphoria of life’s celebratory moments and the emotional richness of being part of a supportive community. It’s a reminder of the uplifting power of collective happiness, the contentment in mutual understanding, and the profound emotional satisfaction that comes from genuine connections and heartfelt celebrations with those we cherish.

Three of Cups Meaning

Tarot Through the Ages

Tarot was originally invented as a card game in the mid 15th century. French occultist Jean-Baptiste Alliette, also known as “Etteilla”, was the first to assign divinatory meanings to the cards in the late 1700s. Many others have followed in his footsteps, bringing their own unique interpretation of the cards. In our exploration of the Tarot, we weave together contemporary insights with the timeless wisdom of the past. This blending of past and present perspectives offers a more holistic view, allowing us to connect with the evolving narrative and lineage of wisdom that has shaped our understanding of each card over time. Let’s dive into some of these historical interpretations…

Three of Cups Meaning


Activity, determination, practicality; fondness for pleasure and comfort; attachments and attractions to the opposite sex; pleasure, merriment, eating and drinking, plenty of new clothes, etc.


Sensuality; danger of the “triangle” situation; trouble through attachments or the opposite sex; irresponsible spending; misunderstandings.

Time period

Astrologically, the Three of Wands governs the second decanate of Cancer, from July 1st to July 10th. This card is ruled by Mars.


In the vesica, the letter H is surmounted by a flame refers to the second letter of IHVH, which letter is attributed by Qabalists to Understanding, or the number 3. Compare with the lamp on the 2 of Wands.



Modern Translation of The Oracle of the Tarot by Paul Foster Case (1933)

Three of Cups - RWS

The Minor Arcana: Three of Cups

Card Definition

Initiative, effort, essay, venture, commerce, discovery, appropriation, daring, audacity and also imprudence, interruption, cessation and ‘the end of troubles’ ; not continuous.


The element of water in the eleventh house, also known as the house of friends, indicates harmony and the like. It signifies friendship, but in this airy house, it’s more intellectual than emotional. This house represents environments that the individual has conquered and thus feels ‘friendly’ towards. This means the person is at peace in familiar settings and feels content. There’s no sensation of restriction or obstruction. Everything flows smoothly, leading to an overall cheerful mood. It’s the symbol of pleasant times, good fortune, and overall satisfaction.

Since the eleventh house is also associated with health, it indicates wellness and eventual recovery. This house also pertains to trade and business, and the card certainly benefits these areas, offering a keen sense of opportunities and understanding the preferences of business associates.


Enjoyable moments, promising opportunities, business and intellectual partnerships, success, positive outcomes in various endeavors; robust health and eventual recovery, healing. Maintaining positive relationships with others. Feeling upbeat, happiness, celebrations.

Modern Translation of the General Book of the Tarot by A.E. Thierens (1930)

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3 of Cups Tarot

Upright: The outcome of something resulting in abundance, perfection and merriment; happy resolution, victory, fulfilment, solace, healing.

Reversed: Expedition, dispatch, achievement, end. It signifies also the side of excess in physical enjoyment, and the pleasures of the senses.

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite (1910)

Three of Cups Card Imagery

Young women in a garden, raising their cups as if toasting one another.

-Modern Translation of The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Waite (1910)

Three of Cups - symbolism infographic

The Lord of Joy

A bright radiant hand, as before, holds a group of lotuses or water-lilies. Two flowers are positioned on each side of the lotuses and spill water into the top cup. Similarly, flowers pour water into the cups below. All the cups are overflowing; the top one fills the two beneath it, and these spill onto the bottom part of the image. The cups are set up in an upright equilateral triangle. Mercury and Cancer are shown at the top and bottom.

Symbolism: Abundance, plenty, success, pleasure, sensuality, passive success, good luck and fortune. Love, gladness, kindness, giving and receiving freely, open-mindedness, open-heartedness.

Binah of HB:H (Plenty, hospitality, eating and drinking, pleasure, dancing, new
clothes, merriment).

Therein the Angels HB:RAHAL and HB:YBMYH are lords.

Modern Translation of The Tarot of the Golden Dawn: Book “T” by MacGregor Mathers and Harriet Felkin

3 of Cups

3 of Cups

The Meaning of The Three of Cups Card Throughout History

The Tarot deck is a beautiful synthesis of esoteric thought and archetypal imagery. The journey of the deck, shaped by the events and values of each era, has continued to evolve and take on new significance as it adapts to a larger cultural story. Often a tarot card will have a variety of names and meanings. Exploring the historical interpretations of each card will create a deeper understanding of this powerful method for divination and self-discovery.

Various Names For The Three of Cups

The Three of Cups has taken many names throughout history such as Three of Chalices, Three of Goblets, Three of Vases, Three of Vessels, Three of Bowls, Three of Containers, Three of Hearts, and Three of Waters.

Tarot de Marseille (1650)Three of Cups
Golden Dawn (1888)The Lord of Joy
Papus (1892)Three of Cups
Rider-Waite (1910)Three of Cups
Thoth (1943)Three of Cups
3 of cups yes or no

Significations of The Three of Cups

  • Realization of the commencement of a love affair. The love is mutual.

-Tarot of The Bohemians by Papus (1892)

Three of Cups Symbolism

Upright: Success, Triumph, Victory, Favorable issue.
Reversed: Expedition of business, Quickness, Celerity (swiftness of movement), Vigilance.

-The Tarot by S.L. MacGregor Mathers (1888)

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The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

Three of Cups - The Illustrated Key to the Tarot published 1918, public domain
Three of Cups – The Illustrated Key to the Tarot published 1918, public domain

This guide by Arthur Edward Waite, the designer of the most widely known Tarot deck and distinguished scholar of the Kabbalah, is the essential Tarot reference. The pictorial key contains a detailed description of each card in the celebrated 78-card Rider-Waite Tarot deck, along with regular and reversed meanings. Contents describe symbols and secret tradition, ancient Celtic methods of divination, and wonderful illustrations of each Tarot card. This book is the perfect complement to old-style fortune telling and also serves to make the Tarot entirely accessible to modern-day readers. The Pictorial Key to the Tarot is the classic guide to the Rider-Waite deck and to Tarot symbolism in general.

Golden Art Nouveau Tarot

Three of Cups - Golden Art Nouveau Tarot by Giulia F. Massaglia © 2019 Lo Scarabeo srl. All rights reserved, used by permission.
Three of Cups – Golden Art Nouveau Tarot by Giulia F. Massaglia © 2019 Lo Scarabeo srl. All rights reserved, used by permission.

The gold-foil details of this outstanding deck perfectly complement the elegant designs and gracefully curved lines of the classic art nouveau style. Artist Giulia F. Massaglia captures the essence of the RWS symbolism and makes it truly sacred with her immaculate illustrations. Whether you’re reading for yourself, for friends, or for clients, the Golden Art Nouveau Tarot provides all the insights and wisdom of a traditional tarot with the addition of a stunning visual presentation. These cards add a glorious touch of sparkle and shine to your tarot practice.

Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights

Three of Chalices - Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights by Lo Scarabeo © 2005 Lo Scarabeo srl. All rights reserved, used by permission.
Three of Chalices – Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights by Lo Scarabeo © 2005 Lo Scarabeo srl. All rights reserved, used by permission.

Adventure, magic, poetry, and love come to life in this Tarot deck based on the classic 1001 Arabian Nights folktales. Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights is bursting with rich imagery relating to the Arabian renaissance, the exotic allure of these fairy tales bestows timeless wisdom to those who seek it.

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