Three of Cups Artwork Description
“Maidens in a garden ground with cups uplifted, as if pledging one another.” 1
Three of Cups Associations
- Three: Creation. Expansion. Female(1)+Male(2)=Child(3). Harmony/Dynamic.
- Element: Water.
- Timing: Autumn; slothy; dynamic.
- Direction: West/indirect; continuity.
- Keywords: Relationships; family, friends, strangers, enemies; coworkers; romance/lovers; emotional attachments to other sentient beings or highly valued things.
Three of Cups Basic Meaning
The Three of Cups is about victory, celebration, and group effort. It is a time of fulfillment and accomplishment. Friends and family come together to celebrate an awaited occasion such as a birthday, baby shower, or graduation.
“Joining a group of like-minded individuals; emotional celebrations of all kinds; positive group mind; comfort; a happy outcome of an emotional situation; good luck; emotional fulfillment of something long awaited.” 2
“Three maidens with three overflowing cups celebrate. The creation here, springing from the investment of emotion, is “family” meaning either family members that you’re reunited with, or a young friendship with people who are like family.
In the Rider-Waite deck autumnal fruit surrounds our three ladies, suggesting that they are celebrating the abundance of the harvest to sustain them through lean times. Or, perhaps, this relates to the great, Elysian mysteries, which celebrated the return of Persephone from the underworld and, with her, the return of abundant grain and fruit. Either way, they interlock arms as they lift their cups, toasting each other, united in joy and love.
This card can signify parties, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, birthdays or a holiday dinner. What it signals most strongly, however, is being with those who are emotionally in tune with you and you with them. If this card comes up regarding a question about a new relationship, it usually means that you’re either discussing it with friends/family, or introducing this new person to friends/family. You’re taking the next step in strengthening your emotional bond with the person. That is to say, you’re feeling serious enough about them to let them meet those who are important to you-and let those who are important to you meet them.” 3
“Meaning: The conclusion of any matter in plenty, perfection and merriment; happy outcome, victory, fulfillment, solace, healing. Unexpected advancement for a military man.
Reversed: Expedition, dispatch, achievement, end. Consolation.” 1
Axank’s Dream Recollection
December 13-14, 2011
I got nothing.