This week’s card to study is the Three of Cups.
Esoteric Title: The Lord of Joy
In the Three of Cups from the Universal Tarot, we see three women, dressed in their finest clothes, dancing and celebrating, in the middle of a vineyard. They are clearly enjoying themselves, as they hold up their cups, high in the air, to toast each other. There is a vine full of ripe grapes just above them, proving the season has been good to them, and they’re ready to be picked.
Rider-Waite-Smith Three of Cups for comparison:
The Three of Cups card lies among the Minor Arcana, which represents day-to-day life and its ups and downs, challenges and opportunities.
Cups are associated with the element Water and represents all emotions, all different kinds of love, all kinds of relationships, feelings, receptivity, intuition, the subconscious, your dreams, your imagination, your vision, artistic creativity
Astrological Correspondences – Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces (Water signs)
Note: The Golden Dawn correspondences for the Three of Cups: Mercury in Cancer
One and two makes three creating a triangle and a possible circle (with arcs). One is the male, two is the female, and three is the child they produce. Three is the first true magical number; the Holy Trinity, the Triple Jewel, the Three Fates, etc. and I’m sure you’ve heard, “the third time’s the charm”. Three’s are the number of creative expression. Keywords: communication, creating, expansion, movement, action, growth, development.
Friendships, gathering, joy, celebration, parties, friends gathering, enjoying each other’s company, connections
- Fruits/Harvest – harvests represent growth and success; resources; being thankful
- Light Blue Sky – there is not one cloud in the sky.
- Color Blue – positivity, cool, calming, color of the sea. Although the color blue has negative associations too, it’s not in this card!
This is a time for friendship and celebration.
You may find yourself attending some sort of celebration or party, such as a wedding, birthday party, reunion, etc. or, maybe something occurs that calls for a celebration, such as a promotion. Either way, this the perfect time to spend time with family and/or friends and enjoy each other’s company and positive energies.
Career – This is a time for camaraderie and appreciating your colleagues. You may find yourselves going out to lunch or dinner together; spending time together outside of work. Whether you’re employed or not, you may be offered a new opportunity or reward that will call for a celebration.
Romance – If you are single, you may find yourself meeting a friend of a friend.
If you’re in a relationship, this could be the perfect time to have friends over by hosting like a dinner party etc.
Questions to ask –
Do I take time to be social with friend and family?
Do I take time to appreciate life and do I celebrate my own accomplishment?
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
This is my interpretation of this card. It may differ from other Tarotists, and yours as well, and that’s okay. Please work to create your own card meanings; learning the Tarot is not about memorizing.
In addition, remember nuances of the interpretation may differ depending on the Querent’s question, the spread, the surrounding cards, and what your intuition may be telling you at the time.
The Tarot card above is from the Universal Tarot by Roberto de Angelis 2003 Lo Scarabeo srl, via Cigna 110, 10155 Torino, Italy. All rights reserved, used by permission.
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