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Three of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

Three of Cups Tarot Card Meanings Keywords

Upright: Celebration, friendship, creativity, collaborations

Reversed: Independence, alone time, hardcore partying, ‘three’s a crowd’

Three of Cups Tarot Card Meanings and Description

In the Three of Cups, three young women are dancing with each other in a circle, raising their cups high in the air in a toast of joy and celebration. They look to one another with appreciation, honour and respect, and are bound by their emotional connection and friendship. There is a sense of lifting each other up and celebrating each woman’s unique contribution to the group. The ground is covered with flowers, fruit and a pumpkin, symbolising the celebration of an abundant harvest and the goodness in life.

NOTE: The Tarot card meaning description is based on the Rider Waite cards.

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Upright Three of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

The Three of Cups is a card of celebration, friendship, sisterhood, and creative collaborations. Your friends and family are here to support you and lift you up to even higher levels of success. Celebrate with them and enjoy their company.

When the Three of Cups appears in a Tarot reading, you are encouraged to gather with your closest friends and have a good time together, talking, laughing, sharing and creating. Together, you receive the love, support and compassion you need right now from one another. You may be inspired to have a girls’ night out, a weekend away, or start a women’s circle, so that you can join forces with like-minded people and enjoy each other’s company. The energy is high and you're here to do amazing things together.

This card reminds me of the wonderful connection and friendship that exists between the four female characters in Sex and the City—Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda. They stand by each other through thick and thin, and they are always there for one another as they make their way through various relationships, careers and other life journeys. Nearly every episode, they can be found enjoying each other’s company, often over a cosmopolitan or another fancy cocktail. You get the feeling that these girls will be friends forever and will know that they can always count on each other for support and compassion.

The Three of Cups often indicates a very sociable period – perhaps a birthday, a wedding, the holiday season or a vacation with friends. This is your opportunity to let your hair down and forget about your day-to-day commitments and obligations for a while. Instead, this is all about spending quality time with friends and family and enjoying yourself!

The Three of Cups is your invitation to collaborate with others on a creative project and inspire one another to reach new heights. Collectively, you are working towards a common goal for the greater good of others, and by reaching out to others and banding together, you can achieve a great deal in terms of sharing your positive energy and passion with others, benefiting the wider community. The Three of Cups is also a very creative card, suggesting that you may pursue a creative outlet within a group environment, such as an art class or a dance class. This is a great way to connect with others and to access your creative abilities.

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Reversed Three of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

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While the upright Three of Cups is a card of friendship and social events, the reversal of this card suggests that you would prefer to go it alone right now. You may have recently spent a lot of time with others and now just need some ‘alone time’. Or perhaps you are no longer ‘clicking’ with some of your friends or a particular social group and you’re ready to move on. Or in some cases, you might find yourself on the 'outer', excluded from other people's circles and feeling isolated and alone. Honour your desire to step out of the social scene for a while, and enjoy this time by yourself so you can get clear on who you most want to connect with in the future.

If you are involved in a creative project, now may be the time to work independently rather than in a group. The reversed Three of Cups can indicate that your creativity is being stifled and instead you are being forced to conform to the group in which you are operating. You may be part of a very tight-knit group that does things a certain way and is not open to innovation or alternative approaches. You need to consider whether you are willing to sacrifice your creative abilities in favour of the group’s desires.

If you are experiencing high levels of stress or you’ve been working hard, the reversed Three of Cups appears as a message to take some time off to recuperate and gain the support of friends before returning to reality. You may have been working so hard that you’ve lost your connection with your friends and family. Now is the time to reconnect and reprioritise their love and support. See this card as a reminder to reconnect with your friends, let your hair down and have a good time, without worrying too much about the consequences.

On the other hand, the Three of Cups reversed may indicate overindulgence in the party scene. You may be out most nights partying, doing drugs or drinking heavily. You might be in the ‘work hard, play hard’ mindset, when what you need is greater balance in your life. Be mindful about the longer-term consequences of your actions and ask yourself whether this is indeed a sustainable lifestyle. Take a break from the social scene to regroup and get some much-needed sleep.

When it comes to relationship readings, the reversed Three of Cups can sometimes appear when there is a third person involved. You may be involved with someone who is already in a relationship with someone else, whether you know it or not. Look to the other cards for more detail on the nature of the relationship. If you see the Seven of Swords, there is likely a betrayal of trust and possible cheating. If you see the Five of Swords, it is likely that you already know about the other relationship, but you are trying to ignore that it exists. If you see the Devil, think carefully about the nature of the relationships as they are likely to be hedonistic and generally unhealthy to those involved. It is unlikely that this situation is sustainable as ‘three’s a crowd,’ and something has to give.

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