Three of Cups Tarot Card Meanings & Combinations
Water, female, passive energy - emotions
Keywords and Phrases:
Celebration, emotional happiness and joy.
Three of Cups Tarot Card Meanings
Everyone loves the Three of Cups and it’s easy to almost feel the sense of enjoyment within this card. Although it’s often a good sign of weddings and celebrations it can sometimes just show reason to rejoice with your own personal happy dance!
This card often appears when someone has reason to celebrate something that makes them feel happy and fulfilled on a personal level. I’ve seen this card following others to represent selling their home, getting a new job, receive a promotion etc., so it doesn’t always necessarily mean formal partying, although internally you may feel that way. The Three of Cups brings reasons to be cheerful and make merry.
Dust off your gladrags and find your dancing shoes, even if only figuratively speaking, it’s time to let down your hair and celebrate with friends and family.
If reversed or ill-dignified: cancelled or postponed event, emotional emptiness, feeling alienated or left out in the cold.
Similar or supporting cards: The Sun (happiness) Wheel of Fortune (good fortune)
Opposing or contradictory cards: Five of Cups (sadness, let down) Five of Wands (everyone at odds) Four of Cups (apathy) Nine of Swords (worry)
Three of Cups Tarot Card Combinations:
Mainly, look for the Three of Cups following other cards to see the reason for what is being celebrated, such as: job, money, house, award, etc. Particularly found surrounded and with other cards representing weddings – in the run-up to my daughter’s wedding all of those cards regularly appeared in her readings together, so they tend to leave little doubt when marriage is on the cards!
> Hierophant > Three of Cups: marriage and wedding celebrations (also strengthened with Lovers, Ten of Cups, Four of Wands, etc).
> The Devil: Too much Christmas spirit? You could overdo it with this one ;) A pretty wild night out, but you may regret it later.
Ten of Pentacles > Three of Cups: Gathering of the clan, family get together.
Wheel of Fortune > Three of Cups: a lucky break, you could be celebrating good fortune with this one, (if preceded by Ace of Pentacles may be through a lottery ticket, or similar).
> Five of Swords: sour grapes, jealousy from others.
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