3 of Cups | Weekly Tarot Card Pt 3: Element and Number

This is the third installment of the Weekly Tarot Card. You can read the first two installments in the following links:

Hopefully in yesterday’s meditation, you spent some time examining what your overflowing cup might look like, and who you invite to take from the overflow in celebration. Today we begin dissecting the 3 of Cups into parts: the suit/element and number—or rather, Water and the number 3.


The element of Water has three associations: emotion, the subconscious, and intuition. Emption is generally what people see from others. We express our emotions, in one way or another. They are our outlets for our inner workings, and while they can be deep seeded, they are generally just on the surface.

What roots the emotion is what’s going on in the subconscious. When there’s something rough and deep we’re working on, it can cause depression, anxiety, irritability, etc. We feel sad, on edge, angry. The latter is our emotions which surface as a result of the former. What causes it is something within the subconscious, the deeper self. Therapy is generally aimed at getting to the root cause of these conditions, to dig out the root and work through it.

This is how emotions and the subconscious are related.

Intuition helps to navigate both of these things. It is the vessel with which the subconscious speaks to the conscious.

What does this have to do with Water?

Water has many levels—the shallow waters of the beach that are crystal clear and is usually added into descriptions of paradise. Likewise, it has deep levels that can have reduced visibility.

However, with the pull of the Moon, the tides change, and this can stir up some of what’s lying beneath the surface.

The Moon generally corresponds to intuition and the element of Water because of its influence on Water. It has an influence on behavior in animals and people (many police stations in cities can attest to this), most likely because we contain so much water in us.


The number 3 is the number of creation. While the number 2 and 1 have many different definitions that are all tied together, 3 is simply creativity/creation. It is the fist number with which a shape can be formed.

When we consider that 1 is a point, and two 1’s (2) create two points between which a line can be drawn, then three 1’s (3) then create a shape. This is the first shape created, and with it, building can commence.

With creation is expansion. 3 is the result of 1 and 2 added together, expanding beyond themselves. When there is one person, and another joins, they have the potential to create something together. That something is neither of them as it is separate of them, yet it is both of them, since it was created of them. Thus, the number 3 is an expansion.

When considering the 3 of Cups, consider how the number 3 actually corresponds to the element of Water. As I mentioned before, there are three aspects associated with Water: emotion, subconscious, and intention. Consider in your own 3 of Cups card, are these three individuals coming together and celebrating an actual gathering of people, or are they the accumulation of the three aspects of Water?

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