3 of Cups | Weekly Tarot Card Pt 5: Divinatory Meaning

This is the fifth and last installment in this Weekly Tarot Card series. The next series will begin on Monday. However, if you’d like to get caught up on the rest of the week, you can use the following links:

Throughout the week we’ve slowly been working towards developing personal understanding and adding to it with the more ‘universal’ symbolism associated with the 3 of Cups. Through regular practices of observing, journaling, meditation and consideration of each card, you’ll enrich your connection with the card, which will enhance your Tarot reading skills.

Each question and client and card combination calls on different understandings of any given card. By regularly exploring and expanding the knowledge of these cards through personal experience, you’ll be able to address these infinite situations in which these cards appear. With this in mind, I hope you’ll take the time to reflect on the exercises this week, and consider how they all come together to create your personal definition of the 3 of Cups before you go on to read mine below.

Defining the 3 of Cups

The suit of Cups is about emotion. The number three is about expanding and building. What happens when your cup is so overflowing that you can expand? You end up sharing it. Consider the times you’ve been invited out to a friends house for dinner, out dancing, to a gathering at the lake, etc., but you weren’t feeling well in yourself, and so you declined. Your cup wasn’t full. When your cup is brimming, you want to share it with people.

The symbolism in the 3 of Cups indicates harvest. The implication of a harvest is that the work has been put in, and now it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. These fruits are internal. They’re to do with your emotional wellbeing. This generally implies joy, even if it’s short lived. This card is calling to celebrate that joy, or at least, do things which encourage celebration of self with those who enjoy celebrating you.

The correlation of Air (Mercury) and Water also indicate a social situation. While Air generally represents communication and thought, it also indicates social or communal situations.

3 of Cups Divinatory Meaning

This is a card for celebration. The harvest has arrived and the fruits of labor can be enjoyed. The three women call for the subject to raise a toast to work well done, and to the joys of life.


Celebration, joy, friendship, community.

Take the time to journal what you think about this card. How does my definition differ from yours? What do you agree with? What do you disagree with? Examine your thoughts related to defining the 3 of Cups. And please feel free to share your thoughts below in the comments.

Next week we’ll begin looking at the 3 of Swords. This card gets a bad wrap, but as we delve further into the Tarot, we’ll see that all ‘bad’ cards are simply just how you look at them.

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