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What does the Three of Cups tarot card mean?
When the Three of Cups pops into a reading, get ready to party! This minor arcana card marks a time of celebration everywhere it goes.
If you’re already planning a wedding, reunion, baby shower, or some other type of gathering, you’re probably already nodding your head when you see this card. And the even better news? The Three of Cups calls for a joyous fete, so you can let out a deep breath. Your event will be a hit!
Whether the celebration is one that’s planned in advance, or something that comes together in a more spontaneous manner, you’re to enjoy both the party itself and the people in attendance.
Above all else, this card denotes spending quality time with people you care about.
Three of Cups Tarot Guide
Keywords for the Three of Cups: Celebration, party, gathering, community, indulgence
Yes or No: Yes
Zodiac Sign of the Three of Cups: Cancer
Planet of the Three of Cups: Mercury
Element of the Three of Cups: Water
What does the Three of Cups card mean in a love reading?
In a love reading, the Three of Cups is closely associated with weddings and engagements (and sometimes, baby showers). If you’ve been wondering if it’s time for the next step in your relationship, this minor arcana card points to yes. For those who are already deeply committed, you might look for ways to renew your connection in a celebratory way.
If you’re single, this card often means a familiar face entering your life in a romantic capacity. It might be someone from your past reappearing or a friendship turning into something. Have you had your eye on someone? Been hoping a past relationship that didn’t work out might get another chance? The Three of Cups can suggest such an igniting (or reigniting).
No one on your radar? Here’s the excuse you need to RSVP yes to that party or sign up for events that have a celebratory nature. You could meet someone with romantic potential when you’re letting your hair down and living it up.
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What does the Three of Cups tarot card mean for career, money and finance?
The Three of Cups bodes well for your professional life. This card’s appearance signals that you may soon be gathering to celebrate a win. It could be a promotion, a lucrative contract, a project milestone or a new job. You can expect that it won’t be something you have to mark alone. It’s time to rejoice!
This minor arcana card also signals an overall positive vibe about your workplace and colleagues. You’ll feel like you have support and your contributions are appreciated. Take advantage of this opportunity. See how you can work together to channel your team spirit into a creative and exciting mission.
Financially, the Three of Cups is a happy and generous card. While you should be mindful of budget, this is a time when it may be worth splurging a little—in the name of celebration, of course!
What does the Three of Cups tarot card mean for health?
The Three of Cups is generally a positive card in a health reading. It can, however, come with a specific warning to watch your limits. This minor arcana card is one of celebration and indulgence but it urges you to not go too far into gluttony and excess. Practicing moderation is, after all, a key for long-term health and well-being.
This card’s connection with gatherings can also be a sign of good timing for spiritual explorations you may be doing with others. If you’ve been thinking about attending a yoga retreat, for instance, the Three of Cups may be the confirmation you’ve been waiting for!
Three of Cups Tarot Card in Reverse Meaning
The Three of Cups upright is about coming together with others. It flips its meaning toward doing things alone when it arrives in a reversed position. If you’ve been feeling disconnected from your social circle lately, this card’s reversed appearance probably doesn’t surprise you.
There may be a reason for that feeling of disconnection or loneliness. Have you recently had a falling out with someone? Been separated from your community due to physical distance, illness or some other reason? Let the reversed Three of Cups remind you to focus on connecting with the people who genuinely have your back, even if circumstances require some extra effort.
If you’ve been planning a celebration or gathering of some kind, the Three of Cups in reverse is a discouraging sign for that event. Other cards in the spread can offer more context for specifics. Perhaps you need to scale back your vision to make this event more doable. Someone you hoped would attend may RSVP no. Whatever the case, it’s okay to be disappointed. But don’t let that stop you from creating a worthwhile Plan B!
The reversed Three of Cups can also carry a warning about overindulgence. Enjoy yourself, but be careful about the long-term consequences. If you’ve been working hard to break a habit (addiction, overeating, etc.), don’t tell yourself “just this once.” Plan ahead by mixing up a mocktail or bringing food that is in your eating regimen, for example.
Is the Three of Cups tarot card a yes or no?
The Three of Cups, as a celebratory card, comes through as a resounding yes, so long as it involves coming together with others. It’s a less positive marker for solitary pursuits, especially if you’re insisting on going about things alone instead of accepting support that is readily offered.
What does the Suit of Cups mean?
Cups are associated with water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), which rule emotions and connection. Water signs carry a romantic, artistic, and intuitive energy, and people with those signs love to create and connect.
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