The 3 of cups tarot card is a joyful card, of happiness and friendship. It’s one of the most positive cards in a reading, typically depicting three friends coming together in celebration.
I suggest, while looking at this card description, you have your tarot deck in front of you and decide for yourself if you agree with the feelings on this page or if the card represents something entirely different to you.
*The image at the top of the page does not depict all of the feelings represented by a specific tarot deck! You can find other tarot card meanings here!
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A few words to describe the card:
Happiness, Friendship, Joy, Celebration
3 of Cups
The 3 of cups tarot card is a very happy card. It typically depicts 3 friends coming together to celebrate, holding their cups high up in the air. They seem to be having fun. They are dancing, smiling, and just having fun in general. The scenery in the Rider Tarot deck is fairly full of nature and growth. They are surrounded by plants and are just having a good time. Nothing can bring them down.
This card can be a positive omen in a tarot spread. When this card appears it can represent something positive happening in your life. Or coming together with friends. Because this is a cups card, it is still relative to emotions. Think about how you feel with this joy. What caused it? Spend time with the people around you that bring you happiness and are positive in your life. Celebrate the big and small wins, as that is what keeps us going.
You can also see how this relates to the tarot spread, with what cards it is near – those cards might give you an idea of what is causing this happiness in your life.
This can represent something great that has happened in your life, or something joyous to come in the near future. It’s a feeling of love and adoration, not specifically for one person. It is also a feeling of community, of uniting together to become something bigger than just yourself.
Still confused about the meanings of the cards? A few tools that have been really helpful for me have been: practice, taking the time to look at each card, read books like Tarot: Learn How to Read and Interpret the Cards by Kim Arnold. Or try out tarot spreads! Try doing a simple reading every day. The Labyrinthos app is really helpful too. Or try some that I’ve created by looking here: Tarot Spreads.
Something else about this card is that I tend to relate the cups cards with the crystal Amethyst, which is also connected to the element water.