38-Three of Cups – Upright Rider Waite Deck

Your Chosen Card – Three of Cups Upright Rider Waite Deck

When upright, the Three of Cups depicts three friendly individuals in a happy celebration, perhaps of a good harvest. It is a time of happiness, success, favorable issue, and abundance. Why are the maidens rejoicing? Perhaps they have received good news about a project, a promotion, recovering from illness, an engagement, a wedding, or the birth of a child. Their creative juices are flowing. The harvest has been abundant and they know how to have a good time.

Keywords Upright: Happy times, joyous celebration, a fortunate outcome, friendship, sensual pleasures, merriment, partying, exuberance, healing, creativity, favorable issue, fulfillment, a good harvest, showing gratitude for abundance, enjoying material goods.

Timing: 10 Cancer–20 Cancer. Tropical, 2 July–11 July. Sidereal, 27 July–5 August.
Astrology: Quick and clever Mercury in the second decan of watery Cancer also the realm of the Queen of Cups (Water of Water) and the Chariot (Cancer). Mercury is linked to the Magician.
Number Symbolism: 3 – fertility, creativity, a triadic relationship, the first fruits of a joint venture.

Rider Waite: Maidens in a garden-ground with cups uplifted, as if pledging one another. Divinatory Meanings: The conclusion of any matter in plenty, perfection, and merriment; happy issue, victory, fulfillment, solace, healing; (R) expedition, dispatch, achievement, end; excess in physical enjoyment, and the pleasures of the senses.

When Three of Cups is upright you can pretty much take it that life is going well but that’s when life takes us by surprise.  If Three of Cups is unclear it may help to choose a card from the Major Arcana to provide more insight into what it is Three of Cups is trying to tell you.  If you had a particular issue in  mind, or want to seek clarification on something else, you can also choose again to get more guidance.

This chosen card is part of your upright card reading for Three of Cups using cards from the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. You will find many more tarot pages that will be of great help if you need tarot card meanings. Use the search at the bottom of the page. We have some amazing tarot books for you to browse. Please see below.

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Complete Book of Tarot
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Complete Book of Tarot: As the central theme, the Chariot represented his journey to China to find work in his profession. As he and I discussed the variations on this theme, it became clear that the Page of Swords was linked to a recent conversation he had with his family, in which they told him that they wished that he would move back to Spain to live closer to them, get married, and start a family (themes linked to the Hierophant). To his family, the decision to live and work in China seemed a very unusual way to pursue a career (symbolized by the Hanged Man). His hope was that eventually all would be happy with his decision and celebrate his success (Three of Cups).

Tarot Books

Creative Tarot: The Rider-Waite-Smith differed from most decks in one important aspect: for the first time since the Sola Busca, all of the cards, including the Minor Arcana, were fully illustrated with human figures and other symbolic imagery. This is the full separation mark of the tarot from a deck of playing cards to a deck of divination cards. And this is where much of the meaning of the Minor Arcana cards became consolidated. Most of that is due to Smith’s artwork. Waite wrote a few guides to the tarot, manuals on how to interpret each card, but Smith’s imagery is what people remember, not Waite’s definitions. Waite believed it was his writings and scholarship that would newly define the tarot, but it turns out that sometimes the brush is even more powerful than the pen.

Complete Book of Tarot: You must get certified by an ‘official’ tarot organization to become a legitimate reader (as far as I know, the tarot community has not yet elected a Pope or Papess).

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Tarot Triumphs: Although the jongleurs peaked in the thirteenth century and were in decline by the fifteenth century, the period from which we have the first Tarot examples, they were by no means extinct. I have no direct evidence to show that the jongleurs had an early version of Tarot in their possession, but some of the Tarot Triumphs seem to be closely linked to their type of showman activities. At the very least, their work could have provided strong images for some of the early Trumps, as witnessed by the early creators of Tarot at jongleur performances. Or they could have been retained in folk memory as stock images even if the actual performances were not so prevalent anymore, just as we still have strong and rather romantic images of the highwayman, pirate, wandering minstrel, and May Queen in our heritage, even if they no longer exist in real life in that form.