Three of Cups
ULTIMA THULE: DEDICATION TO G. W. G.
With favoring winds, o'er sunlit seas,
How far, since then, the ocean streams
Whither, ah, whither? Are not these
Ultima Thule! Utmost Isle!
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW (1807-1882)
ALTERNATE NAMES: Harmony, Abundance
RW DESCRIPTION: Three maidens dance and toast.
FIRST THING THAT STRUCK ME: The white, red and gold dresses. Seems alchemical.
UPRIGHT MEANINGS: The conclusion of any matter in plenty, perfection and merriment; happy issue, victory, fulfilment, solace, healing. (Waite) Abundance, pleasure, bliss, comfort, solace, healing, restoration by integrating the past into the present. Joyous exuberance, high spirits, dancing and singing, rejoicing, celebration, ceremonies and events of happiness and prosperity. Pleasant social gatherings, extending or receiving hospitality, sharing, friendship, camaraderie, finding companions, connecting, bonding, feeling loved and secure. Harmony, reunion, reconciliation, issues of trust and honor. Community, neighborhood, support group, team spirit, united effort, mergers. Commitment, promises, vows. The arts, especially the performing arts.
REVERSED MEANINGS: Expedition, dispatch, achievement, end. It signifies also the side of excess in physical enjoyment, and the pleasures of the senses. (Waite) Excessive pleasures, overabundance, overindulgence, inebriation, wanton behavior, promiscuity, wild abandon, unbridled passion, lack of self-control. Guilt, aftermath. Difficulties between friends, unproductive relationships, taking advantage of people, independence.
BIBLICAL: Psalm 133
MYTHOLOGICAL: Hesperides: mythical garden of trees of golden apples, located in the utmost west of the world.
PLANTS: grapes, apples
MUSIC: "For he's a jolly good fellow"
FILM: First Wives' Club; Witches of Eastwick
PUBLIC PEOPLE OR EVENTS: Lilith Fair?
SITUATIONS IN MY LIFE: Meeting the Secret Chiefs in Italy.
THIS CARD/PERSON IN MY LIFE: "Tarot Night" when I, my best friend, and her sister drink and exchange Tarot readings.
PERSONAL THOUGHTS: I just love this card! I associate it with some wonderful times.
IN OTHER DECKS:
- ANCESTRAL PATH Three of Cups
- Description: Arthur looks worried, and Gwen and Lance look at him with concern.
- This card has less of a party feel than RW, but perhaps better demonstrates the bond of friendship that endures through good and bad. The word that comes to mind is "confidante." People to whom you could say, "I fathered a son by my sister." We all need friends and lovers in which we can confide our deepest secrets and innermost concerns. And we need to be there for others, to LISTEN. It's one of the best, easiest, and most important things we can do for people. Logical Swords try to solve problems, but empathetic Cups know that for now, it's not about the problem, but the *concern* about the problem. And it's not about the harvest, it's the *joy* of the harvest. The Three of Cups is a bond not unlike the Two of Cups, but whereas the Two only have eyes for each other, Three's a crowd. And so they are friends, who celebrate or commiserate in common.