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, fulfilment, solace, healing. Reversed: Expedition, dispatch, achievement, end. It signifies also the side of excess in physical enjoyment, and the pleasures of the senses.--A.E. Waite

On this card, we see three women dancing together in a circle. Their arms reach out to each other as if to connect their feelings (cups). . . . In readings, the 3 of Cups suggests being with others in a non-task-oriented way. One aspect of this is friendship.

The women on the 3 of Cups also communicate a feeling of joyous exuberance and high spirits. Such feelings are not limited to groups, of course, but can be especially strong there. Celebrations spontaneously arise when people feel connected, loved and secure.--Joan Bunning

There is here the fulfilment of the Will of Love in abounding joy. It is the spiritual basis of fertility. --Aleister Crowley

Because of the Grail at the base of the suit, the Three of Cups indicates joy, celebration, and above all sharing the wonder of life.--Rachel Pollack

They appear as the Three Graces who celebrate harmony, peace and abundance. Rejoice!--Susan Hansson

The three of cups indicates the ability to share gifts of grace and talent. A special dance, theater, or music performance may be in the offing.--Jean Huets




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