Three of Cups Tarot Card Meanings 2017-03-06T01:33:08+00:00

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Three of Cups Tarot Card
Meanings and Keywords:



Being with your friend.

Having a good time. Appreciating life.

Bursting with joy and energy.


Your friends. Being popular.

Having an entourage.




Social angst.

Symbolism in Three of Cups tarot card

The three maidens are holding their cups up in the air in a joyful manner, symbolising celebration and joy. The blue sky is free from clouds symbolising carefree times. The laurel wreaths on the women’s heads symbolise victory, status, recognition and glory. The flowers, plants and fruits on the ground symbolise abundance and the beauty of life.

Three of Cups tarot card and Astrology

Mercury (Magician) in Cancer (Chariot).

Three of cups tarot card meanings upright

Three of cups in a general reading

Three of cups is the tarot card for celebration, going out with friends, having a good time and being part of a community. This card often shows up when someone is getting engaged or married. This card is also about happiness and abundance. There is enough for everyone. Sometimes this card shows up in a reading when you are starting to really love and appreciate the beauty of life, and the people in your life.

Three of cups in a love reading

In a love reading, Three of cups tarot card speaks of happy times for the couple where they have plenty to celebrate. If the Seeker is single, Three of cups can mean they will meet someone at social occasions.

Three of cups in a career reading

In a career reading, Three of cups tarot card signifies work-related events, and colleagues who also are your friends. Three of cups can also denote fun jobs in hospitality, tourism and event planning. Next to Knight of swords, Three of cups can denote the army.

Learn what Three of cups tarot card means in the Grand Tableau. 

Personality types in Three of Cups tarot card

Three of cups tarot card indicates someone affectionate and fun. They love to party, especially if they can be the host or center of attention. They have a huge group of friends and associates. You never see them on their own, they always have their entourage with them. When they are not laughing, chatting and having a good time, they are probably sleeping. They are often known for their beauty and style, and they turn heads wherever they go. They are very charismatic and positive people and it is easy to fall in love with them. After spending time with a Three of cups person you are bound to feel happy. They live in a stream of abundance and opportunity and they have so much going for them it can be hard to keep up with them. They always land on their feet and make new friends wherever they go.

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Three of cups tarot card meanings reversed

Three of Cups tarot card reversed can indicate celebration gone wrong, bitching, jealousy and unhealthy competition. The seeker might be avoiding social occasions due to these issues and there is a possibility that there is some social angst at play. There might even be over-indulgence in food, liquor or drugs. Sometimes this card shows up reversed when there is infidelity, especially in combination with The High Priestess or two of cups reversed.

Personality types in reversed Three of Cups tarot card

Three of cups reversed indicates someone who can not be trusted. Three of cups tarot card reversed indicates someone who might be having an affair and who easily cheats others; friends, family and partners. If they cannot have something they take it anyway. They feel unloved and unattractive and crave attention even if it is negative and unhealthy attention they get. This is someone who is unable to distinguish between thoughts and feelings. They often come from a troublesome past which clouds their perception about their present circumstances. They often feel depressed after being betrayed or through betraying others. They live in constant fear of rejection and abandonment.

Three Of Cups Tarot Card Combinations

Some important tarot card combinations including Three of cups:

Three of cups + The Fool: Celebrating a new beginning. A University party. 

Three of cups + The Magician: Meeting your soul mate at a party.  

Three of cups + The Empress: Celebrating abundance and fertility. Work in the beauty industry. 

Three of cups + Strength: Being the heart of the group. 

Three of cups + Destiny: A lucky occasion. Winning in competitions. 

Three of cups + The Moon: Nightlife. A secret party. 

Three of cups + The Tower: The Military. 

Three of cups + Ace of pentacles: Business partners. 

Three of cups + Two of pentacles: Bartering in hospitality. 

Three of cups + Three of pentacles: Work party. 

Three of cups + Five of pentacles: A clouded vision for the future. 

Three of cups + Seven of pentacles: Garden party. A market. 

Three of cups + Knight of pentacles: Celebrating a career milestone. 

Three of cups + Two of swords: Being the diplomat in the group. 

Three of cups + Nine of swords: Social angst. 

Three of cups + Knight of swords: A military man. 

Three of cups + King of swords: Restaurant owner. A chef. 

Three of cups + Four of wands: A joyful community group. 

Three of cups + Six of wands: Popularity. 

Three of cups + Ten of wands: Work hard/Play hard. 

Three of cups + Two of cups: A wedding or engagement party. 

Three of cups + Five of cups: Avoiding social occasions. 

Three of cups + Eight of cups: Overindulgence. 

Three of cups + Knight of cups: A proposal. A romantic gesture. 

Three of cups tarot card meanings summary

They say happiness is only real if it is shared. Three of cups tarot card is all about sharing with the people you love the most. It is similar to the Four of wands tarot card in a sense that something is being celebrated. In the Three of cups the anticipation is high, while in the Four of wands the climax has been reached and everyone is settling down into their roles. Friendships and love are in focus when the Three of cups tarot card shows up.


  1. Jenevr January 21, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I got the 2 of cups, the Queen of swords and the 3 of cups. What does that mean in a general reading and in a love reading.

  2. Inger Bråthen January 21, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Hi, These cards speak of happiness in love. This is a very good card combination to get when it comes to a relationship 🙂

  3. Icy March 20, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    I got a seven swords, king of sword and three of cups. what does it mean in love reading

  4. Mary March 22, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Hi Inger,

    I had an interesting reading today. I wanted to see what it would be like if I decided to start looking for a new relationship. I am currently in one and am thinking of leaving. I got the King of Cups. Then I drew a card for how may I meet him and I got 3 of Cups. Then I asked in what way is this positive or negative and the Four of Wands and the Queen of Pentacles fell out. I would like to know what was the nature of the relationship between the King of Cups and the Queen of Pentacles and an overall assessment of the spread. Thank you!

  5. Inger Bråthen March 22, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Hi, King of cups often mean falling in love with a friend.

  6. Amalie April 6, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Hi Inger
    I asked if the special someone I’m dating is my soulmate and share my feelings. I Got eight of wands, the devil and three of cups. The devil card worries me! Is it a good or a bad combination???

  7. Inger Bråthen April 6, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Hi, this card combination denotes he has feelings for you, but he also has some insecurities.

  8. Corinne May 9, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Hello i got this card when doing the Estranged lover spread and this card came out at will we be reunited. I also got for position 1.) seven of swords, 2.) three of cups, 3.) Death , 4.) Five of pentacles, 5.) reversed page of swords 6.) The star, and lastly the three of pentacles. please help, as not really sure what this means and keep getting confused. thanks in advance.

  9. Corinne May 9, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Hello Inger 🙂

    I was wondering if you could help me as had a very interesting reading. My love life is ery complicated at the moment. Split up with my ex about 6 months ago although I keep dreaming about him lately and thinking about him. (He was the one who ended it) I haent spoken to him for over a month or so. (And then that was just to ask for his help on a surprise I wanted to do for a friend) anyway decided to do a reading as on sunday I am meeting another guy who I went on a date with once a couple of months back, he has just come out of a relationship back then. .. anyway I did this reading and asked about my ex and should I wait for him and got these cards in response: Seven of swords, Three of cups, Death, Fie of pentacles, reversed page of swords and the star, and my last card was three of pentacles – am trying to work out what this reading means so I can just move on if needs be and really try with this other guy. Thanks in advance.

  10. Inger Bråthen May 10, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Hi, Corinne. I think you should give the new guy a chance and move on from your ex….three of cups in between 7 of swords and death mean you can’t trust your ex. He could be unfaithful and also be lying to you a lot.

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