Three of Cups Tarot Card Meanings 2018-01-15T15:43:34+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.

Three of cups as feeling

Three of cups speaks of joy and well-being. This is love that wants to be celebrated, either through social activities or more traditional events. Three of cups as how someone feels about you speaks of the person feeling excited and uplifted by your presence. Three of cups speaks of adoration.

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 of 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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 of cups + The Tower: The Military. 

3 of cups + Ace of pentacles: Business partners. 

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

3 of cups + Three of pentacles: Work party. 

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

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

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

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

3 of cups + Nine of swords: Social angst. 

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

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

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

3 of cups + Six of wands: Popularity. 

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

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

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

3 of cups + Eight of cups: Overindulgence. 

3 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.

  11. Julie June 13, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Can you tell me how to interpret this reading about whether a friend and I will become anything. All the cards were REVERSED: 6 wands – King cups – Queen cups – moon – 3 cups

  12. Inger Bråthen June 14, 2017 at 10:18 am

    If all the cards were reversed it often means a no, and there is someone else out there for you.

  13. Cristina June 20, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Inger,

    I have got these results for a love reading in past present and future:

    Past: 7 of pentacles – clarifier: hierophant
    Present: two of swords – clarifier: queen of pentacles
    Future: three of cups – clarifier: ace of cups

    Im not sure about the relationship on any of these cards. Hoping you can help me.

  14. Cristina June 20, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Inger,

    I have just posted a comment, and wanted to also say, that the three of cups keeps on appearing in all the readings together with the king of swords, the 4 of wands and the queen of pentacles.

    Thanks for your help. 🙂

  15. Inger Bråthen June 20, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Hi. It looks like the best is yet to come in this relationship 🙂

  16. Inger Bråthen June 20, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Hi, I think the cards are telling you there is a lot of potential in this relationship and the best is yet to come.

  17. Cristina June 21, 2017 at 2:38 am

    Hi Inger,

    I am quite new reading spreads and, I would like to know more about the result of the three different positions, but most of all what meand the three of cups and the ace of cups means. I have read mixing comments about these cards. Some people had positive experiences but some negative ones, so I am not sure if this means something good or bad. I am in delicate situation with someone. We had a friendship for 5 years with attraction included. He had a partner but I could feels he was attracted to me, and at the same time he was sending some confusing signals. Before I moved country we kissed, and he told he did not want to be my dear friend, and then he kissed me but the next day, we would not see each other again, he told me he wanted to be only my friend. I have decided to writte a letter to him, saying that I love him since the first time I saw him, cause is true, since the first time that we meet i thought he was for me, and that I am in loce with him. But to be honest I do not know how this is gonna end cause he was quite upset with me. I am stuck and quite agitated. I hope this explanation gives more light into the matter, and hope you can help me.



  18. Inger Bråthen June 21, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Hi. I feel you are connecting with yourself and you are learning to love yourself. I also feel if you were to see him again, you would realize how much you have grown and how much more confident you are now. I feel you are a lot stronger than you think. I also feel you have spiritual and psychic gifts that you should develop further and this will bring you even more confidence. Ace of cups especially speaks of having great spiritual gifts. I also feel like someone will come and sweep you off your feet when you least expect it.

  19. Bella June 24, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Hi, I asked about the outcome of my relationship with someone over the next 12 months.. this being someone who I am friends with but have feelings for.
    I pulled four cards, knight of swords, queen of swords, six of swords, 3 of cups and the bottom card was temperance.
    How would you interpret this? Does this mean that the relationship will end? Or stay just a friendship?
    Thank you so much.

  20. Inger Bråthen June 25, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Hi, I feel it will stay friendship.

  21. Rose June 28, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Can you interpret:
    Three of wands- past
    Three of cups- present
    Seven of swords – future.
    In love reading.
    Thank you!

  22. Julie L. June 29, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Hi Inger,
    Thank you very much for creating tarotwikipedia. It is the best tarot site out there and I found it is very useful to use, especially for beginner like me. Today, I need your help with a 3-card tarot reading. We were doing well as friends but I felt very unsecured at a point because he is hot and cold at times. I have kept my distance from him for over a month now and we don’t talk anymore. I still have strong feelings towards him but I’m unsure about his. So, I ask the cards how my love interest feels towards me. I got Devil, 4 of wands, and 3 of cups. Please advice me on how to interpret this? Thank you very much.

  23. Inger Bråthen June 29, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Hi. I feel you must focus more on your communication in this relationship, as 7 of swords can indicate some misunderstanding between you.

  24. Inger Bråthen June 29, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Hi. I feel you must focus more on your communication in this relationship, as 7 of swords can indicate some misunderstandings between you.

  25. Inger Bråthen July 1, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Thank you very much, Julie 🙂 I laid out some additional cards for you, and they showed me your love interest is very shy when it comes to you and I feel he is very self-conscious. I do feel you will have a breakthrough in your communication though. 🙂

  26. Julie L July 8, 2017 at 12:43 am

    Thank you very much Inger. You event went extra miles to help me with my reading. I appreciate your kindness. All the best for you, Inger 🙂

  27. Inger Bråthen July 10, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Thank you so much! You are very welcome Julie 😀

  28. Missy July 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Inger!i asked what will future bring us and I asked for 3 cards to jump.i got 6 of pentacles,6 of wands and 3 of cups.can you tell me what does it mean?thank you

  29. Missy July 24, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    For me and the guy a like😊

  30. Inger Bråthen July 25, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Hi, Missy. When you get two 6s in a reading, it is often about gaining more control in your life. I feel you are on the right track the way you are moving forward, but you are also easily distracted and I feel this person can become a distraction for you. You can have a lot of fun with this person, but just remember to not lose track of the bigger picture, because I feel you are in a growth spurt in your life now, and it might be overwhelming, however, the growth you will be able to achieve is actually quite astonishing.

  31. Missy July 25, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Thank you very much for you time and effort for commenting back.And wooow it’s 100% thrue and got a conformation that I needed from you.You are amazing.thank you again

  32. Inger Bråthen July 25, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    You are very welcome, Missy 😀

  33. Nikki July 27, 2017 at 5:02 am

    Hi inger,

    I’ve had the three of cups reversed come up as the second card in a true love spread meant to signify his feelings/attitudes about the relationship. I felt so confident that we are in a trustworthy relationship I’m wondering if this could mean infidelity on his part or is it that he feels that I am cheating or jealous? There has certainly been a lot of partying and overindulgence lately but I felt these were all fun experiences.

  34. Inger Bråthen July 30, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Hi. Three of cups can mean there are infidelities, but it does not exclusively mean that. It can also mean the environment is toxic in some ways and it is important to focus on what is really important.

  35. Taylor August 10, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Inger! First of all I would like to commend you for all the good work you do on this site. I am trying to learn tarot and this page has proven to be a great source of information. I can tell that you love what you do here and I think that’s great. Keep up the good work!

    I did the Estranged lovers spread today regarding this guy that’s my classmates at university, I feel like there’s a connection between us, but he keeps sending me mixed signals and I’m confused. I would love to hear your opinion on this. These are the card that I got:
    1. Three of Cups
    2. The World
    3. Two of Wands
    4. The Chariot
    5. Page of Pentacles
    6. Two of Cups
    7. The Sun

    Thank you for your help.

  36. Inger Bråthen August 12, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Hi. I feel that once you have made a mental connection and you can talk and get to know each other properly, this can develop into a romantic relationship.

  37. Terri August 18, 2017 at 5:37 am

    I got a tarot reading for me on whether to stay or go in a situation I wanted to develop into a committed relationship. I got the following response..celtic cross , you appear to me in the middle as the queen of pentacles, above is moving to a better place with 6 of swords, below is 8 of swords right, left shows me 3 of cups happiness… what does this mean. I have no clue….

  38. Inger Bråthen August 19, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Just with the cards you got, I feel you could develop this into a more committed relationship.

  39. Jo August 28, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Hi there….

    I got the 5 of pentacles, the king of swords, the emperor and the 3 of cups combination… any ideas?

  40. Inger Bråthen August 28, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Hi. Is this a relationship question? King of swords can mean the person you are asking about is unwilling to share too much on an emotional level at this stage, and this can also be seen in the Emperor. This person could be feeling out in the cold relationship wise.

  41. Ange September 6, 2017 at 4:27 am

    How bout reversed 3 of cups, followed by reversed queen of swords and ending with up right page of cups

  42. Inger Bråthen September 7, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Hi. Reversed 3 of cups next to a court card can mean someone is being very unfair and they could be really hurting you. Upright Page of cups means you will have a renewal and a new beginning soon, and you will move away from a toxic situation.

  43. Lynzy September 27, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Hi Inger , could you help please , i drew the 9 wands 3 cups and the magician in a love spread

  44. Courtney October 20, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Hi, can you let me know if i am interpreting this correctly… I asked “what do i need to know about my present heartbreak”
    Queen of Cups
    clarified by Reversed 3 of cups & Reversed Knight of Cups

    My court cards always seem to represent people in the situation, and accurate based on sex as well.

    I believe that is means…
    Emotional Maturity. You know what you want and be patient in processing my emotions
    Do not trust this man, as he has deep intimacy issues and does not know what he wants. Unsure and fickle

  45. Inger Bråthen October 23, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I wouldn’t trust him because 3 of cups reversed can mean someone is not being faithful. Knight of cups reversed also indicates someone who is always acting and it will be very difficult to try and have a normal relationship with this person. Queen of cups shows up when the Seeker is blaming themselves too much and are taking on all the responsibility. But you cannot change this man. No one can.

  46. sarika Fauzi June 17, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Hi Inger, you give awesome prediction and interpretation and it is helping me to understand people more. Keep up the good work! I have a question today. what does 10 of pentacles clarified by 3 of cups mean? a celebration within family unit? How do you interpret it feeling wise? feelings for someone. Could it mean, the person feels secured and joyful when the other person is around? Does it also mean marriage?

  47. Ingie from TW June 17, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Hi, this card combination often speaks of a happy family unit that has a lot to celebrate. It can be a new relationship introduced to the family that gives reason to celebrate.

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