Three of Cups – Rider-Waite

3 of Cups - Rider-Waite Minor Arcana

Rider-Waite – Three of Cups description


Maidens in a garden-ground with cups uplifted, as if pledging one another.

Three of Cups Keywords

The conclusion of any matter in plenty, perfection and merriment; happy issue, victory, fulfillment, solace, healing.

Additional Meanings: Unexpected advancement for a military man.

3 of Cups Reversed Keywords

Expedition, dispatch, achievement, end. It signifies also the side of excess in physical enjoyment, and the pleasures of the senses.

Additional Meanings: Consolation, cure, end of the business.

Etteilla

Le Trois de Coupe

Success, Science, Fortunate Outcome, Happy Issue, Victory. Healing, Cure, Relief. Fulfillment. Perfection.

Reversed

Expedition, Dispatch, Execution, Achievement, End, Conclusion, Termination, Accomplishment.

Thierens

3 of Cups

TRADITION

Success, happy issue, lucky solution, victory, accomplishment, cure, healing, fulfilment. Matter in plenty, perfection, merriment. Reversed it is said to denote: Expedition of affairs, dispatches, achievements, end, conclusion, etc.

THEORY

The Water on the house of friends, the Eleventh, must bring concord, etc. Friendship, but on this airy house more platonic than that of the foregoing card. It is the house of surroundings so far mastered by the Ego and on this account ‘friendly.’ So the soul-life in surroundings that have been mastered will enjoy desirable and ‘good’ conditions and feel ‘happy.’ There is no feeling whatever of being hampered or thwarted, or depressed. All goes well and the general sensation is cheerful. It is the sign of a good time, good luck and general satisfaction. As the eleventh house also rules the blood, it is very favourable for health and eventual recuperation. Moreover this house has to do with commerce and business, and the card favours them beyond a doubt, giving a good understanding of opportunity and of the character and wishes of those with whom we have to do, so that we can supply what they ask.

CONCLUSION

‘A good time,’ favourable opportunities, commercial and intellectual friendship, success, good issue of everything; good health and eventual recuperation, healing. Being in good relations with people. Light-heartedness, joy, holidays.

Paul Foster-Case

Enjoyment – Three of Cups

In the vesica, the letter H is surmounted by a flame refers to the second letter of IHVH, which letter is attributed by Qabalists to Understanding, or the number 3. Compare with the lamp on the 2 of Wands.

Time period

The second decante of Cancer, July 1st to 10th, ruled by the Scorpio aspect of Mars.

Well-dignified

Activity, determination, practicality; fondness for pleasure and comfort; attachments and attractions to the opposite sex; pleasure, merriment, eating and drinking, plenty of new clothes, etc.

Ill-dignified

Sensuality; danger of the “triangle” situation; trouble through attachments or the opposite sex; prodigality; misunderstandings.

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