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.
Le Trois de Coupe
Success, Science, Fortunate Outcome, Happy Issue, Victory. Healing, Cure, Relief. Fulfillment. Perfection.
Expedition, Dispatch, Execution, Achievement, End, Conclusion, Termination, Accomplishment.
3 of Cups
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
The second decante of Cancer, July 1st to 10th, ruled by the Scorpio aspect of Mars.
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.
Sensuality; danger of the “triangle” situation; trouble through attachments or the opposite sex; prodigality; misunderstandings.