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Three of Cups Tarot Minor Arcana

Welcome back to Tarot Notes at Symbolic Living.

We are pleased to rekindle your relationship with the symbolism of the Tarot each week. This week we’re continuing to share the three’s with the Three of Cups.

You may wish to review the Ace of Cups and the Two of Cups before proceeding.

Three of Cups

Astrological Association: Mercury in Cancer

This card signifies an overflowing of emotion (cups). Although the card does not show spilling of the cups as one would suspect in overflowing, there is a firm foundation that holds these cups.

The will yellow, the security and foundation is dominant (red) white surrounds both. The woman in red has her hand on the white, signifying receiving what is pure. the right hand liften to the yellow shows the power of security driven by the will, she in yellow reciproates with the right hand lifting her cup. The woman in white lifts her cup with her left hand, signifying she is receiving the good that comes from security and will. The woman in red has yellow shoes further signifying the close connection of security and will through action. They all appear to be dancing.

The cups create a triangle, a unity. Cups symbolizing emotion, overflow with joy.

In some decks rain is present. Rain is a sign of abundance, fertility, life force granted to the dry earth. Consider in times of drought how ecstatic people are when the rains finally arrive. This signifies gratitude for what is.

Here we see friendship, camaraderie, a shared purpose in an abundant garden. It could be prosperity, but also shows us the rewards and riches felt within, and may not be dependent on externals.

Alchemical colors – white (purification), red (refinement), yellow/gold (perfection).

This card may denote a celebration but also shows us the presence of a healing atmosphere, enjoyed sharing, positive communications.

As mentioned in the security, foundation and will brought together. The common effort and purpose brought together.

Happiness shared is never wasted.


Some personal considerations:

What kinds of vegetables or fruit can you make out in the image? What do they symbolize to you personally? What memories of times in your life that felt abundant.

  • What do you have to be grateful for?
  • Who in your life do you enjoy and celebrate with?
  • Do you have a relationship that allows your views to be communicated?
  • Do you have a grip on your emotions?
  • Do you have a positive attitude that gives you a celebratory feeling within?

We hope you enjoy learning about Tarot at Symbolic Living with an easy to understand approach for beginners. We also hope you can find personal relations to the card symbolism and think about the imagery in new and expansive ways.

Some weeks we may talk about the cards, history and more. As we go along things will change and develop, we’ll keep it interesting for you.

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