Three of Cups Tarot Card Meanings

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Three of Cups (Reversed)

Ideas: Event cancelation, social anxiety, social distancing

Traits: Aloof, asocial, cautious, independent, individualistic, private, reserved, self-sufficient, shy

Emotions: Annoyance, anxiety, disappointment, frustration, irritation, loneliness, nervousness, uneasiness

  • Actions:
    • Avoiding crowded places
    • Canceling gathering event
    • Coping with social anxiety
    • Distancing yourself from a group
    • Leaving a party early
    • Searching a social group where you truly belong
Three of Cups (Upright, Balanced)

Ideas: Celebration, community, expression

Traits: Agreeable, companionly, friendly, fun-loving, generous, high-spirited, relaxed, sensual, sociable, tasteful

Emotions: Caring, compassion, contentment, enjoyment, jolliness, joy, pleasure, satisfaction

  • Actions:
    • Celebrating your feelings or connections with others
    • Embracing unconventional romantic arrangements
    • Expressing joy through song, dance, or physical affection
    • Hanging out with your circle of friends
    • Sharing and enjoying your harvest with others
    • Working together with others who share your feelings
Three of Cups (Upright, Excessive)

Ideas: Manic emotions, social obligation, unhealthy partying

Traits: Confused, demanding, greedy, impractical, indulgent, irrational, unrealistic

Emotions: Desire, infatuation, hysteria, lust, neglect

  • Actions:
    • Being dominated by manic emotions
    • Demanding unreasonable support from friends or family
    • Expecting everyone to always feel the same way you do
    • Feeling obliged to entertain others
    • Mistaking giddiness for true affection
    • Partying to a dangerous or unhealthy extent

Three of Cups’ Advice

Personal Growth

To have more friends, be one. Look for opportunities to serve others or aid them in their pursuits. Shared success is sweeter, and you’ll find your own success is multiplied when you’re helping others achieve their goals, too.


Be open to unconventional relationships that defy your dearly-held expectations. Saying what you feel may not be enough; sometimes, actions speak louder than words. Think beyond sex. What service can you render as a way of showing your love?


For insight into what you really love to do, monitor how you spend your time. We make time for what delights us. If your schedule is dominated by things you don’t love doing, it’s time to realign your priorities. Ask others how they manage their time.


Especially when walking a solitary path, it’s easy to neglect the rituals that are an integral part of living with Spirit. Become a part of a like-minded group. Celebrate the season. Seek outward, shared expressions of your inner faith.

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