Three of Cups – Tarot Love Relationship Outcome & Reversed


Three of Cups - Tarot Love Relationship Outcome & Reversed

Three of Cups – Love and Relationship Outcome

The Three of Cups in a Tarot reading indicates a time for enjoyment, celebration and emotional fulfillment healing all the wounds that past relationships may have caused you, this could mean a romantic holiday.

In the reversed position it could mean an excess of sex and sensual pleasure on a dirty weekend!

Three of Cups – As a Person, Outcome and Feelings

‘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. A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Three of Cups

Pictorial Key to the Tarot – Rider-Waite-Smith
By A.E. Waite (1911), tarot card illustrations by Pamela Colman Smith (1911)


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

Meanings Three of Cups in a Reading

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

Three of Cups – Reversed

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

Additional Divinatory Meanings
Unexpected advancement for a military man.

Additional Meanings – Reversed
Consolation, cure, end of the business.

The Tarot

By S. L. MacGregor Mathers, c 1888

Three of Cups

Divinatory Meanings
Three of Cups – Success, Triumph, Victory, Favourable issue.

Divinatory Meanings – Reversed
Expedition of business, Quickness, Celerity, Vigilance.

General Book of the Tarot

By A. E. Thierens, [1930]

Three 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.

The Oracle of the Tarot – Exoteric Tarot

By Paul Foster Case (1933)

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.

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.


Further reading

More information on the Three of Cups Tarot card.