The Three of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

The Three of Cups is one of the most important cards of the Minor Arcana.

Below you will learn everything about its meaning both in the upright and reversed position.

In addition to the general interpretation, the topics of love, health, career, finances and destiny are also explained in detail.

Three of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

The Three of Cups Keywords

Upright: Friends, Creativity, Community, Celebration
Reversed: Lonelyness, Excessive, Independent, Withdrawal

The Three of Cups Tarot Card Description

The Three of Cups Tarot card shows three women celebrating together with raised cups. They are facing each other and almost intertwined. The women seem to be connected by a deep friendship, which they celebrate in their own way.

They are not standing still but are actively moving and dancing in a circle, symbolizing the vitality and joy of their connection to each other. Each of the three women wears a different robe and their own hair ornaments, expressing their individuality and creativity.

Their difference is not an obstacle to their friendship. On the contrary, the women benefit from their different ways of thinking and living and can thus wonderfully complement each other and unfold their creative potentials.

The young women celebrate life and stretch their chalices towards heaven in great joy and gratitude.

Each of the women has the same chalice, symbolic of their common love and friendship for each other. They share the same drink, experiencing a fulfilling sense of unity.

On the ground grow various flowers, fruits and a pumpkin, which stand for the different facets of a rich friendship.

On the other hand, they show what wonderful fruits can grow over time from a deep affection for each other, in the form of mutual trust, support and joy of life.

Because the more beautiful moments we spend together with other people the richer will be the harvest of our relationship.

Upright Three of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

The Three of Cups Tarot card represents a special time of fellowship. Events such as the birth of a child, a wedding or confirmation make us come together to celebrate and experience friendship with each other.

Such events are very important for us humans, as they let us experience a deep connection with our fellow human beings, giving us a sense of unity with our environment.

At the same time, such events allow us to simply switch off from everyday life and enjoy the pleasures of life with friends and family to the fullest.

As a result, we can once again develop more empathy for our fellow human beings and further develop our social skills.

Another meaning of the Three of Cups is to make more time for our friends again. Go out together again, to the cinema, restaurant or simply in nature and share positive moments.

By talking, laughing and being creative with each other, you will release positive energies that will enrich each of you in everyday life.

In a friendship, we often share common values and attitudes. However, you don’t have to be completely alike in all facets.

Through the diversity of your characters, you can complement each other wonderfully and will always have a lively flow of energy in your friendship.

The Three of Cups indicates a high creative potential, which comes to full fruition in connection with our fellow human beings.

Join music or art classes and be inspired by the different approaches to new skills. Creativity means creating something new and fruitful for us humans to enjoy.

In a community, we can wonderfully live out our creative potentials as we are constantly inspired by the new ideas and imaginations of those around us.

The common energy that arises at such gatherings has a positive effect on each individual member so that each, in turn, can enrich his own environment with his creative experiences.

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Upright Three of Cups Tarot Love Meaning


In a love tarot reading, the Three of Cups represents an upcoming affair between friends. If you are single, you will soon have the opportunity to start a relationship out of an initial friendship.

It has the advantage that you already know your partner quite well. Also, you have already spent many wonderful moments together.

Furthermore, the Three of Cups shows that your circle of friends is very concerned that you can’t find a new partnership and supports you with words and deeds.

Feel free to accept this help and celebrate and enjoy life together with your friends. You can be sure that they will support you as soon as an opportunity to flirt arises.

The Tarot card Three of Cups indicates that now is the right time to search for a partner.

Make a date with friends and go out to celebrate or make joint ventures. Such activities will result in new acquaintances, from which a relationship can develop later.


In a partnership, the Three of Cups stands for the need for more community.

Togetherness as a couple is one of the most beautiful feelings we humans know. However, it is important to maintain contact with your friends outside the relationship.

Often friendships change when a person suddenly spends much more time in a love relationship and is accordingly only little available.

A relationship and your own circle of friends are not mutually exclusive but can contribute in very different ways to making us feel loved and accepted.

So consciously take time to continue to cultivate your friendships. You will notice what positive influences the time with your friends will have on your well-being and your partnership.

The expression of creativity is another aspect of the Three of Cups.

Creativity in partnership means embarking together on a journey for new experiences in love life.

As a couple, you can develop wonderful ideas to enrich your love, benefiting from your deep emotional and spiritual connection.

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Upright Three of Cups Health Meaning

For your health, the Three of Cups means to use your creativity to increase your health. Losing weight, for example, is much easier if you try out new recipes or get inspired by other hobby cooks.

It is also quite easy to integrate more exercise into your daily routine if you turn daily housework into a small fitness program (See Youtube).

The Three of Cups emphasizes the importance of community concerning your health. Doing things together is important for your mental well-being.

In addition, a functioning social network will help you if you ever become seriously ill.
It can relieve you of some of the burdens of everyday life so that you can recover better.

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Upright Three of Cups Tarot Career Meaning

In professional terms, the Three of Cups represents the importance of community at work. Every employee, whether a cleaner or a manager, contributes to the existence of a company.

Accordingly, every colleague should be treated with respect and appreciation, just as you would like others to treat you.

In addition, the Three of Cups Tarot card stands for a reason to celebrate. Perhaps you have just completed difficult training or successfully completed a project with your colleagues.

Celebrating your own and your colleagues’ achievements is important because it strengthens your sense of belonging and is a good form of appreciation.

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Upright Three of Cups Finances/Money Meaning

The Three of Cups encourages you to involve your closest friends in financial matters. Because, unlike bank or insurance advisors, your friends do not get a commission, but are interested in your well-being.

Therefore they can tell you their opinion about a contract or a purchase quite objectively and honestly, which you should consider accordingly strongly in your considerations.

In addition, the Three of Cups represents that you can celebrate financial success.

That can be a long-awaited savings goal or a higher income, which will expand your financial possibilities. Enjoy your deserved success and use it as motivation for further upcoming goals.

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Upright Three of Cups Destiny Meaning

As a destiny card, the Three of Cups stands for the importance of friends and community in life.

Because together, you can overcome even the most difficult challenges in life. Already an old proverb says:” Shared sorrow is half sorrow and shared joy is double joy.”

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Upright Three of Cups Personality

The Three of Cups symbolizes a person who is very sociable and prefers to have many people around him. In the community, he feels most comfortable and can fully live out his potential.

Likewise, the card shows a character who likes to party and enjoy life to the fullest. It is important to him that not only he but also those around him experience fun.

Upright Three of Cups Tarot Past/Future


In the community, you have already been able to gather positive experiences in your past, from which you still draw today.

A friendship from days gone by is still a source of joy for you. Nobody can take your common experiences away from you.


In the future, your creative streak will be in demand at an important event. Think about what you can contribute to it with your friends.

Soon there will be a big party to which you will be invited. Use it to make new acquaintances and strengthen old relationships.

Upright Three of Cups Tarot Card – Yes or No

Your friends have already clearly explained their points of view regarding your question. They only want the best for you and have therefore carefully weighed all the pros and cons. You should listen to them and and take the Three of cups as a sign to decide for a yes on this matter.

Reversed Three of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

Reversed Three of Cups Tarot Card Meaning

The Three of Cups Reversed reveals a phase of loneliness in our lives. If you have a lot of social contacts both professionally and privately with other people, a phase of retreat can be helpful to regain some peace.

After all, positive relationships with our fellow human beings also require a lot of time and energy to remain fruitful. However, loneliness can be just as much of a burden if you are just getting somewhere new and don’t know anyone else yet.

Enjoy your solitude in which you do not yet have to make any social commitments and think about what new circles of friends you would like to open up in the future.

Another aspect of the Three of Cups Reversed is a high need for independence. Whenever we come together in a group, social rules develop consciously and unconsciously that everyone tacitly accepts to be part of the community.

But too many social rules can create the need for independence and more freedom.

As soon as social rules restrict you too much in your development, you should at least question to what extent they are essential for living together.

Listen to your inner voice and become aware that you alone and independently can decide which rules and consequently which social groups you want to join and which not.

The Three of Cups Reversed is also a sign of an excessive lifestyle. Through constant partying and excessive consumption of alcohol and drugs, you increasingly escape reality. Perhaps you are overwhelmed with the challenges of professional and private everyday life.

But this kind of escape carries a high health risk and can soon lead to you losing control of your life. Try to cut back a bit and party in moderation as a kind of balance to your stressful everyday life.

In the same breath, you should try to consciously reduce the daily stress you are exposed to and build in small phases of relaxation throughout the day.

Reversed Three of Cups Tarot Love Meaning


The Three of Cups Reversed indicates a strong need for solitude for you as a single person.

Perhaps you have just come out of a difficult breakup and need time and peace to reflect on the past relationship.

Don’t rush into a new partnership, but enjoy being single for the moment, without any obligations towards a partner.

Only when we are on our own again for a while, we recognize what we hope for from a partnership and can thus better evaluate the character traits of a new partner.

The Three of Cups Reversed can also mean that you are withdrawing too much from the community and thus hardly have the opportunity to get to know a new person.

Such a withdrawal can be very destructive to your love life, as you lose the ability to communicate with others around you.

Go outside and participate in activities with other people where you feel safe, like in a hobby, and expand your social spectrum step by step.

This way you will become more confident in dealing with different people. You will have the opportunity to make new friends.


In a relationship, the Three of Cups Reversed reveals that a third person has a significant influence on your life together.

This person may be a good friend of yours or a relative who has a strong bond with your partner.

Such a third connection can quickly trigger feelings of loneliness when you realize that your partner is emotionally closer to this person than to yourself.

In a tarot reading, try to interpret other cards in this context and find out whether this third person has a positive or negative effect on your relationship life.

Another meaning of the Three of Cups Reversed is the increased desire for independence in a partnership.

Maintaining social relationships outside of the partnership and pursuing our own hobbies and interests independently of our partner are important to develop ourselves well and receive new impulses.

Reversed Three of Cups Health Meaning

The Three of Cups Reversed warns you not to become too isolated. Isolation can harm your mental health, for example, in the form of depression.

Try to maintain at least a few contacts regularly and go among people again. Thus you increase your sense of belonging and your well-being considerably.

On the other hand, the reversed Three of Cups card warns you against an excessive lifestyle. Too much partying or intoxicants will hurt your energy level and thus your health.

It is okay to drink a glass of wine or party with friends as long as you give your body a rest afterward.

Reversed Three of Cups Career Meaning

The Three of Cups Reversed in a tarot reading represents the desire for more independence in one’s career. The thought of becoming self-employed may be taking on more and more concrete forms.

You should not hesitate and make appropriate preparations so that you can finally be your own boss. Sometimes there are opportunities in your current job to work more independently from others by changing your position.

Furthermore, theThree of Cups Reversed signals strong withdrawal tendencies at work. You hardly talk to colleagues and rather do your own thing.

But many processes at work you only manage as a team, so you should try to integrate yourself at least a little bit and get in touch with individual colleagues.

Reversed Three of Cups Finances/Money Meaning

The Three of Cups Reversed warns you not to lead an excessive lifestyle that is far beyond your financial means. It may be nice to indulge in a little luxury now and then.

However, if you spend far more than you take in, you will quickly find yourself in a debt trap. By living a more modest lifestyle, you can afford many more luxuries in the long run than by wasting too much.

Furthermore, the Three of Cups Reversed represents the desire for financial independence. Look around for long-term investments or side jobs that will give you a little extra income over time.

With time and a little effort, you may even be able to live entirely on your extra earnings and be your own boss.

Reversed Three of Cups Destiny Meaning

The Three of Cups Reversed signifies your destiny to crave more independence from others.

Of course, it is almost impossible to want to control everything ourselves, so we are always somewhat dependent on other people. Nevertheless, preserve or even expand your independence in certain areas.

Reversed Three of Cups Personality

In the reversed position, the Three of Cups represents an excessive lifestyle. The person sometimes tends to extreme behaviors that can quickly push him to his limits.

Likewise, it can mean a personality that shuns others and prefers to withdraw. In groups, the person is often very insecure and keeps in the background.

Reversed Three of Cups Tarot Past/Future


Some time ago, you experienced a long phase of loneliness. That made you realize how important and valuable relationships with other people are.

Excessive behavior has led to many problems in your past. Do not repeat these mistakes again.


For your future, you wish to be more independent from other people. You can do something about it now and make independent decisions for tomorrow.

In the future, you should take more time for yourself. Otherwise, you will end up with poor power reserves soon.

Reversed Three of Cups Tarot Card – Yes or No

You feel strongly influenced by other people in forming your opinion on this issue. It would help you to withdraw for a while and make an independent judgment after your rest.

Until then, your answer should therefore be no until you have carefully weighed all aspects for yourself.

The Cups Tarot Card Meanings