What does the three of cups tarot card mean?

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The three of cups is part of the Minor Arcana deck of tarot cards and is part of the Cups suit.

Keywords: Celebrations, happiness, reunions, pregnancy


The Three of Cups focuses on celebrations and community. It symbolises happy and harmonious relationships, whether that’s romantic, familial or friendship. This card is a sign to spend some quality time with your loved ones. There is a strong tie to pregnancy with this card, indicating that you or somebody close to you can expect some big news soon. More commonly, this card indicates that a period of trouble or stress is over, and now it’s time to let your hair down and relax, enjoying the company of those you love the most.

Reverse Keywords: An affair, love triangle, promiscuity, infidelity

Reversed Meaning

Reversed, the Three of Cups suggests that there is a third party involved in a relationship. This could be you, wrapped up in a love triangle. Or, it could suggest that you are dealing with an unfaithful partner. If you draw this card in reverse, it’s important to look at the other cards in the deck to make sure the meaning is certain. These cards together will reveal the details of this relationship and how it will most likely play out. Another meaning of the Three of Cups is overindulgence when it comes to things like parties and drinking. It may be time to take a step back from the social scene and have a few quiet nights in.

Other Minor Arcana Cards (in the Cups suit)