Happy March! We’re going to start out the month with something light and fun and uplifting, a relatively simple card, the Three of Cups.
Remember, Cups are the water suit: emotions! creativity! feelings! friendship! All these things are contained within the Cups, and nowhere more joyfully than in the Three.
I have talked a lot about friendship on this site already, and I will continue to do so, because I think it is truly the most important thing that exists in this world. Love is so often associated only with romance, but there is a purity and a deep unwavering perfection in the love that exists between friends, between true and good friends, that cannot be matched by anything else. Friendship is maybe the best gift we have been given. It is something terrifying, to share your heart and mind and soul and body with another person, something ancient and strange and powerful, and it’s easy to see why close friendships are so often coded as something other, something threatening, something more. It is easier to understand romantic love than it is to understand friendship because friendship defies things that romantic love cannot withstand. Friendship is weird and eternal and deeply personal, and it is so beautiful, and it is so necessary.
Wherever you go, just always remember
That you got a home, for now and forever
And when you get low, just call me whenever
This is my oath to you
–“Oath”, Cher Lloyd
The Three of Cups is the friendship card, the community card. When you see the Three of Cups, reflect on the relationships you have with others, these small, perfect connections. Revel in them. The Three of Cups is telling you that whatever you are looking for in your life, at this moment, can be found within your community, with your friends. They are there to support you, to give you what you need, and it is easy to forget that in times of trouble, but this is your reminder. The Three of Cups also means that you are entering a period of sociability, that you will be spending even more time in the company of those you love. If you have long-distance friends, this is a push to schedule that trip, to make that call. And as for your friends nearby, it’s probably time to hang out, if they’re not already sitting on your bed as you read this.
‘Cause everyday there’s a war to fight
And if I win or lose, never mind
As long as you’re my shelter every night
I used to cry against the wall
But now I’ve got a shoulder that I can lean on
Swear to me you won’t be gone
I’m ready for the good times
–“Ready for the Good Times“, Shakira
The Three of Cups is, as my friend Keelin describes it, “the party card”. It is a card of celebration, of joy over your accomplishments, an outpouring of love and success. When you see the Three of Cups, know that whatever period of turmoil or trouble you may have been facing is over, and with its end the good times are coming. This difficulty is often related to interpersonal interactions; the Three of Cups is the card of harmonious community, which means that any strife you may have been having will be resolved through compromise and cooperation. It is a signal to share the positive energy that you have, both closely with your friends and more widely with those who enter your life for a variety of reasons. It is a card of common goals, of unity and of working together, and of celebrating the success that comes from such good work. The Three of Cups means that the good times are coming, that you have earned them, and that you should feel nothing but good about kicking back and reveling in them.
So I told myself if I’m given the chance
I won’t hold back anymore
I’m not gonna keep it all in
Not gonna keep it all in
–“When the Nights Get Long“, Jukebox the Ghost
The Three of Cups is a card of outpouring in many senses, but one of the more important ones is that of creativity. The Three of Cups is a sign that any blockage you may have been experiencing in artistic endeavors, whatever they may be, is coming to an end. Embrace this, and use it as a motivator to pick up any projects you have put aside waiting for inspiration: the Three of Cups is telling you that your muse is returning. If you’ve never had a muse; if you’ve never thought yourself an artist – the time is now! The Three of Cups is a signal that there is creative potential locked inside you. Let it out.
The very obvious but still very real darkness of the Three of Cups is simply its reversal. If the Three of Cups appears to you reversed it is a sign that your relationships need mending, that your creativity is blocked, that you are spending too much time enjoying yourself and not enough time working for what will bring you actual joy.
There is not a lot of hidden meaning here, which is nice; the Three of Cups is a very straightforward card in all senses. It is a bright and beautiful thing, to be reminded of what is good in your life, to be told to simply stop and take it in, to appreciate what you have worked for. There is nothing wrong with recognizing your accomplishments; sometimes you need to be reminded of that. Sometimes you need to be reminded that there are people in your life who love you, who miss you, who want to hang out and have a drink, who want to revel in the glory of the love you have for each other. These are all beautiful things; this is a beautiful card. Yours is a beautiful life. Enjoy it.