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The Three of Cups - Communal Joy in the Tarot

The Three of Cups is a card about finding joy in community.

Hit play below to listen to an audio lesson, or scroll down to read the lesson in text form.

To give you a bit of context whilst you reflect on your own relationship to the card, here’s a few key things to know about the Three of Cups.

There’s nothing subtle about the celebratory attitude of this card. In the Rider Waite Smith tarot, the card depicts three femme figures dancing and raising their cups to the clear blue sky. They’re surrounded by a plentiful harvest, and they wear flowers in their hair. It’s a party card, through and through.

The Thoth tarot offers a similarly joyous vibe: in its version of the card, a flower pours its nectar over three cups until they are overflowing. The keyword on the card reads: Abundance.

It’s easy to work with this card when your energy matches it, and harder to work with it when you’re feeling like there’s nothing at all to celebrate. When you’re feeling the opposite of abundant. When you’re feeling alone.

And yet, in these moments the card is at its most potent, because the minute you draw it, you’re no longer alone. You may not have two other flesh and bone humans to dance and cheers with, but you do have this card, and this card is nothing if not a cheerleader.

So when the card comes up in a reading, take it like this: whether you feel like it or not, you are worth celebrating. You have an abundance of things to offer and anyone would be lucky to share that with you. Then go out and connect to your people - whether that’s reaching out to people you already know and love for an abundance of support, or seeking out new communities that see you for every wonderful thing you are, let this card be a pal and help you connect to the people who get you.

In your tarot journal, you’re asked to reflect on what this card means to you, now, in this moment, and what actions and thoughts it inspires in you. As you journal, pay attention to what you’re personally picking up in the card, but also consider what the key themes in the card might be telling you. What’s worth celebrating in your life right now? How can you cheer yourself on? Who can you invite to the party?

This mini-tarot lesson was brought to you by me, Chelsey Pippin Mizzi, founder of Pip Cards Tarot. I hope you gained a little context to help you continue reflecting on the card in your own way, and I’ll see you tomorrow for another mini-lesson.

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