Three of Cups shows the initial fruits of any emotional process in the form of socializing, trust and a celebration of friendship. It also denotes the importance of that fruits; as one does not carry all the burden on his shoulders if he can lend a shoulder to his friends.
Three of Cups show three young ladies in a garden, all of them raising their cups to each other. The lady in the middle wears a red dress; whereas the others are dressed in white and orange respectively. Each of the ladies has a laurel wreath over their heads.
The illustration in this card depict a happy issue; and quite differently from the first two cards of the Suit of Cups, that issue seems to be joyful social contact. Laurel wreaths over the heads of the ladies do not only symbolize the triumphs they have achieved but also implied that they are purified. The garden they are in symbolizes the peace, relaxation, and safety as well as the opportunity to grow. The colors of the dresses stand for naivety, innocence, passion for life and enthusiasm.The symbolism of this card seems to be focusing on harmonious relationships; which are built upon mutual trust and benevolence, but not on altruism.
Three of Cups is a card of friendship and joyful social interaction. As such, it emphasizes the importance of a circle of close friends, where all the members can count on each other. A person represented by this card would be sociable, joyous and compassionate and she would employ a sensitive yet optimist approach. In a relationship context, this card reminds to focus on joy and “partnership-in-crime” to cement the bonds and abandoning the routine. Career-wise, this card signifies a friendly atmosphere in the workplace. It might also suggest the importance of social networks for finding a job, and if the workload is too busy, balancing it with the necessary amount of fun might be needed.
True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.-Baltasar Gracian
All in all, this is a card that celebrates the importance of social contact and its necessity to sustain and enjoy one’s life.