Element: Water

Sign: 2. decan of Cancer

Planet: Mercury

Tree of Life: Binah

Light: plenty, pleasure, hospitality, sensuality, joy, fortune

Shadow: waste, extravagance but negatively, too much enjoyment

Lord of Abundance

The Three of Cups, also known as the Lord of Abundance, represents the element of water in its most fertile and fruitful form. It signifies the completion of the initial stage of something and the joyous celebration that comes with it.


The card represents the successful conclusion of a phase, which is a cause for celebration. It is a card of plenty and indicates a time of prosperity.

Joe’s Divine Guidance : Three of Cups in a Tarot Reading



When the Three of Cups appears upright in a reading, it signifies a time of happiness and fulfillment. It suggests a time of celebration, perhaps due to some form of completion or achievement. This card encourages you to gather with your loved ones and share your joy and abundance with them.

In a reversed position, the Three of Cups suggests a warning against overindulgence and excess. It signifies a period of pleasure and celebration that may have gone too far. It can suggest that you are so busy celebrating your achievements that you are not seeing the new opportunities that are being offered to you.

Mystical Symbolism - Three of Cups Thoth

Image of the Three of Cups in the Thoth tarot deck.

8 Yellow lotuses: The number 8 and the yellow color symbolize Mercury, the planet of communication and intellect. This symbol represents the balance between the material and spiritual realms.


3 Cups: The three cups in the card represent emotional abundance and fulfillment. They symbolize the happiness and celebration that come from deep emotional connections and harmonious relationships.


7 Streams: The seven streams flowing from the cups are associated with the goddess Venus and the sephiroth Netzach. Venus represents love, while Netzach symbolizes eternity and a world without end. This suggests that the love and emotional connections depicted in the card are everlasting.


Clear Background: The clear skies and calm sea in the background of the card symbolize the beauty and abundance of summer and life. It represents a time of happiness, fulfillment, and prosperity in emotional matters.


Pomegranates: Pomegranates are special and connected to the goddess Persephone. In the context of the Three of Cups, they represent the emotional richness that comes from nurturing close friends. 

Tree of Life: Binah and the Three of Cups

In the Tree of Life, the Three of Cups corresponds to Binah, the third Sephirah. Binah represents understanding and is associated with the divine feminine and the womb, from which all life springs. This ties in with the fertility and abundance represented by the Three of Cups.

Astrology Insights

The Three of Cups is associated with the second decan of Cancer, ruled by Mercury. This combination of the nurturing, emotional energy of Cancer with the quick, communicative energy of Mercury creates a dynamic of emotional intelligence, empathy, and understanding. This energy is conducive to celebrations, gatherings, and sharing of good times.