Three of Cups

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Three of Cups from a deck of Italian cards

Three of Cups is the third card on the suit of Cups. In Tarot, it is part of the Minor Arcana. In some decks the suit is named Chalices instead. This card is used in game playing as well as in divination.

Minor Arcana

The Minor Arcana are the 56 suit cards of the 78-card deck of tarot cards. The Minor Arcana comprise four suits with 14 cards each. Although there are variations, the Minor Arcana commonly employ the Italo-Spanish suits: Wands, cups, swords, and pentacles. In contrast, the corresponding French suits are clubs (♣), hearts, spades (♠), and diamonds.

Tarot card games class of card games played with a tarot card deck

Tarot games, occasionally called tarock games, are card games played with tarot decks, also known as Tarock decks. The basic rules first appeared in the manuscript of Martiano da Tortona, written before 1425. The games, known as "tarot", "tarock", "tarocco" and other spellings, are known in many variations, mostly cultural and regional.

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Divination usage

This card often carries the meaning of joyful social contact, [1] although it may be considered to be rather superficial, unlike the two of the same suit which is considered more personal. There's agreement, general harmony, frivolity, and sometimes it is associated with birth, [2] [3] especially if it comes up with other birth-related cards such as The Empress.

Birth process of giving birth to one or more offspring

Birth, aka parturition, is the act or process of bearing or bringing forth offspring. In mammals, the process is initiated by hormones which cause the muscular walls of the uterus to contract, expelling the fetus at a developmental stage when it is ready to feed and breathe. In some species the offspring is precocial and can move around almost immediately after birth but in others it is altricial and completely dependent on parenting. In marsupials, the fetus is born at a very immature stage after a short gestational period and develops further in its mother's womb's pouch.

The Empress (III) is the third trump or Major Arcana card in traditional Tarot decks. It is used in Tarot card games as well as divination.

Rider-Waite symbolism [ original research? ]

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Three of Cups from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck

In other decks

In the Thoth Tarot deck this card is labeled Abundance, and is associated with the second decan of Cancer, said to be ruled by Mercury.

Cancer (astrology) fourth astrological sign in the zodiac

Cancer (♋️) is the fourth astrological sign in the Zodiac, originating from the constellation of Cancer. It spans from 90° to 120° celestial longitude. Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun transits this area between approximately June 21 and July 23, and under the sidereal zodiac, the Sun transits this area between approximately July 21 and August 9.

In fiction

In the first Circle of Three novel, the Three of Cups comes up in a Tarot reading and convinces the main character to pursue her Wiccan studies and befriend the two girls whom she met through her original encounter with witchcraft.

<i>Circle of Three</i> book by Michael Thomas Ford

Circle Of Three is a series of young adult paperback novels by Michael Thomas Ford under the pseudonym Isobel Bird. It follows the lives of three teenage girls from different social cliques, who come together over a mutual interest in witchcraft. It was published between February 5, 2001 and March 19, 2002.

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Ace of Cups playing card

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Suit of cups playing card suit

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References

  1. 3 of Cups Psychic Event Entertainment
  2. Sharman Burke, "Understanding The Tarot: A Personal Teaching Guide", page 66. St. Martin's Press, 1998. ISBN   0-312-17913-8
  3. Paranormality.com