Tarot of Lombardy (Ferndinado Gumppenberg 1810): Three of Cups
Cups are also referred to as chalices and may be represented by religious grails or goblets. They correspond to the playing card suit of Hearts. This suit represents the element Water, and the social class of Clergy. Cups are considered a Feminine suit. Cups typically represent emotions, love, and spiritual beliefs.
The Threes typically concern action, production, creativity, early results, mastery, achievement, birth, or loss. They can represent groups, or "three's a crowd" situations. Three can also represent the synthesis of a thesis and antithesis.
Celebration. Friendship. Creativity. Community.
The Three of Cups represents groups coming together to focus on a common emotional goal. People reach out emotionally to one another. It speaks of a sense of community, and can indicate the time to get more involved by helping. An inner passion for caring may be discovered, and energy put forth toward a goal will be positive and nurturing. It can also indicate conception or birth, or an addition to the family.
Reversed Meaning: Isolation. An affair. Three's a crowd. Stifled creativity.
Reversed, the Three of Cups suggests that isolation from others is occurring. It may also indicate an affair or a situation in which a third party is unwelcome.