Inverted Three of Cups

Interpretation

Inverted Three of CupsAs an inversion, this card loses some of its fun. You could be involved in excessive binge drinking or eating, and looking to stop the cycle. On the other hand, you could be working so hard that you have no time for fun.

Sometimes this card appears when you feel your social circle pulling away from you. If this resonates with you, try to look at things rationally. Have you taken on responsibilities, with work or family, that make you less available or spontaneous? Is this true of at least one other in your group? If so, it may simply take more effort and planning to get the friends back together. Make that effort and you will see you are still there for each other. If there is a strained dynamic due to one or two people in the group, try to look at your own role in that relationship. Are you taking sides? Are you trying to be the peace-maker in a hopeless situation? If that is the case, decide who you want in your social circle and pursue those people.

The Suit — Cups or Hearts

The cup holds water, the heart holds emotion. Water nourishes, refreshes, revives. Emotions remind us we’re alive, give us reason to commune with others. Water can give life and take it away. Emotions can make us want to feel more and wish we could just stop feeling entirely.
This suit invites us to that place below the surface, to search for the Holy Grail, to get in touch with our creative side.

Number — 3

Three is a number of creativity, cooperation, and integration.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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