This special card, both in the Thoth tarot and Barbara Walker Tarot, represents the fulfillment of The Will of Love in abounding joy.
Subtly, the 3 card also reminds us that the good things in life are not to be trusted as stationary, rather they are temporary items. Here we have the cycles that make joy temporary: The Spring of Maid, the Summer of Mother, and the Autumn/ Winter of Crone.
Therefore this card represents emotional or intuitive clarification; it says that one is clearer about what their feelings and intuition are saying.
Astrologically, the 3 of Cups card is Mercury in Cancer.
Choose to represent the abundance of Will to Love, as the Three Graces, and/or Maid, Mother and Crone.
Contrary to Christian revisionism, grace comes from the pagan votaries of the Triple Goddess. This Ternary Feminine's special blessings were collectively called Charis, "Grace" . The One Goddess of all dispensed her Charity by her three emanations, the Charities or Graces.
According to Pausanias, the Graces cult was older than Greek civilization, as the Charities were worshiped at Orchomenos in the form of three ancient sacred stones. [Pausanias:was a Greek traveler and geographer of the 2nd century AD,]. The traditional image of three naked female forms dancing together, was found also on the statuary of Hindu, as well as, Greek. Therefore, it is believe that Homer's name for the leading Grace of the All Goddess trinity, Cale/kale, was but a derivation of the Triple Hindu goddess, Kali.
"Mother's Grace", is the meaning of the word, Charisma; literally a gift from Heaven.
The Hindu, Karuna, meant what the word Grace used to mean before Christianity bastardized the word. Grace, used to mean a collective of feminine qualities; sympathy, sensitivity, responsiveness, loving-kindness, good will, intelligence, and personal magnetism, physical grace, sexual attractiveness, and unabashed sensuality. These qualities had nothing to do with the Sex of a Species. For a male, such as Christ, and Buddha, and even today's graceful male athlete, had and have all of these feminine graces as well. Truth, being unless a male has these gifts from the Divine Feminine, he isn't able to be a Magi, a Shaman, or any type of Magician of the Mysteries. He just ain't whole (holy)!
To Quote Barbara Walker:" Ascetic Christianity radically altered the original idea of charis. In the New Testament, charis is translated either "charity" or "love," neither of which conveys the flavor of the earlier, female-oriented idea of grace." In the 1st Corinthians 13, there is a copy of a pagan hymn to Charis:
"Now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." Which seems plain enough, yet it was interpreted by early monks, and therefore early Christians, that the giving away of money to the poor was the meaning of charity. Hence, they ignored the original meaning of Charis, as the epitome of all forms of love, based on mother love, which is the root of them all, exemplified by the Goddess.
This misinterpretation of the word, charity, served the Religions of the Patriarch, for they are really made to promote war, conquering and greed. The believe in "Divide and Conquer", and so promote bigotry, misogyny, and racialism etc., as the "enemy" must be "less than Human" so that the "holy warrior" can kill them in God's name and then after the slaughter, grant the servitors a loaf of bread, to prove their "holy charity". If this is all a male has as "qualities", human- life is doomed on this planet! So let's be Real Men and get back to Grace!
represents Persephone and/or Demeter, as shown by her sacred fruit, the Pomegranate. This is the Qabalistic 3rd Sephira- Binah, Great Mother Ocean, united in her suit of Water. This is shown by the Pomegranate Cups Overflowing from the Lotus (Wombs) blooms that sprout from the single Lotus of Binah on her Great calm Sea. Here resides the Trinity of Will to Love, Maid, Mother and Crone, and also the arcane Fourth lotus of the quadruple goddess of "Will to Form", the divine harlot and/or Scarlet woman.
The Will and the Word of the Two of Cups, is now the abounding joy of Love that only the sensual experience of Union can produce. In a hidden sense, this is the Spiritual basis of fertility and sexuality, for there is a forth lotus/Womb of the Mother presented on the Thoth card, as 4 is the number that represents "Form", which also belongs to Binah who is "the will to form".
In the Thoth 3 of Cups, we have the influence of Mercury in Cancer which exemplifies the Truth of this card, as Mercury is the Will or the Word of the All Father fertilizing the most receptive of all water Signs; Cancer.
Emotional Abundance, may sound frightening to someone whose emotion basis for operation is fear. But to those of us who Know the Will and the Word, E-motion, is Energy- in- movement, and such abundance, applied with Loving Will, is the most fertile way to create.That is why the traditional pagan word charis/grace, also included celebrations of fruition, joy, satisfaction, healing, solace, and fulfillment of hopes
Now, astrologers know that when Mercury and Cancer are combined, there is a possibility of bringing forth the most Arcane, or Mysterious Ideas. For instance, Binah, The Great Sea, is the Moon in one aspect, and Saturn in another; and Mercury, as a demiurge who is the Word or Will of the All- One, is also the guide of the Souls of the Dead. Thus, this card requires a more subtle interpretation of joy.
On the Thoth Tarot 3 of cups, the cups are made of pomegranates, the fruit that Persephone ate in the garden/realms of Pluto/Hades, allowing him to hold her in the lower world. His hold on her resisted the most powerful influences, so there she staid, coming to the surface of the earth once a year, bringing Spring.
This sounds familiar to all of us who have experienced the Joyful pleasure of Love, for it rises and recedes, from the Inner Self who is in the inner dark of Pluto/Hades where we also store our "inner demons". Imagination, our Divine Creative, Mind who is the Great Sea in which emotions school as fish, and the currents of moon-tides carry the paradox of equal and opposite.
The lesson represented by the 3 of Cups, seems to be that the good things in life, while being enjoyed, should also be distrusted. There is a catch to Joy, and it is the opposite of joy, such as in the 3 of Swords-Sorrow. This our Souls must remember when enjoying the Sensual Domain, operating a human body, for with it comes action/reaction, beginning and end, dark and light, hot and cold, etc. Sometimes we forget and then launch ourselves into a depressive mental state because we have only memories of yesterday's joy, while facing today's sorrow filled challenge. Just remember, that Joy makes you laugh, dance, without a problem in the world and seems to fog all reason, which is good, but it is also mercifully temporary, as creation needs focus to continue evolving and this is done by solving "problems". Life depends on us going back into the lower world of labor, so that we can arise, fertile with the next Spring of fruitfulness. However, we can do labor joyfully as well. When we En-Joy being ourselves, no matter the environment, a core of joyful flame tends to warm the winter's chill.
When Thrown during a divination,
The 3 of cups can also represent:
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