The key phrase for the outer meaning of the Three of Cups has a lovely sentiment, which is   MARRIAGE FOR LOVEMarriage, of course, is a reflection of its anchor, Arcanum III Isis Unveiled.  Love is a reflection of the cups.  Examples of other mundane interpretations for The Three of Cups are:  romantic activity; ideals realized through positive action; devotion to family; a warm friendship; unbridled emotions

The astrological meaning of this card is based upon the Pieces decanate of Cancer, sub-ruled by Neptune.  There will be emotional and stormy lives for those born under this decanate, but a tranquil, level head will prove to be their lifejacket.  While loving the domestic life, they are also eager to investigate Mother’s Nature’s secrets, often leading them into unexplored territory.  The key word for this decanate is, therefore, RESEARCH or, if you prefer, Exploration.  (In the writer’s opinion, if a key word isn’t a word you can relate to, choose a synonymous key word that does.)

The spiritual message for the Three of Cups is based upon the constellation of Argo, the Grecian ship that carried Jason and his Argonauts across stormy seas and led them into strange encounters in search of the Golden Fleece, a symbol of eternal life.  During their journeys, they came upon the Clashing Islands, an army of saber-brandishing skeletons, intoxicating and deadly sirens, and finally a dragon.

Zain explains that those psychic adventurers who dabble in Mediumistic ESP and/or Feeling ESP, such as séances, the Ouija Board, automatic writing, or channeling are surrendering control of themselves to entities about which they have no knowledge or control.  Psychic research requires the development of senses that are not natural to the material plane and must be guided by an alert mind and by never relinquishing control of oneself to another. This is accomplished by using Intellectual ESP.  In Intellectual ESP, instead of becoming a hypersensitive receiving set, the energies of the nervous system radiate high-frequency vibrations, which provide the soul the energy it needs to examine inner-plane conditions without danger.  Intellectual ESP is an extension of consciousness rather than a surrendering of self.

Like Jason and the Argonauts, each psychic mariner must keep his hand firmly on the helm of his ship and maintain an even keel.  The spiritual text is: Poise is the one safe haven of the soul, therefore, under all circumstances keep an even mind.

What are some of the synonyms for the word poise?  Balance, Equilibrium, Self-possession, Composure, Assurance, Dignity, Calm, Serenity, Drawn up into readiness, to steady, to hold, support or carry (oneself), and to brace oneself.

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About letstalktarot

Allyn McCray began reading Tarot in 1971 after discovering a deck in an occult shop in San Francisco, California. In 1999, the American Tarot Association recognized her as a Certified Tarot Reader. During her experience as an Internet reader between 2000 and 2002, Allyn’s readings were regularly featured on the websites, Psychicnut and Roadtalk. In 2002, Allyn joined The Church of Light, aka Light.Org, a non-profit international school of esoteric studies, where she is now a Hermetician, Certified Teacher, and Minister. Allyn also serves as the Communications Director of The Church of Light and is a Section Advisor in The Order of the Sphinx.
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