In this version of the Three of Cups, we have three women. However, instead of dancing together and holding up cups, they stand almost in a line, and have different objects. The one on the left holds a cornucopia of fruit, and her hair is bound up like that of a married woman (either that, or she's got a nasty head wound under there!). The woman in the centre has an amphora balanced on her red-haired head, and a strange ribbon binding her dress up so it's all lumpy in the middle (I'm sure there's some fashion statement intended, but can't for the life of me figure it out just now). Meanwhile, the one on the right holds a large chalice, and has flowers in her long blonde hair (San Francisco, anyone?) ;)
All the ingredients are there for a party, a celebration, or a ritual of some kind. The varied hairstyles also remind me to celebrate the differences between myself and my friends. To honour that we can share so much, and yet maintain our individuality.
This card makes me think of one of the cards that came up yesterday in my first reading with the Gilded Reverie Lenormand, highlighting the importance of friendship. And the aspect of differences in approach and what brings us joy is something I was thinking about yesterday as I made a push to organise Christmas presents and cards. That continues today, with a visit to the post office to send a parcel to a friend whose views may often be different from mine, but whom I care about deeply nonetheless :)
I am grateful for friendship, in all its guises.