The suit of Cups is all about Water, so it has to do with emotions and relationships. The Three of Cups is a card of relating to others, and it has special resonance for goddess worshippers who know that several goddesses take on a three-part form, or can be understood as part of a triad with other goddesses. The ritual below is written arounnd the general theme of Maiden, Mother, Crone, but you can substitute instead any three-part goddess you work with more closely.
The image on the Motherpeace card is a celebration by a river. (See the Motherpeace image by selecting 3 of Cups from the drop-down menu.) I also particularly like the image in the Robin Wood Tarot where three women are dancing holding chalices marked with the moon phase symbols.
In this ritual we’re going to offer libations to the goddess in her three parts. Using this ancient method of celebrating and honoring goddess will strengthen our relationship to her and also represents the way we are participating in the continuing river of her presence poured out for us.
Chalice or your favorite drinking vessel
A bowl to pour your libations into, unless you can do ritual outdoors and pour directly on the earth
Liquid that you like to drink – it could be water, wine, milk, tea, or anything that you would share with Goddess
Prepare your altar with any Goddess images or decorations you like, especially symbols of the triple moon, or a trio of white, red, and black candles. Put your Tarot card on your altar along with your chalice and bowl to receive your libations.
Ground and center yourself.
Cup your hands in front of you and see the light and energy of the full moon filling them. Cast your circle by walking around the perimeter and pouring this light out to mark the edges of your circle.
Call the Quarters using these words or your own:
Air, powers of the East, inspire me as I share my thoughts and words with Goddess tonight. Hail and welcome!
Fire, powers of the South, light my way and warm my heart in celebration with Goddess tonight. Hail and welcome!
Water, powers of the West, fill my cup so that I may pour it out in libation to Goddess tonight. Hail and welcome!
Earth, powers of the North, receive what I pour out in libation for Goddess tonight. Hail and welcome!
Invoke Goddess using these words or your own:
Clever maiden, merciful crone, loving mother of us all, Goddess, I invoke you in your triple form.
I honor you, I praise you, I love you.
Hear me, guide me, and bless me this night and always.
Chant “We all come from the Goddess and to her we shall return / like a drop of rain rolling to the ocean.” You can use the words alone, or learn the tune here:
As you chant, take your chalice into your hands and direct your love and devotion to the Goddess into your chalice. When you are done, dedicate the cup to her by drawing the triple moon symbol )O( in the air over the cup.
Pour three libations. During each one, name the aspect of the Goddess to which you are offering, and thank her for her blessings and/or ask her for help with her special gifts. For example, you might say:
Maiden, youthful, beautiful, and free, I offer this drink to you. Help me celebrate my independence with joy.
Mother, loving, gracious, and kind, I offer this drink to you. Help me give birth to my hopes and dreams.
Crone, wise one, merciful, and strong, I offer this drink to you. Help me honor my own wisdom with grace.
When you are done with your libations, drink the rest of the cup to take Goddess’ blessings into you.
Thank and dismiss the Quarters.
Open the circle.