Consider these words from Sri Ammabhagavan, the avatar of Oneness: “Life is to be experienced; anything when experienced completely is bliss.” This is a perfect summation of the energy behind the ace of cups. The ace of cups is all about experiencing our emotions to their fullest.
Remember the suit of cups in tarot represents our feelings, emotions, and how we experience and express these things. Aces in tarot represent the strongest and most potent manifestation of their individual suits. Therefore, ace of cups represents our greatest and strongest ability to experience emotions.
Of course, it is easy to appreciate our emotions when they are positive. A happy and glad feeling is always welcome. But the reality of our existence is that we are here to experience a much greater range of feelings than just this. There is also what we usually categorize as negative. We feel sad. We feel anger, remorse, heartbreak and disappointment. What do we do with these feelings? Often, it is our natural inclination to suppress them. We push them down. We deny them. These are unpleasant to us, so we hide them and pretend that they are not there. But does this mean they go away?
Denying your emotions does not eliminate them. It only puts them on hold until later. These feelings will pop up again at anytime, and when they do, they will be just as potent as ever. How many suppressed emotions does an average person carry about with them? How much have we all pushed down, tried to forget and tried to abandon? Within most all of us there is an uncountable number of such feelings. These have accumulated since before our ability to remember.
When the ace of cups comes up in a reading, one of the messages it may have for us is to follow the advice from Sri Ammabhagavan. Whatever it is you are feeling, no matter how uncomfortable or miserable it makes you, stay with it. Experience it. Feel it completely and examine what it has to teach you. Ride it out. Don’t suppress it, don’t medicate it, and don’t deny it. When it has run its course, it will be gone. When it is gone, in its place will be bliss. This is true. This works.
Cry, grieve, shout, scream, laugh, sing, dance, do whatever you must to experience your feelings fully. Just don’t give up on yourself or your ability to cope. Whatever negativity you may experience, it will pass. When it does pass, expect a sense of “Finally. It’s about time.” Now joy has arrived. Now you experience bliss. Now you can breathe a sigh of relief and be glad.