What an Aradia Academy class is and what it isn’t
All the teaching is based on an invitation to think with and on the cards; Zen and martial arts principles are applied to our reading techniques.
An Aradia Academy course is not a class in memorization, or in what people say as a matter of course, tradition, or lineage.
Each course follows the principle of Read like the Devil, which simply means that we read a visual text or the world according to how we apply the function of all things to context.
We aim to enforce the Zen principle of seeing things as they are.
When we operate with a visual text, we look at what is. We ask this question: What cultural conventions dictate the function of what we look at beyond a purely symbolic level?
We dispel the idea that meaning is inherent in cards and beliefs. An Aradia Academy course is an investigation into meaning as situational.
The backbone of our method is deconstruction. If we see anything in the cards, then it’s not because we have privileged access to some presupposed knowledge, be that occult, secret, or psychic. If we see anything in the cards, then it’s because there’s a question on the table that prompts a particular kind of analogical thinking, stretching our habitual responses to a place that’s interesting to look at and consider.
We deal with language awareness and metaphors that represent it, not reality.