What a great thread this is! Love the energy here!
I have been reviewing my old Treasure Maps in the waning hours of the TM year and thought I'd share some images and thoughts I had about how the formats worked for me.Here
is my 2008 map, my first one. I did it bagua style, mostly with new magazine images but some art postcards cut from a book of William Blake postcards I have and even a cut up fridge magnet from an educational program I wanted to sign up for (and did). I carefully typed and printed out affirmations for each bagua. I still love the orange posterboard background and tulip tissue paper over top -- it was a blooming year! I'm not usually a visual person and this came together looking much better than I expected.Here
is the "Prosperity" page from my last TM, which I did with magazine images,scrapbook style, one bagua per page. I got the minivan
but definitely made some mistakes -- won't be putting the word "debt" anywhere on my next map, even in the phrase "debt-free"
I couldn't be bothered printing out affirmations, so I handwrote them, in bagua colored ink. I think this year I'll go back to printing them out or at least writing and embellishing the words in darker ink (sharpie?) so that my own thoughts will have more authority juxtaposed to the magazine cutout words. It was nice to feel free to write on the pages over the year, to elaborate a bit on some elements.
I assembled all the pages into one grid and took a picture of the complete map (which I can't find now for the life of me), but mostly I referred to the separate baguas in the scrapbook or on my computer wallpaper. Every new moon, I reviewed the scrapbook map and journaled/made more specific affirmations on the facing page of the scrapbooks -- some areas, I went through several pages, some less than one.
I liked doing the journalling, but also liked having a map that was all one image. So this year, I think I'll maybe do one poster but definitely work with photos of different sections in an album with journaling.
I also think I may be done with baguas as an organizing principle...
I was also thinking of doing a circular map with houses of the zodiac, but I don't know if my interest in astrology is enough to sustain a whole TM year. Also thinking of organizing according to rooms in a house or plants in a garden, maybe.
I've done a lot of reading about chakras since the chakra thread started. I came across several accounts of earth chakras (energy points in the earth itself) and I can't remember where, but one author wrote about a "face chakra", a chakra located around the brain stem that concerns an individuals relationship with the natural world, natural cycles, etc.
I'm not making any decisions till tomorrow, but I think if I go with the chakra model, I will map the usual 7 chakras and also do an earth chakra section mapping what I am hoping for in my relationship to the earth and nature. Maybe located at the bottom of the root chakra? Or on brown background on a separate map page, depending on how it goes.