Friday, April 3, 2015

Count down to Treasure Maps!!!!!

Today is April 3.   We have 15 days until Treasure Maps.  
When was the last time you made a Treasure Map?
Now would be a great year to get it up and going again.

Have you never made a Treasure Map?   Are you in the dark about the power, the fun and the joy of Treasure Mapping? 

Here is a handy dandy Q&A all about Treasure Maps.    
Let's do it!!

And by the way---It Works!!!


A treasure map is a collage made of photos, magazines pictures, words, pieces of things that make sense to you.   Whatever you want and you put them on a foam core board or cardboard or something strong that can handle the collage.  This collage is something you can look at all year and it will be your MAP of what you want for the coming year.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN, "What do I want for the coming year?"

Exactly what it says. Do you want a new house, a new living room, better health, stronger marriage, reconnect with people, a bigger family, a bigger community? Do you want to write your book? Do you want a new car? What is it you want?

Do you even know what you want? If you are like many of us, you are so busy running around, taking care of everyone else that you don’t  have a fig of an idea what you want for your new year.  This is the beauty of the process.  Building a Treasure Map you get to sit down and figure it out.   Please give yourself the time to do it.  Yes, I want you to be just that selfish and dare to dream.

Why do we do it now and not January?

Treasure Maps are made during the Aries new moon. Aries new moon changes from year to year and this year, it will take place on April 18, 2015 2:56pm.  

Maps are made on Aries new moon, because that is the first sign of the zodiac. Aries is when you plant your seeds. It is the real beginning of the New Year. It should not be confused with the first day of spring, which was on March 20. New moon means the sun and moon are in the same degree. For those who don't know much about astrology (which is totally okay) Aries is the sign of SIGHT.  That's why it is so important to have pictures of what you want. You need to visualize it. Or if you don't do photos/pictures then put up words. It is just important for you to SEE THEM.

So, I'm going to be busy on April 18 can I start it before the 18th?


Do I have to buy a bunch of magazines, I'm broke, can I just borrow some old ones from friends

When I started my treasure maps I always did them with fresh new magazines. And in the old days, (not married, no children) I spent a lot of dough on magazines because I wanted lots of choices. But with time, I now only get a few magazines. I never borrowed magazines from friends however I have friends who do use borrowed magazines and were happy with their results. So, it really is your call. But if you do borrow magazine, make sure they are put away until April 18 so they are fresh to you on that date.

What if I don't want magazine photos, can I just use my own pictures?  Like my husband, my kids, etc.?

Sure. I usually scanned them or printed new ones so that I would not wreck my originals.

Again it is your call.

Do I only focus on things?

Heck no! I would  encourage you to also focus on beliefs and environments. Affirmations like “I’m abundant” or “I am always feeling loved” “My health is vibrant.” “My partner and I are always growing closer.”

Can I paint or write on my Treasure Map?

Of course!  Be as creative as you want.   You can write on your map, or paint your map again, whatever you want.   I often type up affirmations and put them on the map.   Be sure that they are in present tense.   For example,  “I will be financially solid”  versus, “I’m financially secure.”  And some gratitude is good as well, “I’m grateful that my family has optimal health.”

Is there any pattern I have to use when I put the photos or the words on my board?

No you can do it anyway you want.

I will say that in previous years my friends and I have used the feng shui baguas as a pattern. Basically I would break up the board into 9 areas. A grid like this:


7-self-knowledge (and travel)
9-helpful people and angels.

If you use the feng shui baguas, you will naturally cover most all areas of your life,as you can see it is all represented there. But again, you don’t have to do it that way.  Some people have even made round boards.  


Can I build a cyber-map?

Many people are more comfortable with cyber maps, which are always in sight on their computer.

And they have had success.   Again, it is your call, do what your heart calls you to do.

How much time do I have to build my map?

Ideally you should build your map during the new phase of Aries new moon which would take you from the April 18 until April 22 (12:34am EDT).  But if you need more time, you can give yourself up until Full Moon (May 3 11:42pm EDT)   I encourage people to do it in the beginning but I don’t want people to be pressured so if you need the whole waxing moon you can use it.  

Do I have to do it alone or can I do it with friends?

You can do it either way. I build mine with my two friends. We are like family and it felt so right to do it with them. We start now just start them together and then finish them at home later. I know that there are several people who have parties.   I will say this, it is a lot of fun to do them with others--.My friends would pass around the magazines.. "Hey, I found a great beach bungalow does anyone need a beach vacation? Or "I have got to lose 10 pounds, any ideas what I should put on my map?" and low and behold someone will come up with a good suggestion.

Do I have to finish it all at one sitting?

No. Often I cut my stuff out with my friends. Maybe glue a little thing here or there and then take it home and finish it over the course of a day or two.

Can my kids do it with me?

Yes! It is great for them to focus and think about what they want. Have them build their own maps. They also might give you their thoughts about what they think you should have in your life. Which helps them to think beyond themselves, always a good thing, right?

Does it work?


Okay. I don't want to sound like a spoilsport but I’m just not interested in building a collage, can I do something else?

Sure you can take a piece of orange paper and write down wishes or affirmations during Treasure Map time. Sometimes I felt like I needed to switch to 'less is more' after several years of mapping.  (However, I would encourage newcomers to make the actual maps.)  For those more seasoned, if you really don't feel the call then just write your desires down on orange paper. So, vibrant. So Aries.

Is it ok to have things continue over to the next year? Long-term, ongoing stuff that has progressed but needs to continue to progress?

Yes. Of course. But with a small caveat. My experience after doing these for years is that when something really takes time and doesn't gel in the first year there is something still not ready. It might be something you are aware of for example one cyber friend shifted her map from year one to year two by focusing on less things.  She had overwhelmed herself with her first map and had some small successes but the second year when it was less she had more results.   And others actually some successes needed a couple of maps to get it done.   Sometimes, a Mapper had to move or change jobs in one  year and then the following year the big get arrived.  I’m thinking of one person who wanted a pregnancy but what happened was she and her husband had to move before it happened.  She didn’t know that on the first map.   I guess the little soul needed to come through in a different state!   Anyway, follow your gut and put up what you really want and don’t lose hope if it takes a little longer. 

I'm really excited is there anything I can do now before Treasure Map to help my map?

Yes, yes, yes.... The period just before the Treasure Map is called the balsamic phase. Which is the end of the last year’s Treasure Map cycle.  This is the phase when we get rid of stuff. Get rid of clutter. Get rid of things that are bugging us. Get rid of ick. Try if you can to clear some space in your life so you can be ready for the treasure map.


Remember, Einstein said, "NO TWO THINGS CAN OCCUPY THE SAME SPACE." Read that several times.  Now ask yourself, do I have space in my house, my family, my time, my life in general for more? If the answer is no. Then start housecleaning!

And don’t forget your mental housekeeping!  Are you caring beliefs that no longer serve you?  Are you carrying grudges or fears that are no longer serving you?  Meditate on them, thank them for their help in your past, write it down on a piece of paper and burn it.    Send them bye-bye so you can be ready to start your new life!

Clear out the stuff between now and April 18th.   Now do you understand why it is important not to start your map before the new time?

By the way, I personally don't buy any of my supplies before the New starts. But I know some of you can't do that so if you must buy before. Put it aside and don't touch it until the new. Don't thumb through magazines. Leave it all be.

Good luck and dream big!



1 comment:

  1. Hello Tracy,
    I have some troubles to make my 5th area. In France, I have the translation: "health", but also the area of the "ego" the "deep me", the "essentials of me"...
    So I'm a little lost. I don't know what to put in this area....
    What do you think? Do you have some advices for me? :)
    Thank you ;)