WHAT IS A TREASURE MAP?
In Spring of 1996, astrologer and teacher Robert Buz Myers asked all his students to make a Treasure Map for the Aries New Moon. I was fortunate to have been a participant in the process and it was an extraordinary experience. I have been sharing this process for 20+ years.
A treasure map is a collage of photos, pictures, words, pieces of things that make sense to you. Whatever you want, you put them on cardboard and this acts similar to a vision board. This board will be your MAP of what you want for the coming year. It is your call out to the Universe. This is your Treasure Map.
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 might not have a fig of an idea what you want for your new year. That is the beauty of this process. You must sit down and figure it out. Give yourself this time to do it. 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 change from year to year and this year, it will take place on March 31, 11:24pm PDT.
They 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 is 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. So, 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.. Put up words. It is just important for you to SEE THEM.
So, I'm going to be busy on March 31 can I start it before the 31st?
Do I have to buy a bunch of magazines, I'm broke, can I just borrow some old ones from friends
Personally, 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 them because I wanted lots of choices. But with time, I ended up only getting a few magazines. I never borrowed magazines from friends however I know that there are people who did it in previous years and they were happy with their results. So, it really is your call. But if you do borrow them make sure they are put away until March 31, 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 family etc?
Sure. You can print up photos. You can also use images from pininterest, etc. You can draw and paint, this is you MAP. Do what your instincts call you to do.
Do I only focus on things?
Heck no! I would also encourage you to focus on beliefs and experiences. Affirmations like “I’m abundant” or “I am always feeling loved” “My health is vibrant.” “My partner and I are always growing closer.”
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 used the feng shui baguas for 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.
To get more clarity on the baguas go HERE.
If you use the feng shui baguas, you will naturally cover most 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 mappers are more comfortable with cyber maps, which are always on their computer.
And they have had success. Again, it is your call, do what your heart tells 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 March 31st until the morning of April 4 (8:45pm PDT) But if you need more time, you can give yourself up until Full Moon (April 16th 11:55a PDT) 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. If you find yourself having not done your map and it is full moon, then skip it and do a map next year in 2023.
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 2 other friends. We are like family and it felt so right to do it with them. We started them together. I know that there are several people who have little parties where they invite those close to them over. It is a lot of fun to do them with others--..We would all pass around the magazines.. "Hey, I found a great beach bungalow does anyone need a beach vacation? Or it would be, "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 used to 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. Helps them to think beyond them, right?
Does it work?
Yep. You will most likely start to see results by Cancer new moon which this year is June 28. Some of you will have big hits that you see right away, others will have small green shoots that will grow through out the year.
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 nice piece of orange paper and write down wishes or affirmations during Treasure Map time. My wishes can sometimes feel like prayers and they are much broader in my desires. At times 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. But if you really don't feel the call then just write your desires down. I like 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 then there is something still not right. It might be something you are aware of or you might not be aware of a hurdle.
You may need to shift something about your long-range goals. My sense is that they need a wee bit refining or broadening. Just a thought. But definitely don't give up on the dream. And remember sometimes desires may need a physical move. For example one mapper had a baby on her map for a couple of years it was not until she and her husband moved that the baby arrived. Perhaps the baby needed a new community, a new energy to land in? Same with jobs? Or meeting a partner? Just might need to be in another city. If you are feeling drawn to a move it might be for a bigger reason. Just sayin’
I'm really excited is there anything I can do now before Treasure Map to help my map?
Yes, yes, yes.... I said this in previous years and I'll remind everyone now. 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 and my brain for more? If the answer is no. Then start housecleaning!
Clear out the stuff between now and March 31. 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 and if you must buy before please put aside and don't touch it until the new. Don't thumb through magazines. Leave it all be.
Good luck and dream big!