I adore little stories for this. Let’s take the most simple kind of mindmap, I can’t make one currently so lets show it as a little list.
- Memory Palace
- Memory Journey
- Mind Palace
The main subject is Memory Techniques, so that is the palace. I don’t put other subject into it, just a whole palace for this mind map. In the mind map, there are two links: Method of Loci and Number systems, this translates into two rooms with each an own guide.
The method of loci room has Loki (marvel/norse mythology) as my guide, seeing him makes me think “oh, loki, that means this is the room for the method of loci”. He shows me Birmingham Palace (Memory Palace) first, maybe he even mentions some fun facts about it. Second is a small van, ready to be used to travel (Memory Journey) and last is a fata morgana of a huge palace (Mind Palace).
The next room has Alan Turing waiting for me, as he reminds of codes and numbers, thus the coding for numbers AKA number systems. He takes me to the holiday resort I visited on the Dominican Republic (Dominic), an army major I met some time ago (Major) and a huge catalog (category).
If the mind map has more sub sections, you can just add different sections to your palace. A palace for the subject, with a host for a floor, reception desk for parts of a floor (like left/right, north/east/south/west, floor/walls/ceiling, you name it), then the rooms with the loci. You name it. Loci could even function as “portals” to other “rooms”, like a guitar is a loci normally, but it can also be turned into a room inside the guitar of little loci as parts of the guitar (string, neck, head, etc) and the header belonging to it is images as a person playing the guiter.
With peg lists, I work with tens. 10 would house the part of the mind map, 11-19 the points that belong to it.