Steve (and Brennan),
Thanks for the inquiries. I didn’t know whether anyone would be that interested but I’m encouraged by your posts. May God bless you in your studies.
Palaces are a great way to create bigger granularities that can be decomposed so naturally with the several levels of information that needs to be encoded in the Bible, you need several levels of granularity.
My system uses a palace for each book in the Bible using relevant imagery from that book if possible. (Genesis = Garden of Eden) The one main thing that I do differently from other palace memory masters is I don’t use a very familiar personal journey or building. I just don’t remember that much and the detail I recall is poor. Maybe that’s a blessing as a teacher, maybe not. I let the information take on a life of their own and create their own palace.
I need reinforcement often. So the books are linked by a story line with as much relevant imagery as possible and reinforced by numeric order so I can traverse the book names forwards and backwards as well as show off a little to future students by naming books by number. Adam and Eve walk into Pharoah’s palace to play a game of tic-tac-toe (see if you can guess why) on their knees (another link to the Major system).
Books are further broken up into chapters which require their own “room” or locus which are also what I call bottom up palace creation as opposed to the top down palace structure creration where you decide the palace first and then populate it with loci/locations. So I browse through my list of peg words, select one closest to the book’s theme and then create the story line afterwards. I need the extra chapter peg reinforcement. That allows me to traverse chapters back and forth, visualize the start of verses I’ve memorized there, and tie in important events. I add information on the fly when I listen to sermons easily that way.
Most books require subdivision of the story into different scenes. Matthew starts out in a university building for math on a bench where I used to study a little before going in to class but after that it loses most of the personal touches. You follow the path from the foyer and patio where students are smoking when it switches scenes to a meeting with the dean (Matthew 12).
I just completed my list of New Testament book palaces, chapter scenes, and chapter pegs, a total of 262 chapters. They are surprisingly easy to remember now after writing down the story line and making the objects interrelate along the lines of a relevant story either by internal content or book palace content.
Then you have the verse number. I’m leaning towards the easiest peg you can think of quickly there but sometimes you need a few alternatives. Then because of my poor memory I need to find a way to do almost a word by word story for my verse. I’m sure other people don’t need as many images converted from the text but I pick out the important words and then the words that I forget and have to patch up later to embellish the story.
Here’s a rough example without all my little patches I need. I have an large vertical outdoors smokers’ ash receptacle (Matthew 6) that has spilled over ashes on to a student’s mumu (verse 33). The foreign student also wears a turban like a Sikh who leads me down to a king’s castle I can see in the distance where people listen to the Righteous Brothers on earpods. They throw balls that they are given into a well.
Sometimes I use acronyms, sometimes close approximations of words I call fuzzynyms (mondegreens), and other tricks to lessen the load of imagery.
I started out without a full plan and it failed as the number of images increased. So I created the structure of the palaces which seem to be holding together well for long term memory.
That’s the overview of my system. Hope this helps.