Minimalism Is Tres Zap

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The Minimalists

If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you will  know that (amongst other things) i am insanely minimalist. It’s crept up on me. At first i thought it was a very personal foible and/or some sort of allergic reaction to growing up in an antique-heavy household. 

Then i blamed my Mars in Virgo – a vehement response to clutter of all sorts and of course an obvious side-effect of my adherence to the principles of Feng Shui.  Clutter blocks Qi, life force, Prana, whatever. 

But this WHOLE Venus Retrograde i have been realizing that Minimalism is a movement. We all come to it in different ways. Some to be more Green. Others because they create better/think better sans crap. Some people through being over the whole debt-slave-consumerist model – you know how when you finish a big and glossy magazine your mind is full of shit you should be buying? It’s a frantic, needy, scrambled Qi.

The idea of simplifying one’s life so that more time and money is freed up to do/buy what you genuinely want is radical. It’s now. It’s brilliant for the Zap Zone. Anyway the purpose of this post is to say that this epic little collection of posts by the Minimalists is up for anyone to read now. I got mine on Kindle & paid for it – because i love them, i need to meet a minimalist man myself – but you can read them all here. And if you are wanting an “in” to the minimalist life style, this is a fab read.

See also Minimalism As A Cultural Paradigm Shift by Meg Wolfe here.

It is completely the coming thing.  For some of us the Zap Zone feels like our true born dimension. For others? Not so natural.

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R(aqua/tauri)
R(aqua/tauri)

Been on a throw-stuff-out kick (FINALLY addressed my books and desk after doing the clothes weeks ago) but i have to admit that the motivation was to make space/need/excuse/motivation to buy new stuff that suits me better. Moon conjunct ascendant in Taurus. I just don’t think minimalism is ever going to work for me, though the idea is so liberating. I’ve got more of a mad scientist vibe going on where I don’t even notice the crap accumulate and assume I’ll need something later so I keep things around. My space inevitably always transforms into something like Gale’s house/notes from… Read more »

Oneirix
Oneirix

I’ve always been a minimalist—the Aqua Rising/Virgo Moon makes it pretty much impossible to be otherwise. With an Aries Sun in the 2nd House it’s the running thread throughout every aspect of my personal philosophy. Nothing soothes my soul/psyche/mind/body/etc. than simplifying, editing, curating. I LOVE these essays, thank you Mystic!

“The Zap Zone feels like our true born dimension.” Yes, yes, yes. The only thing that’s been hard about this progression so far is that it just isn’t fast enough! But it’ll get there, I know… been enjoying some hardcore foundation building these past few months. 🙂

doublekataka
doublekataka

zomg I have been reading up on minimalism during this same period! total zeitgeist isn’t it! “I am not my things”… what a mantra for these consumerist/ social media times. there are some pretty radical statements at http://mnmlist.com . I have also begun the 333 wardrobe project () which is SO fantastic thus far. through this wardrobe exercise I got to see directly how less things = easier, quicker and less expensive to store and manage. plus, my outfits ‘work’ every day without fail. since Jan 1 I have been on a giveaway trip, something’s going every day. I am… Read more »

Lola
Lola

yup, since the start of this year, the Cap New Moon, been purging purging purging, re-united with my true love and together we are on a mission of collectivization and minimalization so we can actually DO WHAT WE WANT TO DO. Clear space & time for true productivity and creativity.

Poppyspock
Poppyspock

Recently I have had the urge to purge 90% of my clothes and shoes. In the last few days I put many things on ebay and the rest is going to a consignment store or charity. It is both painful and liberating. ( I see just now the first item sold, a gorgeous scarf.) My life goals have changed since the time I bought a lot of fancy dresses and shoes. I always thought I would lead a more glamorous life. Now a pared down minimalist life is appealing.

Chrysalis
Chrysalis

Oh I have just written a comment and included two links which is now awaiting moderation so just in case it gets deleted – I can recommend two sites – Mr Money Mustache and A Girl Called Jack.

Chrysalis
Chrysalis

I went on a massive whole-of-life / house declutter last year, it was a 12-month process. I chucked out so much stuff. I got really brutal about it. I was provoked here and there which made it easier to be very unsentimental. I detached totally from the ‘stuff’ in my former home and left with very little. It was so freeing. I am getting acquainted with what I call guerilla minimalism via sites like http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/ and http://agirlcalledjack.com/ I like to read minimalists who started out as plain old unvarnished ‘poor’. The whole idea that consumerism is responsible for so many… Read more »

GFTpisces
GFTpisces

Definitely moving in this direction — slowly but surely. Except in my wardrobe (Leo-rising, heh.) But actually, even there, I’ve been moving toward major refining or my style and closet. Anything that isn’t beautiful, unique, expertly made and makes me look amazing, I just can not STAND to have in my closet — like it’s an allergic reaction. I’d much rather wear the same 5 things that fit the bill over and over again, then have a wardrobe of cheap, ill-fitting things, which is quite a shift for a slowly-reforming chronic shopper who used to use spending money as a… Read more »

Pi
Pi

you are describing my life. except, with prog leo rising 😉

GFTpisces
GFTpisces

Haha, love it! HOW IS YOUR HAIR LOOKING??? (jokingbutnotjoking.)

Pi
Pi

hehe.
yes – I can’t believe I haven’t left the locks out n proud more often. my father always encouraged me to – quite sure he was a Leo rising…am sure he’s happier now with this arrangement 🙂

calypso
calypso

my ex husband one told me all he wanted was a room with a bed, a desk and a chair. He’s basically emotionally challenged. He can’t cope with “stuff”. Or “people”. So he got his monk’s existence and I got the kids. Each to their own I guess!

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

what sign was he?

I’d love to know the signs of the minimalists. One’s four months younger than the other according to the info on their website. But I couldn’t find any dates.

calypso
calypso

Libran with quite a bit of Virgo – including Venus!

Yes, Mystic should astro-interview the boys 🙂

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

ahh, *nods* was thinking maybe Virgo.

Yes!! an interview would be awesome!

Emg
Emg

I am way too cancer to do this stuff. I have a house full of things. Beautiful to me things and I cherish each piece. I tend to throw out trinkets from lovers which is odd but I cannot hold onto them once they are gone, they are set free. But things I have bought for me stays. I think an underlying problem I have is that if I let something go I will never be able to replace it. Having been very very skint in my time, I have a fear of not being able to afford tasteful things.… Read more »

Pi
Pi

in spite of my desire to go all Joan Rivers on the Minimalist thing – temptation is strong let me tell you (How about this: “Minimalists say it best when they say nothing at all”) – I too grew up in a house full of Dark Brown Furniture (mother has moon in Taurus, her only earth, I don’t get it. All the air in her chart and she wants to live in a Sotheby’s period furniture catalogue). Great when you have plenty of domestic servants and a large house to house and take care of it. Dust-collecting surface-damage nightmare when… Read more »

calypso
calypso

lol re: the gag AND the Toro Moon – speaking only as another one could, and I can’t even stand all my own stuff 😉

anon flux
anon flux

i too inhabited a mahogany mausoleum. It took a long time to get over that. The dark brown and the stench of the polish.

starlore
starlore

It’s so weird, I grew up surrounded by dark brown and heavy furniture too. For some reason I never made the connection til now. Ahhh!!!! so that’s why I only have a couch and some fold up chairs from ikea.
Light bulb moment.

Ms.
Ms.

I have to fly but I really wanted to respond to this Mystic. Do you think it is also the reflection of food diet meets philosophy? I have been going more this way and when you don’t load your food in sugar/sauce/crap for ‘taste’ its the same thing, nutrients is purity in the food, space becomes important in a room because what you ‘need’ is more clear the way we view objects and our urge to obtain them. I have mars in the 2nd virgo with NN and this with my sagittarius moon makes for very zen why living right… Read more »

anon flux
anon flux

i think there may be something to that ms. have recently revolutionised the nutrition and as my inner energy shifts so does the need to get rid of the ‘dead weight’ in the physical world around me. That said I never go full minimalist unless I’m traveling. It’s just not my thing when I’m in staying put mode. But there’s definitely something to your theory.

Scorpy Gal
Scorpy Gal

I just read the first pages of the chapter “I quit my six-figure job to pursue my passions” in the PDF version of “The Minimalist”. Although I am a passionate minimalist, I thought these few pages were full of presumptuousness. Here is an example: Joshua Millburn leaves the six-figure job in sales he was “very, very good at” where he “contributed to people and helped them grow”. So far so good, obviously he doesn’t suffer from low self-esteem which is praiseworthy. But what really annoys me is the following passage (which I’ve shortened, as it is repetitive): “I’m not trying… Read more »

quintile
quintile

Thanks for linking to this M – generous of you and sooo timely with the dark moon. I found the Minimalist PDF really useful and quite insightful. There’s a chapter on clearing out his mother’s stuff which really resonates for me – I try to be more minimalist but I can get overwhelmed by fear (of what??) and sentimentality. My poor mother surrounded herself with the detritus of her long-dead parents as an homage to a childhood cut short by their deaths – she would have been better off to sell it all and take us to visit the remaining… Read more »

anon flux
anon flux

this strikes a chord with me quintile – I’m innately inclined to purge things I deem unnecessary as I go but recently realised there were all kinds of crazy things from my childhood around. It occurred to me that I would’ve thrown them out long ago but my mother always told me I’d regret it because they were from my childhood. She kept them and then when she downsized she gave it all to me in a box and suddenly I had all this crap that apparently I might regret getting rid of. So I kept it. After a hard… Read more »

S
S

I’ve noticed those going for the minimalist aesthetic seem to have the most uncomfortable and ugly chairs.

scorpbot
scorpbot

😆 yeah, that guy on the right looks like he’s about to slide off

anon flux
anon flux

Ah. What you see there is the insouciant joie de vivre of a man unemcumbered by material possessions… so light and free is he that at any given moment he might just fall off his chair. The other guy isn’t quite there yet. Hasn’t fully committed. Still has his feet planted squarely on the ground. He works in accounts. The other guy’s the creative.

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

LMAO! 😆 “insouciant joie de vivre” YEP!! 😆

S
S

His one butt clench away from landing on the floor.

calypso
calypso

😀 nor can either of them acknowledge that there’s this extra item in the room called a camera 😉

anon flux
anon flux

Hi my name’s anon flux and I’m a shameless maximalist.

scorpbot
scorpbot

😀

Pi
Pi

i hear you
it’s an occupational hazard 😉 xo

GFTpisces
GFTpisces

Love this!

plutonic irruption.
plutonic irruption.

thats the glambo drunk i be letting go of – not the sober enlightened me. i don’t just mean alcholically sober i mean sober from the inside out. i am sure there would be peeps reading this who would know what i mean. its a massive throw-out, in fact a purge of sorts of everything that hurt and hurt and hurt. emotional minimalism.

milleunanotte
milleunanotte

Yes, i get you! 😀

plutonic irruption.
plutonic irruption.

i am moving house, my choice. have lived in place for 9 years – altho i never had much to begin with i still have accumulated stuff. its all rubbish basically, worthless rubbish i have given an emotional vaue. i.e. like the two eclipse boxes i collected because they resonated with something that happened astrologically. too long a story. then there’s my glamour dress. last time i wore it i was hell drunk and the host’s partner came up to me angrily and said i was impossible to control when i was drunk. i dont see these people anymore. or… Read more »

Andromeda
Andromeda

Since I joined Pinterest and created my fave house folder there, I didn’t realise that I have a passion for Japanese aesthetic as much as I do – which is to say a minimalist ideal of living.

Thank you MM for introducing me to minimalism from a green perspective, I really find it a spiritual way of living also.

Mars in Virgo rulz okay!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOi8xw9GNi4
Absolutely Fabulous “Minimalism” Episode 😀

Andromeda
Andromeda

Around 6:30 you see her friends in their minimalist phase.
Around 13:00 you see them post having kids.. lol.

starlore
starlore

I watched it, very funny. Forgot how incredibly funny they all are!

leogroover
leogroover

One of my fav ab fab
episodes. Thx

GFTpisces
GFTpisces

YEEEEEEESSSSSSSssssssssss! love the Ab Fab reference!

Lux Interior
Lux Interior

To each their own—it works for some but not others.

I aim for a happy medium.

virgo kathleen
virgo kathleen

I am totally with you, mystic. This year I have been shedding society’s assumptions left and right. I just don’t buy into the American dream of getting yourself into insane amounts of debt for your house and your car and everything else and then spending decades slaving away trying to pay it off. I’m glad I am young and the only debt I have is some (not terrible) student debt. I just want to keep my options open. I’d rather rent so that I can move if I want to. I’d rather buy things that I can afford with the… Read more »

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

I have Mars in Virgo and am all for de-cluttering and the principles of minimalism but it’s nigh on impossible to achieve those insane levels if one is creative. We need reference material.

Recently I’ve started collecting objects for still life paintings I want to do.

Imagine Margaret Olley without her “stuff”. She was a Cancer, no surprises there 🙂

starlore
starlore

I totally agree, I think this is the heart of my problem too. I truly don’t have much stuff, just lots of things that no-one else would seriously want.
Like odd bits of bubble-wrap, old slides (literally just been sorting through them! — and it really wasn’t that long ago that everything ran on sending slides, not jpegs), and yes things for still-lives
We don’t just need reference material, we need screws, fishing wire, velcro and god knows what else!
The problem is how to organise it all.

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

Haha. My mars in Virgo takes care of all that. 😀
When I’m working it’s all chaos but after that it’s a mad cleaning and organising frenzy. Everything back into its appropriate place.

Pi
Pi

flat-stacking plastic tubs. ziplock bags of various sizes. those compartmentalised plastic containers that builders etc use to hold screws, bolts, etc. Hardware stores are my universe of efficient storage discovery! If I can’t be minimalist, I will at least know exactly where everything is at any given moment.

Pi
Pi

also, bulldog clips. to hold the ziplock bags in functional groupings of objects.

Pi
Pi

🙂

starlore
starlore

Thanks for the suggestions Pi!
Ahh the lure of clear plastic boxes. Gets me every time!

leogroover
leogroover

Margaret olley wouldn’t let her cleaner move a thing. A replica of her studio is being built here in the FNC.

virgo rising
virgo rising

On another note, seems to me these guys are minimalist except when it comes to their writings…they have waaaay too many words…and everything they say could have been reduced to a few pages…but they need income and so need to create something to create it, hence a book…a short article in a local magazine or a blog which would suffice, wouldn’t deliver the payoff…so no minimalism when it comes to how many dollars one can accumulate!

Pi
Pi

yes! lol. Minimalists sure do bang on a lot about minimalism. 😉 those blogs, omg. A true minimalist blog would be a single-colour background, one paragraph (line?) of text, and the date. there would be no blog archive, each post would replace the last. no email subscriptions. no nothing. well thats my theory Make a sacrifice at the church of St Vincent De Paul once a week to receive your blessings 😀 Mind you I have worshipped at the counter, I mean altar, of SVDP many many times To be clear, I am indifferent to the whole thing. It works… Read more »

Scorpy Gal
Scorpy Gal

Exactly my impression!

Charles
Charles

You should have seen my first blog. I spent a couple of weeks making a MacOS X Aqua “lickable” interface, that was a brand new design at the time. Overall it was pretty minimal but it did have garishly bright decoration. When I moved to a new web host for my second blog version, I spent hours stripping out all the cruft from the visual design. Then I spent more hours stripping out everything else. There was nothing left but a white screen and text. Now I go for a different kind of minimalism. I just pick the most uncluttered… Read more »

Pi
Pi

Yes. Minimalism can also exist within the process or the execution, as much as the finished product. The billable-hours consciousness within me likes the notion of breaking dowhow much effort goes into each work phase .

starlore
starlore

Ok, so in many ways I am fairly minimalist – don’t actually have that much stuff, very little furniture etc. BUT I have a really hard time figuring out when to throw stuff out, and I hang on to things like packaging boxes ‘just in case I need it when I move’. Can some of you super minimalist peeps give me some tips? Exactly how long do you keep towels / bedlinen for? What do you do with old books that you know you’ll never read again, but they hang around because they are so-called serious literature / philosophy? –… Read more »

virgo rising
virgo rising

There are so many people in need. There are so many second hand shops run by church groups, also the salvos and st. vincent de paul and the like who resell at next to nothing prices and use revenue for charity works…
As far as household items, keep one set of sheets and towels that you LOVE…and can’t part with…give away everything else…It leaves one with a great feeling to know that you are lending a hand to those in need, while cleaning out your own house…

virgo rising
virgo rising

PS> Books are always welcome donations at local libraries…and there are tons of second hand bookstores who will pay you nominally for those you know you’ll never read again and have just become clutter…

Charles
Charles

I regret to inform you that libraries no longer want books.

I offered my Mom’s art book collection to the local public library, which has a very small art section, I could easily double it. They said they would just sell the books. They actually suggested I sell them myself and just donate the money. I was offended, I asked what’s the deal here? The librarian said it was too much trouble to sort and catalog them. I offered to donate my time to sort and catalog them. She said get lost.

Gneiss Moon
Gneiss Moon

What t.f. ?! This boggles ! – Yet I know it to be true. Nonsensical loopholes. The *entire community* would benefit by sharing all the books…only cull / sell those that are proven after a time to sit unused, unread.
I have seen really great books go to library book sale without seeing the light of circulation day while the circulating shelves sit with nary a new breath, dead as a gd hammer.
Mercury MC, Saturn in 3rd. I get riled.
Good on you for giving it a go Charles

Charles
Charles

Yeah, I mentioned this incident on a board with several librarians. They were indignant, how dare I waste the librarian’s valuable time with used books! They are too busy looking through new book catalogs, determining which items they want to acquire that are suitable for their audience. Excuse me? I have 3 copies of Gardner’s “Art Through The Ages,” it’s the standard art history reference, and you don’t want them because you aren’t sure if it’s suitable for your library patrons? Hell, I had a friend in art school who bought three copies, she cut up two of them into… Read more »

starlore
starlore

Wow Charles. Your library sounds amazing. I’ve always wanted a copy of Vasari, and to be honest I’ve never heard of Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, but I just looked it up and it looks really great. Sigh. Whom I kidding? I’m no minimalist. And I do love my books. Even if I haven’t looked at most of them in years. I’ve got all these Greek plays by Sophocles etc, part of me was like ‘you gotta pass these on cause you never ever read them’, but then the other part thinks they should stay just a wee bit longer.… Read more »

anon flux
anon flux

synchronicitously (is that even a word?) I had a wtf to do with gardner’s moment yesterday charles – although mine came with an online account included which allows you to print the images onto the cards from the web. I too have mega art books coming out my ass. They’re huge and heavy and I’m totally ‘out damn spot’ about them. The area of the house the pile for the markets is inhabiting is akin to walter benjamin’s description of the rag picker’s domain. Whereas yours, is more like what stanley kubrick left behind…

Charles
Charles

Yeah I had a Gardner synchronicity moment the other day, that’s probably why I’m thinking about this. I was at a cafe, one of the baristas was sitting at the counter, unwrapping his brand new shrink-wrapped Gardner paperback version with a DVD included. I guess it’s the start of a new winter semester. I know my art school has been using this text for at least 35 years, probably more. Well, at least colleges are keeping these important books in print, and every art student has one, so it’s the “canon.” If it’s in Gardner, you have to know about… Read more »

anon flux
anon flux

😀 in keeping with your thoughts it’s the gardner’s I decided to keep and everything else goes. I have the huge single volume one – I’ve seen slimmed down version, maybe they’re the ones with a dvd. I wonder if they cover video art on the dvd…

quintile
quintile

Thanks for posting this Charles – your stack is neater than mine which is over 30 boxes of Mum’s books, some being her great- granfather’s etc etc. it IS hard when – materialism and capitalism aside – you DO value things like good books, pictures and furniture because it is getting harder and harder to place them in a context where they can be valued and enjoyed by those who ARE interested.

starlore
starlore

Charles, yes I had a feeling that libraries no longer wanted books. Weird…
But I will give mine a try!

starlore
starlore

BTW, I’ll have your Mum’s art book collection if it is still looking for a home.
Seriously.

Pi
Pi

hmm, i would still check with my local.

also, homeless shelters, charities, leave a box outside a cool local store (with their permission) or in a public space with “FREE!! TAKE ONE OR MORE” sign…. many ways to share.

Charles
Charles

Yeah Pi, I took about half her library and gave it for almost nothing to a bookseller who donates books to Chicago inner-city schools. But some of it was just worthless, I don’t think anyone wants college textbooks for Gregg Shorthand. LOL.

anon flux
anon flux

maybe you could contact props companies ?

scorpio_rising
scorpio_rising

What?! That’s madness!

Scorpbot
Scorpbot

bubble wrap!! 😆 Yes!! what if you sell something on Ebay… would come in handy for wrapping up for postage… yes? 😀

Mitra
Mitra

Oxfam will happily receive them. They run second hand bookshops to raise for their charity.

If
If

Ditto Lifeline!

leogroover
leogroover

Im a bubble wrap and box keeper myself. I can happily throw most other thimgs.

starlore
starlore

🙂
Nice to know that there is someone else who shares this!

milleunanotte
milleunanotte

Elderly people, ill people and people shut away still love and need books. I donated good mags to the local Alcohol & Drug Rehabilitation Centre.

(On my own visits!)

The staff loved them and got into them first. Then they put them out for the clients. I got a secret buzz when i saw completely down & ashamed people pick one up and read with interest and absorption.

That 12th house Piscean enough for ya?! 😀

catfish moon
catfish moon

Trying, but hard with 6 people in a small house, four of whom are preteens/teens. The girls love their stuff.
I always have a give away bag going so I am always downsizing.

virgo rising
virgo rising

Less is more.
What you own, owns you.
What you are attached to clings to you, like glue…and one becomes stuck…

Plutoboy
Plutoboy

I’m with you on all points, Mystic. When I met Plutogirl for the first time almost three years ago, I told her I just wanted to live in a dojo with almost nothing in it, incl, furniture. Being (unbeknownst to me) a massive de-clutter/feng shui/space clearing voodoo goddess, this got her attention. Not long after, I ascended the stairs to her space, and I could not believe what I saw – she had created my dream space, then invited me in. This is where we really met, and we’ve loved each other in this figurative space ever since. Less noise… Read more »

Savannah
Savannah

It’s been happening here since, I dunno maybe Neptune got out of my 7th house but I could be wrong. I was an avid retro/vintage crap collector. I’ve been donating, selling, culling….only keeping what I really want that are exquisite pieces. Same for relationships, debt, white noise in my head, it’s exhausting trying to get to that stage. Though I love my cubs, I’m waiting for the youngest to leave home so he can take his stuff too. He’s driven me insane with his hoarding. Not anything worthwhile but items like….wrapping that a toy was housed in for his 8th… Read more »

Sam
Sam

He’s not a Cancer is he? Taurus? 😀

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