The Miraculous Tree of Life Spread - Isabel Radow Kliegman Workshop
Report by Diane Wilkes

I've never done the Tree of Life Spread for myself. Since you keep the cards you draw throughout your life, I was always afraid that I'd never be able to keep track of them until the dawning of the computer. Kliegman's workshop has inspired me to finally do the deed.

Kliegman began the workshop by giving two handouts with the grid for the Tree of Life spread. One was completely blank except for the grid; the other contained just the titles of the 10 Sephiroth. After offering introductory material on the Sephiroth, such as the meaning and planet correspondence for each, and some observations about the Tree itself (it's similar to a maze, but it's a closed system--you have to work with/interpret what you've got), she gave a real-life example of one client's very challenging cards. It was not that the cards themselves were all filled with tension, but inherent in the placement of the cards was conflict and dichotomy. An example of this was the placement of the Emperor in Binah, associated with understanding, our spiritual and earthly mother, the "safest place we will ever be."

Sadly, there was only five minutes apportioned for the experiential part of the workshop, which involved moving the client's cards to positions that were more in harmony with the energy she wanted to bring into her life, or similar to the energy we (the workshop participants) would want for our lives. To get even half of the insights that this fascinating exercise could provide required at least an hour. The good news: you can try this at home with your own Tree of Life spread. I know I intend to--after first spending several hours with the spread meditating on the cards in the actual positions I draw.

Generously, Kliegman provided her phone number for workshop participants to contact her with any questions they might have on this exercise. While this is unusual, it's not surprising, as her presentation style radiated warmth, welcome, and an openness to all.

Photograph 2002 Sally Anne Stephen
Report and page 2002 Diane Wilkes