December 30, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."
-T.S. Eliot
Join us for our first Metaphysical Service
of 2022 this Sunday, January 2 at 10am on Zoom.
Rev. Diana Friedell will be emcee and Rev. Renee Ranke will present her homily, "Lighting the Path to the New Year: Stepping Forward with Care and Gratitude"  

Full Zoom Details:
Topic: ISD Oneonta Metaphysical Service First Sunday of the Month
Time: Jan 2, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Every month on the First Sunday

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If you are looking for some inspiration, check out some of our previous homilies on our YouTube channel:
New Year's Wishes!!
The Ministers and Leadership of ISD Oneonta wish you and your family the happiest of New Years.
And we ask that you join us in sending these wishes, with the greatest love, to the entire world.

May this new year be filled with light, and usher in healing for all!

Is this the year that you decide to embrace and expand your intuitive spiritual gifts?
If you feel that you are ready to begin this mystical journey, then let us help you find and strengthen your own intuitive connection when you join our 2022 Intuitive Practitioner Program. See the details below under our Adult Education section and sign up for the full program or register for those individual classes that are calling to you.
We look forward to seeing you and would be honored to walk with you on this exciting journey!

What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • Join us for our first metaphysical service of 2022 this Sunday January 2 at 10 am on Zoom.

  • Make time for yourself this New Year. Learn how to tune in to your own intuitive connection. Join our 2022 Intuitive Practitioner Program....details below under Adult Education

  • There will be no Wise Wednesday or Thursday morning Dream Message circles for this week. Enjoy your holiday celebrations and join us again in January.
  • Don't forget to register for our very special New Year's weekend. Saturday January 8th is the New Year's Spiritual Retreat with Diana and Sunday January 9th is the Breath of Love Breakthrough Experience with Julia Mikk. Register now as these are both very popular events (more information and registration links below under Adult Education)

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Time to Renew Your Membership

ISD Oneonta is here thanks to love and support of our ISD Members! We couldn't do this without you!

We are excitedly heading in to our fifth successful year and we can't wait to see what is ahead for ISD Oneonta.
This is the time of year where we ask you to renew your membership and pledge.
Existing members can access the 2022 pledge renewal form Here

And if you are not a member, but you are interested in becoming one, you can find information on joining us Here.

Wishing you all the happiest of holiday joy!
With Love, Diana Friedell, Pastor
ISD Oneonta
Rev. Amanda Hoover, Co-Director
Rev. Renee Ranke, Co-Director
Please help us to keep offering quality classes, beautiful metaphysical services, and engaging development circles by clicking on the donate button below to make a donation to ISD Oneonta.
No amount is too small! If you are a member making a pledge, please mention that in the comments
Adult Education

We are excited to announce our ISD Oneonta
2022 Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program
If you are seeking a deeper spiritual connection with the ability to tune in to your own higher guidance for accurate answers to life path questions,
If you have a firm commitment to your spiritual awakening, with the desire to gain self-understanding as well as to guide loved ones, clients, as well as yourself, with your intuitive gifts,
then this program is for you. . .

Here is a link to the required course work to complete the program:

Thursday January 06 5:30-7pm
Free Introduction to the 2022 Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program
 Meet the faculty of the Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program.
Join us on ZOOM, for an overview of this life-changing & fun year long program. Get to know each faculty member as they introduce their courses, meet fellow spiritual explorers, and decide if this program is calling to you!

Saturday January 8th
New Year's Spiritual Retreat
 Join us in creating closure for 2021, burning regrets from the past, and planting the seeds for your intentions for the New Year thru Diana's unique guided meditations, ceremony and ritual. A time away from time to reflect, release the past, & manifest your dreams. Diana will also give psychic messages to each class participant. What might your Spirit Guide be waiting to say to you? Sit back, relax and tune in.

Sunday January 9th
Breath of Love Breakthrough Experience with Julia Mikk
 On the cusp of the New Year, and new beginnings, Julia Mikk, internationally renowned healer, and founder of the Breath of Love Institute leads us on a profound breath-sound-healing-ceremony that will change your life. Achieve profound emotional relief, deep inner peace, and receive Soul Guidance for your life direction in 2022.

Thursdays January 13th, January 20th, and January 27th
5:30-7 pm
Meditation for Mystics, Healers, and Seers
 Meditation is a self-care practice that allows us to quiet our minds, calm our physical bodies, and go within to reach a heightened level of awareness. This three-part class looks at the art, the history, the science, and the magic of meditation from three unique perspectives with three instructors. Join Rev. Diana, Rev. Story, and Rev. Renee as they lead you on a journey towards discovering the benefits and joys of meditation for yourself.
Required for the IPP program but open to anyone

Saturday January 15th and January 22nd
Introduction to Trauma and Healing Parts 1&2
 Join Reverend Melinda Witter from ISD Treasure Coast for an introduction to Trauma and Healing from a Lightworker/Energy Healer's Perspective. This is an introduction course about the different types and levels of trauma (physical, mental and spiritual) and how trauma may impact people. This course will review general protocols and the use of various tools for energy healings.

Thursday January 20th
Ethics & Protocol for Intuitive and Healing Practitioners
 All you ever wanted to know about practicing legally, ethically, & correctly in your Psychic & Healing Work. Diana Friedell, Director at ISD, & JoAnn Wormuth, Healing Program Director, review good practice & required protocol for giving messages from Spirit within ISD and in NY State. Free & Required for Intuitive & Healing Practitioner students.

Thursday February 3rd and February 10th
Foundations 101: Activating Psychic Pathways
As spiritual beings how do we receive our psychic information? In what ways are we receiving messages, reading energy, and experiencing those things around us that we cannot physically hear, see, or touch?

And as human beings, how do we interact and understand those around us in the physical world? How do we begin to learn what we are receiving intuitively and what is the ‘junk’ that we have picked up from others?

This two-session class, led by Rev. Renee Ranke, will help us to understand how we are receiving our telepathic messages and in what ways we can 'energize' our psychic sensitivity.

Join us during the week for our open Online Development circles for anyone looking to further their spiritual and intuitive growth!

Join one/two/or join them all!
Take your pick. We have meditation and messaging or 'dream weaving'....please join us and tap into your own spiritual connection

Suggested Donation for these circles is $10 Please click below to make a donation to ISD and note what circle the donation is for
Weekly Circles:

7-8:30pm EST

Oracle Circle

With Story Ducey. These experimental circles will focus on deep meditation for healing and renewal and seeking guidance, teachings and home work from Spirit.
Click below for additional information:
email interest and to get the Zoom
2:30pm-4pm EST

Learning & Psychic Development Circle

With Renee Ranke. These experiential intuitive development circles are designed to be a place to step away from the weight of the everyday world.
Click below for additional information and the Zoom link
email interest or
5:30-6:30 pm EST

Wise Wednesday Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle

Facebook Live meditation and Zoom intuitive development circle with our own pastor and co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell
Click below for additional information:
RSVP to Diana
10-11:30am EST

Dream Message Circle

With Rev. Story Lucile Ducey. This circle is dedicated to receiving, recording and discussing the messages many of us are receiving in our ‘night school journeys.’
Click below for additional details
RSVP to Story
Monthly Circles:

3rd Thursdays
7-8 pm EST
Next circle is Thursday January 20th
Path of the Magdalene Meditation Sessions
Path of the Magdalene Meditation sessions are an opportunity to join together monthly to activate the healing frequencies of Mary Magdalene in your own life.
Click below for additional information
RSVP to Dale to receive the Zoom Link
Check out our December 2021 events calendar on for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.

The Year
By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of the year.

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations

For the second time in 3 weeks the dance of the planets is providing us with several days when half the planets are lining up conjunct to each other. This is the result of the bowl formation in the Eastern hemisphere of the star chart I mentioned last week. The fact that it is forming around the New Year and the New Moon is auspicious. We are greatly favored at the end of a challenging year.

The conjunctions this next week are:
  • Dec 29th - Mercury/ Venus (grace in expression)
  • Dec 30th - Mercury/ Pluto (truth seeking)
  • Jan 2nd - Sun/ Moon ( New Moon in Capricorn)
  • Jan 3rd - Moon/Venus (diplomatic, artful) and Moon/Pluto (strong will and intensity)
  • Jan 4th - Moon /Mercury (homelife and family) and Moon/Saturn (practical, common sense)

We have 7 conjunctions in 7 days between the personal heavenly bodies, (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Venus.) and the outer generational/ worldly universal planets Saturn and Pluto; How helpful to have the magic and alchemy of 7 to work with us at the time of year when our species closes one time period and celebrates the commencement of the next.

Conjunctions are particularly helpful when you wish to invoke the best of multiple aspects and principles. The planets mutually intensify one another, and it is largely beneficial.

Remember, also, that Jupiter is on the Cusp of Aquarius/Pisces at 1° Pisces this week. When planets are on the cusp between signs and houses, this blends multiple attributes together for a while. This is the 1st decanate (10 days) of Pisces. The keyword is imagination, and the associated constellation is Pegasus. Also still influencing the mix is the 3rd decanate( last 10 days) of Aquarius. The keyword is association, and the sub ruler is Venus, who works particularly well with Jupiter.

As we reach New Year's Day we have a very strong energy of 8. The date reduces to an "8" (1+0+1+2+0+2+2). The day of the week is Saturday which is ruled by Saturn with a planetary number of 8. The 8 in Numerology is associated with Abundance, Infinity, and the responsible use of power.

The New Moon is in Capricorn on Jan 2nd. The traditional day to begin new ventures each month comes the following day after our worlds traditional day to begin a new yearly cycle. The Sun and Moon conjunct always invites us to combine the outward/inward, male/female, structure/content together to create a lovely, well-rounded result that works for everyone.

How does all of this help you ask? It's a lot to remember! The goal is not to give you a headache, I promise!

I hope you have noticed the cyclical nature of the Star/Planetary alignments. You have MULTIPLE chances to use the tools of Astrology, Numerology, and other such systems. They are available to assist. They are not designed to be intimidating. They are tools, hints to the mystery.

I suggest that you need not consciously keep track of all this detail. You will always naturally pick and choose which elements to utilize from all the complexity. You have guides. You have your Soul to escort you on the journey. Your part of the assignment is to drive the car and enjoy the trip as much as possible. Relax and Allow the Spiritual Flow to guide you to the best energies for you at the time. You are creating a unique piece of the puzzle.

The ultimate beauty is that we are in this together while we create separately. May you create a fantastic 2022 and find your Godspeed!
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Egyptian scientists have digitally unwrapped the mummified body of Amenhotep I to reveal the secrets underneath his perfectly preserved linen wrappings. Besides being able to ascertain his age and other physical attributes, they also discovered that his brain is perfectly preserved. Information about the fascinating reveal is found in This the article

  • This is an interesting article from The Conversation.Com that provides some insight into Victorian seances. English writer, William Michael Rosetti kept a written record of 20 seances that he attended between 1865 and 1868 and the article touches on some of these entries, along with providing some historical insight into seances in that time period.

  • 2021 may have been a challenging year, but there was no shortage of heartwarming stories. Check out This USA Today article “From daring rescues to medical breakthroughs, here are 12 of the happiest stories of 2021” for a dose of hope and joy from the past year.

Do you or someone you know need some assistance with mental health issues or coping. Here is a link to the US Department of Health & Human Services that will provide you with resources and tools to help deal with the stress.

Did you know that there are other ISD chapters?
It all began with ISD Sparta NJ!
Now there are also chapters in Madison NJ, Washington DC, Sarasota Fla, Treasure Cost Fla, and of course....right here in Oneonta NY.

We would ALL like to welcome you to our new Institute for Spiritual Development Facebook group:

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Together we shine love and light to souls around the country and around the world with education, metaphysical services, healing and community.
We support YOU in your quest to explore, build, and develop your own spiritual connection
Just a reminder that we are continuing our Prayer Warriors group, every day at 5pm we pause to pray and send our healing energies where they are most needed right now

Each day at 5 PM EST, we will pause for about 10 minutes and meditate and pray with the intention of sending healing energy to all.
You do not have to be present each day. Requests for healing or suggestions should be submitted to our Healing Program director, Jo Ann Wormuth at the below ISD website link:

Looking for some easy ways to donate to ISD Oneonta?
You can donate your cans and bottles or set up a donation when you shop with Amazon

Got Bottles & Cans to return?

ISD has a CLYNK account at Hannaford in Oneonta. 
How can I help? 
Email Tom Landon at and he will give you a time to pick up stickers at our new ISD headquarters.
Take one to put on each bag that you are bringing to Hannaford- Ask someone there where the bags go. With that correct tag on it, the bottle deposit money goes directly into the ISD Oneonta Account.
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Use AmazonSmile and choose Institute for Spiritual Development, Oneonta NY as your charity and we will get a donation from Amazon each time you shop.

How to use AmazonSmile on a web browser:
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  • Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation for ISD
What is the Institute for Spiritual Development?
It's both a metaphysical church and an educational center originally founded 40 yrs ago in Sparta, NJ. With the belief that all paths lead us Home, ISD is dedicated to helping each spirit walk their path with courage and joy.
We stand for each individual’s right to seek their own personal Truth, as they respect the same right for others. We honor the sacred texts of all traditions of the Light.

The Oneonta NY chapter of ISD was Lovingly created by Rev. Diana Friedell & her sister Rev. Sue Landon. We are now led by a powerful leadership team, and executive board.

ISD is a spiritual community that focuses on healing and intuitive connection, and the joy of finding the spirit connection within rather than being told how it should or could be experienced.
We welcome those who want to belong to a spiritual group of like-minded people, in which you can explore and find your own path in a community of love and support.

There are classes, services, events, and a sense of community and fellowship. Energy healing and intuitive messages are delivered as a regular part of the worship service. Classes offer many tools which will help you on your life path, and the community we are creating together is one of openness and acceptance, and the ability to adapt with change and growth.
Welcome Home!!!
We could use your help. If you would like to volunteer to help with our Metaphysical Library, event planning, service planning, website, office tasks, or anything else- Just call or email! Diana!
ISD Oneonta Board of Directors
Shown left to right, Kimberly Winsor, Rev. Amanda Hoover
Kimberly Winsor - President
Sali Dellysse - Treasurer
Susan Owens - Secretary
Tom Landon - Trustee
Maggie Kilbride - Trustee
Story Ducey - Trustee
Melissa Stagnaro - Trustee
Renee Ranke -ex officio
Amanda Hoover - ex officio
Diana Friedell - ex officio

Our ISD Leadership
Shown left to right, Rev. Diana Friedell, Rev. Story Ducey
Diana Friedell - Pastor
Amanda Hoover - Co-Director
Story Lucile Ducey,
Adult Education/Programming Chair
Ministry Training Program
Renee Ranke – Co-Director, Adult Education/Programming Co-Chair
& Newsletter Editor
JoAnn Wormuth Director of Healing

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