February 16, 2023

Next Metaphysical Service

February 19th, 10am


"The Giving-Receiving Tree", by Rev. Amanda Hoover

Emcee:  Rev. Diana Friedell

In Person at ISD Lotus Center or

Or on ZOOM at this link. . .

or watch the simulcast of homily on 


Psychic Messages for some participants are a regular part of our Sunday Service.

Followed by Hospitality

Upcoming classes and events..

Harnessing Psychic Abilities w/Diana Friedell

Thursday February 16, 2023 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Weekly on Thursday, until February 23, 2023

Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register 

We all have psychic abilities, but how do we harness and expand them? In this 2 part class, with Psychic Medium, & ISD Co-Director Diana Friedell, learn the safe way of opening the door to intuitive messages, meet personal spirit guides in meditation, and learn the 7 Spirit Guides of Theosophy. Through fun games & exercises, develop confidence, clarity & accuracy in your intuitive answers, both for yourself, and for others.

This course is open to anyone who is developing their intuitive gifts. All levels, also meets a requirement for the Intuitive Practitioner Program.


Magdalene Meditation Circle w/Dale Capristo

Thursday February 16, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM On Zoom

Email Dale Capristo with interest- dalecapristo@gmail.com

This month's Magdalena quality is Surrender.

I am forwarding you the Path of a Magdalena interview and meditation for Surrender. Shri Davi Maa covers this topic in such a dynamic way that I thought you would like to listen in case you did not already do so on your own. 

You do not have to listen before our time together in the Magdalena Meditation Circle on Thursday , February 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Key points are derived from the program:

Surrender is releasing a sense of separation that creates a shift in perception.

Surrender is active and requires a willingness to let go of our small selves in order to experience our divine selves.

Through surrender we take action in the divine.

Journal questions:

When I surrender, what am I surrendering to?

What do I experience when I surrender?

How do I see Mary Magdalene as an embodiment of surrender that I can emulate?

The Zoom link is posted below and I will send it again later in the week.

Magdalena Blessings,



Cabin Fever Spirit Fest, Through The Veil with ISD-on ZOOM!

Saturday February 18, 2023 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register 

"What's in that Crystal Ball for Me?" Is the wind of your life changing directions? At a crossroads? Consult a tried and true ISD Psychic Medium, while waiting out winter, to see what your spirit guides & departed loved ones are trying to show you that would help you with your life path. Only $30 for 25 minutes!  Or $25 for ISD Members. Many thanks to our readers who are volunteering their time for this ISD Fundraiser! Story Lu Ducey, Renee Ranke, Christene Springle, Ally Sutton-Pyle, Diana Friedell, Connie Lull, and Susan Owens.

A few Testimonials about our readers. . .

"If you have ever thought about taking your pet to an animal communicator, call Christene immediately! She is beyond amazing in her abilities, sensing and communicating things about my therapy dog, me, and even my wife on the other side that no one but me would know. Our session was validating, heartwarming, and joyful - make the call now, don't put it off. You'll see what I mean." Tom Landon
"I had a wonderful reading today! A very private struggle I have been going through was addressed without me even saying anything and advice was offered on what steps to take in order to learn to forgive myself for past mistakes. The accuracy of this reading with Diana took me off guard but that is a good thing because who doesn’t want an accurate reading? After my reading I genuinely felt better. I would recommend a reading to anyone who is looking for guidance or just feels stuck." – KC

“ I experienced a lovely session with Ally. I found comfort in what she was picking up from me. There was a point where I got emotional and she allowed space/time for me to have that moment. I even felt she gave me certain things to look at that I could work on and grow from as well. I had a wonderful experience and would love to see her again. - JV”


Soaring with Spiritual Sensitivity

02/21/23 - 03/28/23 w/ Renee

In this 6-week workshop we will delve into spiritual sensitivity and take a look at how it impacts us physically and mentally. As a sensitive person in a world poised on the brink of change, how can I learn to embrace my ‘feeling-side’ as a super power rather than experiencing it as an anchor keeping me weighed down? Find out with Renee Ranke.


"Expanding Psychic Abilities"

 w/Diana Friedell

Thursday March 2, 2023 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Weekly on Thursday, until March 9, 2023

Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register 

Foundations 103: "Expanding Psychic Abilities": Can you Feel me Now?

“Feeling is Believing!” New abilities continue to develop, w/Psychic Diana Friedell, with a profound expansion of our ability to feel & see someone’s aura, energetic state, and medical conditions. In part II we will learn to place events we perceive in the past, present and future to assist us in delivering spirit driven accurate messages.

This required course #4 of 10 for the

Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program,

however you don't need to be enrolled in the IPCP program to take the course. This course is open to anyone who is developing their intuitive gifts, at all levels, from beginner to advanced.


SHIFT FAIR Vending Application 4/22 and 4/23

Psychic Readers, Energy Healers, +Spiritual & healing &Craft Vendors, Workshop Ideas & Presenters now being sought for the SHIFT NY Holistic & Psychic Fair. Early applications encouraged - over 200 fairgoers expected, registration includes free publicity of your business & website. SLOTS for Psychic Readers are NOW FULL, but we are accepting applications for all other vendors and workshop presenters.


Time to Renew Your Membership

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

We are excitedly heading in to our seventh  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 2023 pledge renewal form Here. Link: https://www.isdoneonta.org/membership-renewal-2023

And if you are not a member, but you are interested in becoming one, you can find information on joining us Here. Link: https://www.isdoneonta.org/becoming-a-member

With Love,

Diana Friedell, Pastor

ISD Oneonta

Rev. Story Ducey, Co-Director

Sali Delysse, Treasurer



Please note:

There is a new mailing address for ISD Oneonta.

We didn’t need the larger PO Box we were paying for, so we

started the year off with a new smaller PO Box to save money.

The new address is:

P.O. Box 332, Oneonta, NY 13820

Please change your address book. (Delete PO Box 1266)

Thank you!

Message Received During Story's Oracle Circle

This is a message that came during one of Story's Oracle Circles. She had the group focus on the war in Ukraine and it's overarching significance,

This is what one ISD member received, referring to the authorship as "The Sacred Counsel". Here is the message:

"Taking care of each other; appreciation for fellow man, seeing how we are all the same will be the tide that uproots the tie-ins of this war. Go at things co-creatively, let Spirit and nature speak, value an input greater than just your own and it will crumble the rocks that hold the anchor in place of this war. "

Check out our February 2023 events calendar for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook, to see our events posted there. February event calendar HERE.

Prayer Warriors

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, JoAnn Wormuth at the below ISD website link:


Last Chance to help ISD reach its goal!

Malala Fund

UPDATE: We raised $245 of $500 Goal. . .$255 to Go

Will you help ISD Reach its goal?

 Every year ISD Oneonta contributes to a charity that is making a difference in the world and in keeping with our mission. This year, ISD Oneonta members & friends, under the leadership of Kimberly Winsor and Ally Sutton-Pyle, have challenged ourselves with a fundraising goal of $500 to go to the Malala Fund, a charity that is raising funds for girls to be able to go to school, a privilege that is either banned or financially out of reach in many countries. The Malala Fund is an international, non-profit organization that advocates for girls' education. It was co-founded by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, and her father, Ziauddin. Read more on Wikipedia. Or read more about Malala Fund here. Please help us meet our goal and our challenge to ISD Oneonta! Click on the button on the ISD Website here to be sure your donation counts toward the total that ISD Oneonta is raising.

Our Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


The SUN will move into Pisces on 2/18 at 5:34 pm EST.

Pisces is a mutable water sign. It is the final sign of the zodiac, the last stop before the new cycle begins, so there is always the sense of culmination. Pisces is a very hopeful sign. The traditional symbol has been two fishes swimming in opposite directions. I have had a strong intuition that this does not need to be the case moving forward. The duality that seems so entrenched now can be joined together. In your own energy field, your head can join with your heart and compliment each other. PEACE IS POSSIBLE. In the years approaching you may find yourself and others more receptive to new ideas and solutions that benefit everyone that may have seemed impossible before.

The Pisces part of your personality is your dreamer, the imaginary, the visionary. The ruling sign is Neptune, adding the mystical and the psychic energies to the mix. The SUN will add emphasis to all those things, helping you to bring out the best of what they are to you, so that you may bring them into the next cycle with you. This transit of Pisces is going to be monumental in the next 4 weeks!

Feb 20th will be an eye opening day for alignments. VENUS moves into Aries on 2/20 at 2:55 am EST, until 3/16. Venus in Aries begins a new cycle with a fiery flare. The vibrant energy can be very useful if wielded wisely. It is in a sign ruled by Mars, with an exalted Sun. Venus just has to be cautious not to push too hard in Aries, but in the days of the rising feminine in all of us, a little Aries enthusiasm can be a welcome interval.

At virtually the same time there is a NEW MOON in Pisces at 2:05 am EST. The SUN/MOON conjunction at 1°Pisces is joined by the Royal Star FOMALHAUT at 4° Pisces.

We have discussed, and you are probably experiencing, the powerful effects of the final scouring of shadows that PLUTO at 29° Capricorn is creating. Now comes a NEW MOON to help you move to another stage, another choice.

This is the 12th sign, Pisces, to help you create only the best of your visions. The Royal Star FOMALHAUT is present in a big way. This star is the guardian of the South. It signals a return of the light. It helps you find that light within yourself. Fomalhaut can inspire great gifts in the arts, music, writing, science, and spirituality. It is softly attuned to SOUL energy. This is the season of this royal star. You may utilize its assistance for several weeks. Some of the energies associated with the star are: Purification, faith, strength, awakening inner child, overcoming obstacles, playfulness, change, protection, self-sufficiency, trust, and resurrection. (It seems as though this list might be very helpful while working on the list that Pluto might be creating for you while he's sitting on that 29th degree of Capricorn.)

Also present in this geometric star diagram is a Pisces stellium. At the opposite end of Pisces is NEPTUNE at 24° and VENUS at 29°. So you have a 5 way stellium in the visionary, dreamy, imaginative part of your character. For each of you, the house placement of Pisces in your birth chart will be an area that is favored.

Also present during all of these alignments is the cosmically significant URANUS sitting directly on the Taurus Point of Avatar at 15°. This is pouring in new input from the new regions of space we are now cycling into.

Each of you can get more incite in these days of vivid energy shifts by checking the house where the transiting planet was on your birth chart. When I discuss the sign placement for the planet, find where that sign was on your chart, then look at the house placement. Look up the characteristics of that house. This will give you more incite into how the planetary energies are influencing your life.

It is prudent to "travel light" in these new areas of existence. Take only what is hopeful, joyous, graceful, peaceful, and inspiring along. You won't be sorry. It will help you find your Godspeed.


SATURN will reach 29° of Aquarius on Feb 27th. The same phenomenon that is at work with Pluto at 29° Capricorn will come into play. You may be presented with a litany of thoughts, dreams, flashes of memory, pertaining to Aquarian and Saturnian themes.

The Aquarian list could look something like this: altruism, detachment, far sight, cosmic insight, fairness, futuristic, independence, electrical, FREEDOM, unconventionality.

The Saturnian part of this will encourage you to take a responsible, structured form of all those above characteristics so that you may utilize them to the best of your ability. Remember that Aquarius indicates that your way may look different from everyone else's. Saturn will help you become comfortable with that. This will stay until March 6th. The following day Saturn moves into Pisces, not to return to Aquarius for approximately 25 years.

Because Pluto will still be sitting at 29° Capricorn, this could become quite intense. Please remember to practice all the things that have proven to be calming and comforting to you during this time. The idea is to help you, not break you! Don't hesitate to ask for help from those spirit guides and deities whom you habitually call upon.

I have not mentioned LILITH much recently. She has such an irratic orbit that there are times when it is hard to integrate her energy. Such has been the case recently. Lilith has been jumping back and forth between Cancer and Leo for months. But at this critical month of March she is stationed mostly in Leo, with a short stint in Virgo. I want to mention her now because any resistance to the rising feminine tide will add to everyone's difficulties. Lilith is always representative of the denied, and yes, angry woman. Well, the solution is - don't continue to fence her in! In fiery Leo she has some momentum behind her and would very much like to proceed. What does LILITH want more than anything else? Sovereignty, equality, respect! So give it to her!

On Mar 3rd MERCURY moves into Pisces until Mar 19th. Mercury influences our thinking and communications. It is most comfortable in "rational" areas, which does not describe Pisces. In Pisces, Mercury will be asked to imagine, dream, expand its horizons. Especially this month which will see TWO sign changes of the outer planets, Saturn and Pluto.

THINGS WILL CHANGE. Mercury will have to adapt. The mental capacity will be expanded and enriched, if allowed to do so. If you can let your thinking be flexible you may be very pleasantly surprised by what comes into your sphere at this time. Be fluid and receptive.

On Mar 2nd is a 3 way conjunction in Aries. This has tremendous healing potential.

There is a line up of JUPITER/VENUS/CHIRON at 12:30 am.

In your birth chart CHIRON takes on the role of the most important, most prominent asteroid in the chart. This is the "wounded healer." It is your deepest trauma, or wound that follows you from one lifetime to another. For many of us it is an inability to love the self and fear of abandonment. Another universal example of a deep wound is the fear of lack, which we all struggle with to verifying degrees. What any deep wound tends to do is create a search for something outside of us, which we believe is absent.

Chiron also represents your ability to heal that wound. You come into each life with the ability, and goal, to heal that deepest wound. The ability to do so lies within the Heart Center. With this conjunction, on the threshold of major sign changes, we are presented with an excellent chance to make some significant healing progress. You see, we have the two most benefic planets, Jupiter and Venus, lined up with magical Chiron in Aries, the sign of new beginnings.

NOW IS THE TIME! Wounds to the female lineage will have an especially strong chance of being healed. The theme with Jupiter and Venus is grace, beauty, and compassion. This peaks on the 2nd, but is active for several days before and after. Be kind and gentle with yourself and others.

This is a time like no other that has come before. We are in a new area of space, having survived through many dates that were predicted to be "the end times." We are in a powerful Spring. It asks a lot of us, but we can do it. We already have succeeded in the etheric realm. Now we have the task of bringing it to the physical Earth. May you be blessed!

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!

Did you know that there are other ISD chapters?

It all began with ISD Sparta NJ!

Now there are also chapters in, Washington DC, Treasure Coast 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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Institute for Spiritual Development International

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

Got Bottles & Cans to return?

ISD has a CLYNK account at Hannaford in Oneonta. 

How can I help? 

Email Tom Landon at tlfandon51@gmail.com 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.

Shopping through Amazon?

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:

  • Visit- smile.amazon.com
  • Sign in with the same account you use for Amazon.com
  • Select Institute for Spiritual Development Oneonta, NY as your charity
  • Start shopping! Remember to checkout at smile.amazon.com to generate a donation for ISD

How to use AmazonSmile using the Amazon app on your mobile phone:

  • Open the Amazon Shopping app
  • Navigate to the main menu (=)
  • Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile”
  • Select Institute foSpiritual Development Oneonta, NY as your charity and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app
  • Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation for ISD

Pictured above-Kimberly Winsor

ISD Oneonta Board of Directors

Kimberly Winsor - President

Tom Landon - Vice President

Sali Dellysse - Treasurer

Connie Lull-


Susan Owens -


Christene Springle - Trustee

Story Ducey -

Ex-Officio Member

Jo Ann Wormuth - Trustee

Sherri Barton


Carol Callahan


Diana Friedell - ex officio

Shown above Rev. Diana Friedell, and Rev. Story Ducey

Our ISD Leadership

Diana Friedell - Pastor, Co-Director

Story Lucile Ducey, Co-Director

Adult Education/Programming Chair

Ministry Training Program

JoAnn Wormuth – Healing Program Director

Carla Finn- Newsletter Editor

Tami Barrows- Administrative Assistant

Amy Gallop- Social Media

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