April 13, 2023

Next Metaphysical Service

Sunday, April 16th, at 10:00 AM

In Person at ISD Headquarters & via Zoom

Homily: "Where are We Going? and Where have we Been Before?" By Rev. Diana Friedell

Emcee:  Sherry Barton

Followed by the ISD Oneonta Annual Membership Meeting

CLICK HERE to Join our ZOOM. . .

Intuitively received messages are given by ISD sanctioned mediums for some audience members as a regular part of the service.

Please Stay after service, for Refreshments & Hospitality!


Upcoming classes and events...

"Midday at the Oasis" Social Time!

Friday April 14, 2023 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

ISD Lotus Center 124 County Highway 58, Oneonta, NY 13820 (map)

Gather in with us at the new Lotus Center, on the 2nd and 4th Friday between 12 noon and 2pm for light lunch, laughter, & library time. We will at long last link together with all of those we have only seen on zoom for the past year! Yahoo! The Lotus Center is now located at 124 County Rd 58 (Hemlock Rd.), Oneonta, at the home of Tom Landon. Please let Tom know if you plan to drop in! Enjoy Casual conversation with fellow members and friends of ISD Oneonta. In the warm weather we will be poolside! Bring a dish to pass if possible, but don’t worry if you don’t have one- we just want to SEE you!

Peruse the ISD Members’ library, choose to take out a book on an array of metaphysical topics, including dream interpretation, channeled guides to life, dealing with loss, and much more.

We also have a set alone Edgar Cayce collection with more than 50 books written by Edgar Cayce, his son, Hugh Lynn Cayce, and many interpretations and commentaries from other authors.

Email Tom Landon if you would like to attend:

or text (240) 285-8011;


Mark your Calendars

Sunday April 16th, 11:45 after the Service

In Person at ISD LOTUS Center or on ZOOM

at the Same LINK as the Sunday Service

ISD Oneonta Members! Please plan to attend our Annual Convention. We will be reviewing our successes from last year, voting in the board members, approving the Budget, and making goals for the new fiscal year, April 1- March 31st of 2024. Let us hear your thoughts and dreams as we head into our seventh year.

If you still need to renew your membership, please find the renewal form- 

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-

Link: https://www.isdoneonta.org/becoming-a-member

With Love,

Diana Friedell, Pastor, Co-Director

Kimberly Winsor, President of the Board

Rev. Story Ducey, Co-Director

Sali Delysse, Treasurer

"Self Care for Lightworkers" w/Amanda Hoover

Thursday April 20, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register

Have you ever felt "burnt out" ? How do we stay grounded, motivated and balanced in our own lives, as we support others? Join Rev. Amanda Hoover, Spiritual Counselor, & Psychic Medium, in this 3 part series, who leads us in energetic & practical self-care techniques. When we are responsible for our own wellbeing, we are better able to serve our families & community. This course provides invaluable therapeutic self-care for light workers & healers.


Get Tix to the SHIFT FAIR!

4/22 and 4/23 10am-5pm

Oneonta Quality Inn

A Transcendent & Fun Fair for All! —tried and true psychic readers & energy healers from across the Northeast- shopping for mystical delights, aura photos and 20+ free presentations on: Angels, Life after Death, Animal Communication, Alternative healing, Dowsing, past life regression, & much more- $10/Adv/1-day; $15/2-day; or $13/day; $18 2/days at the DOOR, includes entrance to all workshops; Pre-book your readings & healings to guarantee your spot with your preferred renowned reader or healer, or just drop in- Info:www.shiftnewyork.com


"Messages From Spirit Loved Ones" Medium's Message Gallery

Saturday April 22, 2023 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Oneonta Quality Inn, 5206 State Hwy 23, Oneonta, NY (map)

Join us as Psychic Mediums from the Institute for Spiritual Development & SHIFT Fair Mediums deliver messages & evidence of spirit loved ones for many audience members. This will be a night of light and love, shared in a fun and entertaining way. Saturday night after the SHIFT Fair! What might Spirit be waiting to say to you? Featuring Adam Bernstein, International Medium from Woodstock, NY, Dick Buchanan, from Horseheads, NY, Diana Friedell, from Oneonta, NY and Story Lucile Ducey from Schenevus, NY.


Photograph taken c. 1900 of al-Majdal, a village standing among the ruins of Magdala, Mary Magdalene's hometown

Magdalene Meditation Circle w/Dale Capristo

Thursday April 27, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Zoom

This month's Magdalena Meditation Circle to April 27th ( the 4th Thursday)

We will again focus on Joy.

For May we will return to the 3rd Thursday


Saturday April 29, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Via ZOOM or In person at Lotus Center, 124 Co. Hwy 58, Oneonta, (map)

Sanctity of the Vessel ~ An ongoing exploration of practices for grounding, personal power and healing for people from all walks of life!

Sanctity of the Vessel is a series of 8 classes. The series offers various techniques, practices and clearings, by focusing on anything that clears the way for our soul to work cleanly and clearly, though this created form we call our bodies. These classes will feel more like group circles, and you may jump into any of the classes at any time.

Next Sessions are on April 29 @ 11am, May 31 @6pm, June 17 @ 11am


 "Tuning In & Tuning Up" w/Story Ducey & Renee Ranke

Thursday May 4, 2023 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Weekly on Thursday, until May 11, 2023

Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register (map)

Did you ever wonder why you are able to connect intuitively? Are you looking for an ancient divination method to help you connect and receive stronger messages? Then this two-part class if for you. In this class you will learn the ‘physics’ behind telepathy (Tuning In) and the history and methods of Automatic Writing (Tuning Up).

This is open to anyone at all levels of interest or spiritual development. 




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!

Check out our April 2023 events calendar for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook, to see our events, guided meditations and homilies posted there. April/May 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.


Our Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations



The second consecutive New Moon in Aries arrives on 4/20 at 12:12 am EDT. This New Moon is a Total Solar Eclipse. The phenomenon is not visible to us in the northern hemisphere but is very powerful nonetheless.

The New Moon in March was at 0° Aries. That degree of any sign exhibits the undiluted nature of that sign. There may be a new pattern, New methods, representing "The Fool" tarot card. You are encouraged to move forward with confidence while not necessarily knowing where it will lead.

Now the 4/20 Eclipse is at 29° Aries, or the anaretic degree. It is also called the fate degree. It is the peak at which all the attributes of the sign are hoped to be discovered and expressed. It is a call to maturity and a thoughtful approach to decisions.

Aries is the beginning of the Zodiac. The New Moon is also about beginnings. The consecutive moons at 0° and 29° are certainly attention grabbers, particularly when the second is a Total Solar Eclipse.

This eclipse is, potentially, an explosive one that may widen the gap of polarity among the population. Aries is a sign about the self and your own personal courage. The wisest approach for each of us may be to go within and take your council from the deepest, most loving part of your heart center. 

If the path you decide on, the leap of faith you are guided to make, results in various separations from what has been normal for you, at least you will be guided in the most loving way to initiate the changes. 

Aries helps with change, courage, and initiation. The ram is the traditional glyph and symbol for Aries. Mars is the ruling planet. You are dealing with power, aggression, and assertiveness. 

I encourage you now to place greater emphasis on additional attributes of the big horned sheep. They have exceptional balance. They convert energy in a most efficient manner, being able to live and thrive on sparse vegetation. They are active and self assured in a pure way. Confidence, in the best sense, is present here.

There are a few aspects of note that will influence the energy of this eclipse. There is a square between the conjunct Sun and Moon and Pluto. Pluto deals with entire generations and populations all over the world. Pluto has moved into Aquarius between these two Aries New Moons I have mentioned. This placement tends to favor the masses. New emphasis is given to fairness and balance among all people. It might very well begin a restructuring in the balance of power. Those who currently enjoy that imbalance of power will not necessarily concede quietly. Hence the turmoil we find in the world at present.

This square during an Eclipse may also shed light upon some imbalance within your psyche. You will benefit from knowing your full truth. If you encounter shadows within the self that have previously been projected out into the world, maybe this eclipse can help you find a way to embrace that shadow aspect rather than reject it. THIS IS A VERY PERSONAL DECISION THAT SHOULD NOT BE MADE LIGHTLY. Do not hesitate to ask for all the assistance you need from those whom you normally interact with. (Angels, Animal guides, Ascended Masters, Saints, Gods and Goddesses, etc.)

VENUS is square SATURN on eclipse day as well. This may shed light upon imbalances in relationships and financial security. Equilibrium is sought. This can be a beginning to new more fulfilling methods to find a comfortable position. Aries being strongly about the SELF may be helpful here. The strongest position is always going to be a quiet sense of self love. When you have that inner generated love you are much more prepared to emanate love outward toward others.

A beneficial aspect on eclipse day is JUPITER conjunct the SUN and MOON. Generosity, compassion, good luck, abound. This is both for the world at large and home and family. This helps assure that if you have been making consistent efforts to be your best self, this eclipse will be smoother and more optimistic.

The eclipse leaves Aries with a great deal of fanfare. The effects will play out over months and years, as with all eclipses. Within a few hours the Sun and Moon move into Taurus at 4:13 am EDT on 4/20. This begins a stellium in Taurus that I discuss in the next column.

I want to close with this thought on Taurus energy. The bull is the glyph and symbol. Earth based and fixed, abundance and stability are featured. It is the host of a Royal star, Aldebaran, and a cosmic Point of Avatar. I encourage you to adjust your thinking and emotions to include the cow in Taurus energy. There is great goddess energy and abundance present. This is something I know from personal experience about the cow - THERE IS NO GREATER EXAMPLE OF PEACE, GRACE, AND PURE CONTENTMENT! They are naturally happy and intensely curious about the world around them. They are such great mediators that they only sleep for an average of an hour a day. May this addition to Taurus attributes help you bring the Goddess back into balance. May you find your GRACE.


Another sky event of interest in a very busy few days is the LYRIDS METEOR SHOWER peaking on the 21st - 23rd.

This is the meteor shower from the Thatcher comet discovered in 1861, when it was closest to the Earth. It has a 417 year orbit around our planet and is currently heading away from us. This is another reminder that we get energy from deep space on a regular basis. One of the sources is the regular return of the annual meteor showers.

The Constellation Lyra, with the bright star Vega, rises in the northeast around 9 pm EST. This is the source of the meteors early in the evening. Later in the night, as Lyra rises to high overhead in the center of the sky, the meteors may appear to originate from many places.

The light trail from the meteors in this shower can stay luminated longer than average. This shower can feature 15 - 20 meteors per hour. As with all showers, the best time for viewing is after midnight.

I usually just watch the trails, letting my retinal cells absorb the light. I operate on the assumption that this is a cosmic trigger that will stimulate my DNA in ways I may be unaware of, trusting that conscious knowledge will arrive at an appropriate time. It may also be useful to ask if there is a message for you. As always, use your own guidance.

The Eclipse leaves Aries in a spectacular fashion, punctuating the full array of Aries attributes. Soon after that the attention turns to Taurus. There is a stellium of heavenly bodies in Taurus during the last 10 days of April. This includes; the SUN, MOON (briefly), NORTH NODE, MERCURY, URANUS, JUNO, and VESTA.

Taurus is largely understood to be a grounded Earth sign. It is fixed in nature. It is about stability, abundance, possessions, reliability, fertility. It is ruled by Venus and has an exalted Moon. The activity is steady and loyalty is a common trait. But there is a wildcard in this sign that is not as commonly known. The fixed signs, Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, and Scorpio are where the Cosmic Points of Avatar are located, each at 15° of their sign.

These cosmic gates are where the Royal Stars are, and in earlier, darker times were more dramatically called the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. That dark interpretation no longer holds sway. The dramatic aspect can still be present in that these corridors of space send tremendous amounts of new information our way. That information can indeed be a catalyst for changing ages and paradigms.

Pay particular attention to how this Taurus stellium can communicate with you, knowing that your message may be different than anyone else's.



12/29/22 - 1/18/23 in Capricorn

4/21/23 - 5/14/23 in Taurus

8/23/23 - 9/14/23 in Virgo

12/13/23 - 1/01/24 in Capricorn and Sagittarius


What are the common themes of all four retrogrades being in Earth signs?

How does this correspond with other planetary movements during the year?


CAPRICORN - responsibility, hard work, organization, ambition

TAURUS - possessions, financial stability, reliability, loyalty, planning

VIRGO - analysis, details, meticulousness

We have completed one decade, and begun another since the 2012 alignment with the Great Central Sun. As our scientists expand their knowledge further beyond our own Solar System and galaxy, so too does our mystical understanding expand.

The veils thin, our imaginations allow for more possibility. As this happens we will do well to remain grounded with the Earth that is our home. MERCURY is the communications planet. I think the retrogrades in Earth signs, as three of the outer planets change signs this year, may be very helpful in reminding us that we are hoping to bring "Heaven to Earth." Staying connected to our planet as we widen and deepen our reception, and communication, with other realms present here, as well as from other dimensions will serve us well. We may also be able to use these days to enhance our communication with the Earth Spirits; Gaia (or Terra) and Sanat Kumara.

I also invite you to consider what was included in a recent column on MERCURY retrogrades. They happen often, and may help us with navigating annoyance and impatience.

Those emotions are great energy robbers, as well as major obstacles in accepting shadow aspects of ourselves and differences of opinion with others. The typical snags that present themselves during these frequent intervals are an opportunity to find some equilibrium in regard to our reactions. That will provide a wonderful calming effect for your nervous system.

This is, admittedly, a new concept. I personally found it very helpful and peaceful to decide that I did not need to have opinions about issues not directly related to me.

Use some of these additional concepts on MERCURY retrogrades as you feel guided. May you find GRACE.

My new favorite thing, scratching hidden messaged in bananas at the grocery store. When they are taken home they "develop", as if a ghost knows their secrets.


What is the Institute for Spiritual Development?

It's both a metaphysical church and an educational center original 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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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.

Kimberly Winsor

Rev. Story Ducey I

Rev. Diana Friedell

ISD Oneonta Board of Director

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

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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