March 30, 2023

Next Metaphysical Service

Sunday, April 2nd, at 10:00 AM

In Person at ISD Headquarters & via Zoom

Homily: "Recognizing the Human and Resurrecting the Divine", by Rev. Renee Ranke

Emcee:  Amanda Hoover

Join us on ZOOM at this link. . .

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...

Ethics & Protocol for Intuitive & Healing Practitioners w/JoAnn & Diana


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

Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register

All you ever wanted to know about practicing legally, ethically, & correctly in your Psychic & Healing Work. Jo Ann Wormuth, Healing Program Director, and Diana Friedell, Pastor and C o-Director at ISD, review good practice & required protocol for giving messages, and energy healing sessions within ISD and in NY State. Free & Required for Intuitive Practitioner and Healing Program students.

I know, you thought you were in the field of dreams, where freedom rules, and no one can tell you what to do. Yes, have confidence that Spirit and God are guiding you in your intuitive messages, and healing sessions, but even in this field, perhaps even more than other professional fields, you need to know the limits and guidelines for right practice.


Mediumship 101 w/Story Ducey

Saturday April 1, 2023 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Learn the principles of Evidential Mediumship for yourself, your loved ones, and your clients, w/classically trained 30 yr Psychic Medium, Story Lucile Ducey. Develop your own language of symbolic communication and sequential questioning. Spirits will then know how to help you bring forth messages with facts & evidence that your sitter can clearly recognize. Improve your skills in delivering accurate messages.

This Class will on ZOOM Only. Taken it before? Review for 1/2 price.


ISD Board Meeting

Sunday April 2, 2023 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Via Zoom Meeting- get link from Kimberly Winsor

The Board of Directors meet on the first Sunday of every month, via Zoom- the same zoom link that the Sunday service was on. The Board of Directors is the governing body for the Institute for Spiritual Development in Oneonta. All major decisions will need to be ratified by the Board. New policies are reviewed and set, the treasurer's report is reviewed and financial decisions are voted upon. The board determines the direction that ISD takes, and plans for its future. If you have some ideas you would like discussed, you are welcome to email Kimberly Winsor, the President of the Board, to see if it can be added to the Board Agenda. Visitors are welcome to attend and observe, but do not have the privilege of voting. There will be a time for public commentary, if you are not on the agenda.

Board members include President, Kimberly Winsor, Vice- President, Tom Landon, Treasurer, Sali Dellysse, Secretary: Carol Callahan, Trustees: Susan Owens, Christine Springle, JoAnn Wormuth, Sherri Barton, Connie Lull. Ex-Officio: Diana Friedell, Pastor, Co-director; Story Lu Ducey, Co-Director


"Chakras, Our Spiritual Growth Highway" w/JoAnn Wormuth

Thursday April 6, 2023 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Weekly on Thursday, until April 13, 2023

Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register 

Chakras form our energy anatomy. When clear of blockages, they keep us healthy and balanced. JoAnn Wormuth, Master Energy Healer, leads us to discover the meaning and purpose of each chakra. We will learn to address & clear any impurities in our own energy system. There will be energy exercises & as well as self-discovery and healing meditations.

This workshop series meets a requirement for the ISD Oneonta Healing Certification Program, as well as the ISD Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program. Although it is a requirement for these 2 certification programs, you don’t have to be a student in these programs to register. Registration is open to Anyone at all levels in their development.


"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.

Contact Tom Landon if you would like to attend: (240) 285-8011

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-


Rev. Jim DiBiasio and Rev. Kathy Kerston

Diana Friedell presenting workshops

Diana Friedell, Pastor and Co-Director of ISD Oneonta helped to present TWO workshops for the Ministers assembled from the ISD National chapters at the Bi-Annual Conference in Lancaster, PA. This one was about using modern technology, and representing what ISD does on social media, and was led by our Spiritual Advisor, Melinda Witter, along with Diana. A short clip from Rev. Story Ducey talking brilliantly about Light (yes, its on YouTube!) was shown, as well as a clip of Yogi Tapash leading a ceremonial fire at Darling Hill Retreat last spring (yes, you’ll find that on YouTube too!). The second workshop was “Meaning to My Dreaming”, and John Drinkard led a Robert Moss dream analysis process.

Founding Pastor, Rev. Jim DiBiasio presented a special award to Rev. Kathy Kerston, who has retired from the position of Director at ISD Sparta, NJ. Sparta’s new Director & Pastor is Rev. John Drinkard. Kathy and Jim have worked together in ISD for FIFTY years, and shared many memories!

Our digital raffle results.

Our first ever all-digital raffle went off without a hitch on the 15th, refilling our Scholarship Fund with close to another $300! The Ides of March Gifts of Spirit Raffle gifted the following lucky people with the following: 

Jaya Buckland's Yoga Nidra session went to Katherine Walters
Diana's Friedell's Psychic Reading went to Melissa Stagnaro
Kimberly Winsor's Life Enlightened reading went to Joseph Chapelle
Laura Lee's Family Tree Consultation went to Patricia Winsor
Dale Capristo's Magdelena Healing session went to Patricia Winsor
Tapash's Jyotish Astrology Birth Chart went to Carla Finn
Christene Springle's Tarot Card reading went to Connie Lull
Susan Owen's Angel/Tarot reading went to Connie Lull. 

A big round of applause please to our donors who made this all possible! 


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, 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 Here. Link:

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

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!

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


Welcome to April. It is going to be an active month. Saturn and Pluto have changed signs. We are just beginning to acclimatize to the new energies from Pisces and Aquarius. 

There will be more intensity along the way. In addition to the usual New and Full Moons, there is the year's first Eclipse, the Lyrids Meteor shower, and the start of the year's second Mercury retrograde. These events will be covered in detail as they approach.

There is a big concentration of planets in Aries and Taurus this month. There is also a theme to the alignments. Aries is at the beginning of the Zodiac or the Alpha/Omega point. The arrival of Spring for 87% of the Earth's population. ushers in new beginnings, new ideas, and increasingly, the energies of a New Age.

This is where Aries can be very helpful. Vigor, enthusiasm, the dynamism of the Fire element, and the physical nature of this sign are all potential partners. 

We are attempting to bring as much of our full Soul abilities and expression into our physical world and bodies as we are able; heaven on Earth. Aries specializes in sharp mental abilities being married to, and expressed in, the physical realm. Just the kind of assistance we can utilize. It will be critical to be as much at ease as you can with all of these new changes. 

Do whatever you can to ease your nervous system. We are being acclimated to much higher levels of electrical and crystalline inputs. That is very challenging to our nerves. Anything that helps you join with the Earth in a meaningful way is especially helpful now.

Later in the month there is a Total Solar Eclipse at the Anaretic 29° Aries. Last month's New Moon was at 1° Aries. The bookend New Moons at these particular degrees is not random. I will discuss this in more detail later in the month as well.

This week begins with VENUS still in conjunction with Uranus near the Taurus Point of Avatar. Normally this would incite a lot of changes in relationships of all types. However, since we have had Uranus in Taurus since 2018, there has been plenty of time for reflection on Taurus themes. That would indicate that if changes do happen, they have been looming in the background. It may simply be the appropriate time.

Another influence can be abundance as it pertains to the Earth. This is both a Taurus and a Venus trait. Finding a balance of abundance that is in harmony with what also serves the Earth and all beings calling her home.

MERCURY moves into Taurus on Apr 3rd at 12:22 pm EST.

It joins Venus, the North Node,  Uranus, and Juno to form a strong stellium of heavenly bodies in Taurus. Mercury in Taurus concentrates thinking and communications on what is earthy, practical and reliable. It isn't flashy, but takes a wide angle view of the present, and on into the future.

The FULL MOON is on Apr 6th at 12:34 am EST in Libra. Libra is balanced, very fair minded, and seeks win/win scenarios. The Full Moon brings emotional strength into the mix. Things that are unbalanced in your life may come to the surface, or come back again for further investigation. In these volatile times, don't hesitate to ask for assistance from your guides, angels, and soul.

April will continue the pattern of changes and intensity. They are not all difficult, just designed to engage you in active soul growth and Ascension. May Grace guide you.


There is a wonderful alignment in April that can effectively help everyone.  

The SUN conjuncts JUPITER.

The range of this conjunction is from 4/2 until 4/22. It peaks on Apr 11th.

The two parties are our "star", the SUN, that is exalted in Aries and JUPITER, our Solar system's great benefic. 

This will help you immensely. A general feeling of joy, optimism, enthusiasm, and well-being will be available for all who are willing to receive. It could not come at a better time with the world seeing so many challenges. 

This is a fantastic time to see Jupiter in the early evening sky in the west. It is so bright that you might easily mistake it for Venus. It is particularly bright and beautiful right now since it is in opposition. (That means that the orbit of the Earth, Sun, and Jupiter are most optimal for viewing, since Jupiter's orbit takes it around the far side of the Sun.)

I also would like you to remember that in addition to this happy alignment where the Sun is exalted in Aries, we also have Venus in Taurus that it rules, and Neptune in Pisces which it rules. These are 3 heavenly bodies all in positions to broadcast their best energies toward Earth.

VENUS moves into Gemini on Apr 11th at 12:47 am EST until May 7th. Gemini likes activity and variety. When matched up with Venus this does not lessen the tendency. Venus loves beauty. In Gemini this may express as lovely words, both written and spoken. Travel to wonderful places is more likely. I would point out here that this is an appropriate place to utilize your imagination. All creation can be initiated through your imagination joined by great feeling. This transit can lend a hand.

VESTA moves into Taurus on Apr 15th at 12:58 pm until Jun 22nd. This placement tends to resist change if possible. It also symbolizes integrity, self ownership, and the location of the sacred in one's soul.

In Taurus,  which encourages us to find solace and abundance with the natural world, these Vesta qualities can help you hold your gifts steady among the changes. Caution is useful to avoid stubbornness. 

The other area that Vesta helps influence is agriculture. That makes this placement and timing wonderful  

for sowing and gardening this Spring.

I want to share an interesting excerpt from EARTH - Pleiadian Keys to the Living Library, by Barbara Marciniak. (1995), (page 33-34)

"The twelve strands of DNA and twelve chakras have many parallel twelves that move with them. The story of twelve is quite profoundly expressed all over your planet. It is deeply embedded within the mass psyche of human consciousness, and has been employed throughout time, in your terms, as a method to structure and convey information from one system to another. The story of twelve grounds the idea of meaningful existence into your world.

The earliest use of the ancient teaching of twelve was the concept of the zodiac, a narrow belt eighteen inches degrees wide on either side of the elliptic, which is the apparent circular path of the sun around Earth. The zodiac was divided into twelve signs, with twelve houses, conveying knowledge about creation through the idea of interweaving and linking twelve significant parts. The zodiac was believed to be alive with memory, and it played an integral part in Summerland, Hindu, Chinese, Egyptian, Chandran, Greek, and Roman civilizations.

Human development is deeply linked to universal cycles distributing the twelve zodiacal energies through which new expressions came into being."

There is more interesting information if you would like to read further. I recommend the book to you.

Next week brings a flurry of activity:

Lyrids Meteor shower 

Full Moon which is a Total Solar Eclipse on the Aries/Libra axis

Sun into Taurus 

Mercury retrograde 

I encourage you again to calm yourself in ways that connect you to Earth. May you think elegantly and find your grace.


Research shows that the more birthdays you have the longer you live.




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 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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