June 30, 2022

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development

“As delicate as a flower, as tender as rose petals, choosing to be tender and kind in a harsh environment is not weakness, it's courage.”

Luffina Lourduraj
Next Metaphysical Service
Sunday, July 17th, 10 am

In Person at Darling Hill Farm, &

Followed by Summer picnic!

Homily: “Mediumship: Sewing Two Worlds Together”
by Rev. Renee Ranke

Emcee: Rev. Story Ducey

Or watch the simulcast of homily on Facebook

Quick View of What's Happening at ISD Oneonta

  • Reincarnation and Past Life Regression - with Rev. Story Ducey. Thursday June 30, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

  • Mediumship Summer School "Sacred Dialogue" w/Story & Diana Thursday July 7th, 5:30 - 7 pm

  • "Midday at the Oasis" Social Time! Friday, July 8th 12:00 - 2:00 pm

  • Tarot Workshop Pt.1 w/Christene Springle, Tuesday July 12, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

  • Mediumship Summer School -" Writing for Mediumship" w/Renee-Thursday July 14, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

  • "Soul Wisdom Writing Retreat" w/Renee Ranke-Saturday July 16, 10:00 - 2:00 pm

  • "Co-Creative Gardening" with Kimberly Winsor- Saturday July 16, 2022 5:00 - 7:00 pm

  • Scroll down for more details about these classes and offerings.

  • Our previous Zoom homilies are available on our YouTube channel!  If you are looking for a little 'pick-me-up' or there is one that you would like to listen to, they are all there waiting for you at the link below

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Adult Education

Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program

This is a rolling program, you may join in at any time.

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:

Mediumship Summer School Header
Our Mediumship Summer Class begins Thursday July 7th and runs through thru August 27th from 5:30 to 7 pm.
Be a part of our Mediumship Summer School Class!
Enjoy small group study with five fabulous evidential Mediums from the Institute for Spiritual Development in Oneonta, NY.
Each has her own style and expertise.
Learn new techniques and above all join our class to Practice, Practice, Practice!
Open to All Levels of experience.
Come practice and partake in in-depth discussions with like minded souls about the seriousness and sacredness of communication between the planes of existence or 'Mediumship.'
Some students study mediumship because they are grieving and seek evidence of life after life for their loved ones ---or they have experienced spiritual forms of contact and want to learn more.
Teachers---Story Lucile Ducey, Judy Lynn, Renee Ranke, Christine Springle, and Diana Friedell

Reincarnation and Past Life Regression with Rev. Story Ducey

3 Thursdays: June 16, June 23, June 30, 2022, all 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Attend in person or on Zoom.

Ever felt this has happened before, Deja Vu? Rev. Story Ducey, Academic Philosopher, 35 year Teacher of metaphysics, and Medium takes us on a journey to discover past lives that have created patterns of behavior & prompted choices that still affect our lives today. This is a three class series that examines our soul's curriculum. Gain insights, join the fun!

Mediumship Summer School "Sacred Dialogue"

Thursday July 7, 2022 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Via Zoom Meeting 
Join the Conversation --- with Spirit!
In this first ZOOM class of our Mediumship Summer School, Diana Friedell and Story Ducey, ISD Co-Directors and 20 yr Psychic Mediums will discuss telepathy, & the nature of a psychic reading vs. a medium reading with examples & techniques to open to spirit. Practice receiving & giving messages from Spirit.

Midday at the Oasis Social Time
Friday July 8th, 2022 12:00-2:00 pm
Monthly, on the second and fourth Friday

ISD Lotus Center Headquarters
124 County Hwy 58, Oneonta, NY  

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 an 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
Tarot Workshop Pt.1 w/Christene Springle

Tuesday July 12, 2022 3:00-5:00 pm

164 Ed Herman Rd., Schenevus, NY
What's in the cards for me? Learn to read for yourself & others in this Introductory tarot workshop series taught by Christene Springle, Intuitive Tarot Reader & Psychic Medium. In this 4 part class, at the Mountain Magic Healing Studio, you will delve into tarot beginning with the Major Arcana and learning through the story of the Fool's Journey.

Mediumship Summer School -" Writing for Mediumship" w/Renee
Thursday July 14, 2022 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register

 "Automatic Writing for Mediumship"
Let’s invite Spirit to stop by for a cup of coffee, a pastry, and a chat.
This workshop, the 2nd in our Metaphysical Summer Camp series, will look at utilizing the act of writing to receive evidence and messaging from those in the unmanifest world. Join Renee Ranke, Psychic Medium to learn how to incorporate automatic writing into

"Soul Wisdom Writing Retreat" w/Renee Ranke
Saturday July 16, 2022 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
404 Ed Herman Road, Schenevus, NY (Darling Hill Retreat)

In this experiential 2-session workshop, with Renee Ranke, ISD Psychic Medium, and inspirational writer, we will discuss methods for embracing writing as a meditative and spiritual process that creates a magical flow between you and the Universe. Step into inspiration, surrounded by the beauty of nature at Darling Hill Farm.

"Co-Creative Gardening" with Kimberly Winsor

Saturday July 16, 2022 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Milford, NY 
Empower Nature, Empower Ourselves:
Getting our toes wet with Co-Creative Gardening
Have you ever wondered what Nature thinks about something?
Nature is waiting to be met by you, and to enkindle an active conscious partnership for whatever it is that lights your fire.
This will be an informal lecture and presentation of core public principles of Perelandra, Ltd and of what is known as co-creative science in general.
Please join Kimberly Winsor, at her home in Milford, directions sent when you register

Highlighting the Magdalena Meditation Circle
Magdalena Meditation Circle

July 21st, 7-8 pm
(Monthly-every 3rd Thursday)

Quantum Manifestation Series: A Real Life Jedi Training Academy
June 27th , July 25, Aug 29th   5:30 – 7 pm
ISD Lotus Center Headquarters, or on Zoom

This 3 night summer hybrid series (in person at the Lotus Center or on Zoom) over 3 months will be focused on how we create our realities from within. Quantum mechanics, consciousness and manifestation techniques, divine guidance, and experiments from the book E Squared will be covered. These experiments are really fun to work through with a group and when committed to them, can show you direct evidence of how our consciousness informs reality. These techniques can support healthy relationships, manifesting miracles, abundance, fun and joy. Lots of laughter will be in this series!

The Highlight ISD Oneonta Event of 2022
Wow, if you were looking for something unique, exciting, and a whole lot of fun, the ISD Oneonta High Tea Leaf Reading and Social on June 5 at ISD headquarters was just the thing! The tea was held after our normal service, on a beautiful day in early June that begged us to head outside to the Oasis to relax and enjoy each other’s company. This was the first real opportunity for us to gather in person after several months of winter weather and Covid vigilance. We also used the occasion to raise $263 for the Hunger Coalition of Otsego County through our Raffle proceeds- hurrah for ISD Oneonta! Special thanks to the people who donated Raffle Prizes of gift certificates for a private reading session - Connie Lunn, Tapash, Judy Lynn, Diana Friedell, Story Ducey, 

Our Tea Mistress, Kimberly Winsor, introduced us to her favorite line of Ajiri teas from Kenya, and guided us as we selected and prepared our favorite cup of tea. 100% of the profits from tea sales supports orphan education in Kenya (www.ajirifoundation.org). And yes, she also provided us with antique tea cups and saucers! It was a very sophisticated social occasion. But wait - a crew of volunteers (Maggie Kilbride, Sali Dellysse, Diana Friedell, Nancy Okker) provided tea sandwiches, cookies, and a wide variety of delicious hors d'oeuvres to enhance our experience. 

And if this delicious gathering was somehow not enough, Rev. Renee Ranke then guided us in a mini-workshop in reading tea leaves! Everyone caught the fever and we had a blast reading our own and other’s tea leaves. Tom had never seen that many people gathered in the Oasis, and the energy was simply wonderful. Many thanks to Kimberly, Renee, and the small army of volunteers providing & setting up for the event - it does take a village to generate purpose, joy, and gratitude.
Nancy O. and Maggie K.
Renee R., Sherry B. and Tapash
Lynda T., Carol C, Tom L. and Connie L. reading tea leaves
Lightseeker's Discount

Are you committed to your spiritual unfoldment and to expanding your intuitive skills through regular practice with a like-minded supportive community, under ISD Faculty’s excellent tutelage?

Introducing the Lightseeker’s Discount:
For a donation of $40/month you may attend any & all OPEN Development Circles throughout the month. That's up to 15 circles a month!
If you attend 3 circles a week, the normal suggested donation for the month would be $120, and with the Lightseeker’s Discount, you pay only $40.
Please mark your donation (at the donation button on the website home page) as being for the monthly ‘Lightseeker’s Discount’.
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

Introducing the “Lightseeker’s Discount”:
For a donation of $40/month you may attend any & all OPEN development circles.
eligible for the Lightseeker's discount are
 written in green below* )
Weekly Development Circles:

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 questions:mysticalmomentsremembered@gmail.com
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 info@dianafriedell.com

10-11:30am EST
and also
7:30-9pm 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 storyducey@gmail.com
If you plan on joining the evening circle, please RSVP to Story by the night before (Wednesday Night)


Monthly Circles:

3rd Thursdays
7-8 pm EST
Next circle is Thursday July 21st

* Path of the Magdalena Meditation Sessions
Path of the Magdalena 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 dalecapristo@gmail.com
1st Friday 
6:30-7:30pm EST
Next circle is Friday July 1st

* Multidimensional Happy Hour

With Rev. Amanda Hoover. Join your guides and higher self for an all natural HAPPY HOUR party in the higher planes with Amanda. Our carefree lighthearted higher guidance and connecting with like-minded souls is a great way to go into the weekend feeling rejuvenated and full of loving vibration.
Click below for additional details and Zoom link

Weekly Groups
Group Participation Price: $10/Session, payable directly to Story Ducey. (Not part of Lightkeeper's Discount Pass)
Contact Story for more information
Monday Oracle Group, for the summer months, is on Monday mornings from 10-11:30 am.

Oracle Group

With Story Ducey. This experimental group will focus on deep meditation for healing and renewal and seeking guidance, teachings and homework from Spirit.
Click below for additional information:
email interest and to get the Zoom link:storyducey@gmail.com

Check out our July 2022 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.
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

I hope you were able to view the Parade of Planets, and the series of Moon conjunctions with those planets in the early dawn sky at least once last week. Rarely do we get to see these alignments so easily. 

I bring this up for another reason. This phenomenon was a good way to help you see the energies of Astrology in a tangible way. Pythagoras equated the universal tones that all objects emit - their resonance - with the movement of celestial spheres. He called it the "Music of the Spheres." The changes in tone and energies created from the movement of space objects around each other is the organizational system of Astrology. It is both a dance and a symphony of the Solar Winds all at once. 

An Earth based example of this is the doppler effect of approaching and receding objects. We have all heard this at some time. (Helicopters create a very recognizable doppler sound.) Astrology is the logical extension of the tones of passing objects out into space. Specific tones and energies are assigned to regions and corridors of space, hence the signs and planetary characteristics when the celestial bodies move from one region of space into another. The music created by the line of planets being passed by the Moon last week must have created an incredible tonal symphony! Your SOUL will have heard, even if your conscious ears did not.


SUN CONJUNCT LILITH ALL WEEK: This is not a neutral placement. It may affect people in various ways, all of them intense. You will be asked to stand for integrity and equality. I have discussed Lilith's long stay in Cancer. This is an acknowledgment that the Cancer qualities of old are not going to remain unchanged. This brings out the Divine Feminine aspect in all of us, raising respect for the "High Priestess", "The Empress", "Wise Woman", and "Grandmother" energies. This new time helps us embrace the fully realized aspect of mature female sovereignty that has been hidden in the shadows for so long. This conjunction will shine light on the best, wisest ways to balance polarity.

MARS moves from Aries into Taurus and MERCURY moves from Gemini into Cancer, on July 5th. PALLAS-ATHENA moves from Taurus into Gemini on July 4th.

MARS becomes softer as it moves out of its ruling sign of Aries and into Taurus. The youthful intensity of dynamic action will be tempered with patience and steadfast resolve. One caution is to guard against stubbornness.

MERCURY moves from Gemini into Cancer for a short 2 week stay. Your communications and intellect will more easily take on compassion and a rich elegance. You may be able to think with your heart. If you are able to "set" this pattern in your behavior and interactions you will retain the optimal energy after Mercury moves on to Leo. If you choose, this placement can help you bring your Thoracic (Heart) Brain into prominence over your Cranial Brain. (Yes, there are "brain" cells in other places in your body.)

PALLAS-ATHENA moves from Taurus into Gemini on July 4th. Pallas is an asteroid in orbit between Mars and Jupiter. She is associated with wisdom, justice, diplomacy and tact, strategy, courage and creative intelligence. In Gemini, she excels at wisdom with words. Speaking, writing and storytelling are all emphasized.

NEPTUNE is retrograde now in late Pisces. It remains stationary at 25°26' all week. While planetary retrogrades aren't rare, the stationary days are more significant. They provide sustained focus on whatever area is highlighted on those days. In the last decanate (10 day span) of Pisces, particular emphasis is on putting your imagination and vision into intelligent action. It makes sense since you are moving toward action oriented Aries. Neptune is at the end of the Zodiac wheel, preparing to begin a new cycle. Neptune stationary for a week at 25° Pisces invokes the magic of the number 7. This invites you to decide what element of your best vision and imagination to bring to life in the coming days.


It is useful to discuss the attributes of CANCER in more, and expanded, detail during this year's Solar transit.

Motherhood and sensitivity are familiar attributes. Home and family are highlighted. Cancer is a Cardinal, Water sign. It is movable and fluid. 

Cancer's sensitivity has not always been appreciated. Feeling things deeply has, often, not been considered an asset in our world. I suggest an update to tradition.

Cancer is adept at nuances, asking multiple questions, thinking about something from a different perspective. Example: In ISD dream circles we will sometimes glean 3 to 4 different messages or interpretations of the same dream. All are useful. All can be correct at the same time. This adaptability can be considered a Cancer trait. 

This willingness to explore, to ask ever more questions is a Cancer trait. Everyone knows of our reverence for the intellect. How much richer might that knowledge become if we can FEEL our way into the subtleties? How else may we look at an issue? What more can be experienced in any situation? 


NOW, you may say, "Wait, isn't imagination a Pisces trait?" Yes it is. The subtlety is that the imagination does not come from the mental body. It is invoked through instinct, and is experienced through the emotional body! Cancer is courageous in its deep dive into the waters of the emotions. Cancer knows that we ascend into our full Soul expression through the emotional body.

As humans we tend to remember, and put emphasis on difficult emotions. How often do you hear the acceptance that, "We learn more from our difficulties, challenges, and mistakes than from the pleasant times." Cancer can help us SIDESTEP that manner of being. Lateral movement off of the long existing path of suffering is entirely possible! Allow Cancer to help you adjust your approach. DECIDE that you will learn from JOY! You will be richer for it in many ways.


July 13th is the Full Moon in Capricorn. Several alignments will be in play on this day making it a potent Full Moon.

*Moon is conjunct Pluto 
*Sun in Cancer is conjunct  Mercury
*Moon and Sun are both Trine Neptune 
*This is a Supermoon. The Moon is at its closest distance to the Earth for this year. 

Capricorn is adding structure and discipline to the Lunar energy. Pluto spreads this energy over entire populations at once, perhaps helping us to get unglued from long held positions that may not be all that beneficial. The changes could potentially be drastic.

The Moon's Trines with the Sun and Neptune will help bring initiative, inspiration, and imagination to your activities.

This being a Supermoon will make it a great evening to sit outside and bask in the Moon's glow. Allow the sound of the crickets, night bird's cries, and if you are REALLY lucky, the howls of our coyotes, to sing you into your Godspeed!

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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, Treasure Coast Fla, and of course....right here in Oneonta NY.

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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.
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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!
Pictured above-Kimberly Winsor

ISD Oneonta Board of Directors

Kimberly Winsor - President
Tom Landon - Vice President
Sali Dellysse - Treasurer
Jaya Buckland - Secretary
Susan Owens - Trustee
Christene Springle - Trustee
Maggie Kilbride - Trustee
Story Ducey - Trustee
Jo Ann Wormuth - Trustee
Diana Friedell - ex officio

Our ISD Leadership
Shown left to right, Rev. Diana Friedell, Rev. Story Ducey
Diana Friedell - Pastor, Co-Director
Story Lucile Ducey, Co-Director
Adult Education/Programming Chair
Ministry Training Program
JoAnn Wormuth Healing Program Director
Renee Ranke - Intuitive Practitioner Program Director
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