June 16, 2022

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

Failure is not the opposite of success, it's part of success.'

-William Ritter

Next Metaphysical Service
Sunday, June 19th, 10 am
In Person at ISD Headquarters or on Zoom

Homily: "The Bravery of Fathers: Karma & Grace", by Rev. Story Lucile Ducey

Emcee: Rev. Amanda Hoover

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 16, June 23, June 30, all 5:30 - 7:30 pm

  • Magdalena Meditation Circle - Thursday, June 16, 7-8 pm

  • Reiki Level Two - w/JoAnn Saturday, June 18, 10:00 am- 5:00 pm

  • Starseed & EarthKeeper Series, Solstice Kickoff, Saturday, June 18, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

  • Midday at the Oasis at ISD Headquarters, Friday, June 24, 12-2pm

  • Mediumship 101 w/ Story Ducey, Saturday, June 25, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Earth Acupuncture w/Maggie Kilbride, Saturday July 2, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

  • Quantum Manifestation Series: A Real Life Jedi Training Academy (Part 1), Monday June 27, 5:30-7:00 pm. In person at the Lotus Center or on Zoom.

  • ANNOUNCING: Wednesdays: “Mediumship Summer School” starts July 7th-Aug. 25th at Darling Hill Retreat

  • 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:

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!

Highlighting the Magdalena Meditation Circle
Magdalena Meditation Circle

June 16,, 7-8 pm
(Monthly-every 3rd Thursday)

The focus of this month’s Path of a Magdalena is Nature.

Do you find yourself "just too busy" to spend time in nature? It can feel like the last priority on a never-ending to-do list.

Yet nature can help you move through obstacles that arise on your spiritual journey, returning you to a state of balance and harmony and bringing a sense of flow into all that you do.

In this month's Magdalena Circle we will explore the healing power of nature. I am forwarding you the Path of the Magdalena interview on nature with Triveni Das. You might want to watch this and we will explore your own connection to nature at our Meditation on Thursday, June 16th at 7:00 p.m. ( you can sign up at magdalenahealing.com to receive The Path of a Magdalena directly). There was also a Facebook discussion today, which you can still watch as well.

If you are so inclined, please bring something from nature that attracts you to our meditation time. it might be a flower, a stone, a piece of bark, whatever you notice in particular.-Dale Capristo

Reiki Level Two
with JoAnn

Saturday June 18, 2022 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

ISD Lotus Center Headquarters
124 County Highway 58, Oneonta, NY 13820

Reiki, a form of energy healing, is an ancient practice that is used to reduce stress, improve health and quality of life, and supports physical and emotional healing. Reiki level two expands upon these healing abilities.

Starseed & EarthKeeper Series: Solstice Kickoff
Saturday June 18, 2022 5:00 - 7:00 pm

ISD Lotus Center Headquarters
124 County Hwy 58, Oneonta, NY 13820

This first event of the summer series on June 18th is FREE! 
Come celebrate the Solstice with sacred fire ceremony and learn about creating sacred fire ceremony from our hostess Maggie Kilbride. Bring a drum and/or offering for the fire to kickoff our summer series.
Meet the teachers and learn about the light language of Earthkeepers/Starseeds.
Presented by: Maggie Kilbride, Connie Lull, Kimberly Winsor and Amanda Hoover

Midday at the Oasis Social Time
Friday June 24, 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 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
Mediumship 101 w/ Story Ducey
Saturday, June 25, 2022 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

In person or on Zoom.

ISD Lotus Center Headquarters
124 County Highway 58, Oneonta

Learn the principles of Evidential Mediumship for yourself, your loved ones, and your clients. Develop your own language of symbolic communication and sequential questioning. Deliver accurate messages with evidence.

This class is open to anyone and is also a required course for the Intuitive Practitioner IPP Program.

Quantum Manifestation Series: A Real Life Jedi Training Academy (Part 1)
June 27th , July 25, Aug 29th   5:30 – 7 pm
ISD Lotus Center Headquarters, or on Zoom

Part 1 of 3
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!

Earth Acupuncture w/Maggie Kilbride
Saturday July 2, 2022 5:00- 7:00 pm
18 Caroline Ave. Mt. Vision, NY 13810 

In this class we will explore the action of giving acupuncture to the earth to help heal and bring energy down from our star relations to reenergize Our Mother. This technique was taught to Maggie by one of her Peruvian teachers. It is not exclusive to any one earth people, but is seen in cultures throughout the Earth.

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Mediumship Summer School Class
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Thursday July 7, 2022 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Weekly on Thursday, until August 25, 2022
Via Zoom Meeting 

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

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 June 16th

* 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 June 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

There is a rather rare alignment of the first five planets in our Solar system in the early morning sky the rest of this month, Mercury becoming more easily visible later in the month. (This omits the Earth since we are the observers.) Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are lined up in their natural order along a curved line, the ecliptic, from low on the eastern horizon stretching at an upward angle from the horizon toward the south. This was last visible in Dec 2004 and will not return again until 2040. 

I have received a message to pass on to you concerning this alignment. (The energy feels like a friendly group personality.) The planetary alignment came into my mind's eye, and then almost immediately was present in my Heart Center along with this message:

"You have often yearned and attempted, consciously or unconsciously, to COME HOME while you live your Earthly existence. That is entirely understandable. We do, however, remind you of the one common mission each of you always hopes to accomplish every time you incarnate. That is to bring as much of your Soul self, and the greatest part of what you commonly think of as the Heavenly Realm, to Earth. How that looks for each of you is different, which is the absolute beauty, and richness of this Cosmic endeavor that you brave, wonderful souls volunteer for in each life. The vast array of individual experience is how each of you adds to the Akashic records. 

We do love you so dearly! We know full well that when you are pushed to your limits, when the pressure of your amazing creativity builds, that you begin to yearn for "home." That is when a mantra of "Heaven on Earth" may assist in grounding all of your magnificence into your energy field and the planet, and to buffer the polarity in your 3rd dimension. 

Do you see the exquisite richness of such a world? "Heaven on Earth" is a different experience for each of you, and to the extent that your version does no harm, you add glory to the lives of all others with your most heartfelt desires. Your JOY seeds the Universe.

The planets, stars, asteroids, and the regions of space they inhabit offer you the energies of your Archetypes. You concentrate on specific ones during each life, but as you advance along your path of Soul growth you are better able to activate the best expressions of many of them at once. 

This month the planets offer you a lovely gift if you will accept it; The very best energies of all the personal planets, Mercury, Venus, and Mars, all in the signs they rule, along with the great good luck and abundant generosity of Jupiter. Finally, an invitation to overlight all of that with the guidance of a favorite teacher or mentor in the form of Saturn.

 Take this love into your Heart Center if you wish. 

We would have you remember, when you look toward the stars and the zodiacal regions of space, you are looking at a beautiful reflection of yourselves and your expanded Cosmic family, and you are embodying a greater portion of the LOVE of "All that is", and of YOU."

Consider this a parade in your honor. Open to receive a message from your Soul self, Angels, and Guide teams."


SUN into Cancer on the 21st - A feminine water sign. Home, Family, Loyalty, and Emotion are all important to this archetype. Cancer's ability to manage emotions and sensitivity is increasingly valuable now.

SUMMER SOLSTICE on June 21st - This would normally be the time of the year for action and building. In light of current conditions, rather than racing back into the old activities, perhaps, decide what holds real value to you now.

VENUS into Gemini on the 22nd - Friendship and widened social horizons are prominent with this placement, adding Venus' grace and beauty to all. You may find yourself more interested in a wide range of people and topics.

The planets have been in a close bowl formation for much of the last 7 months. It has offered a chance to experience several archetype energies. The Moon will be in conjunction with all of the planets over a 13 day span. Remember that conjunctions are the strongest aspects and are usually a beneficial blending of the energies of the planets involved. Starting on June 16th and going through the 29th the Moon will be conjunct with every planet. These will overlap, blending the effects a great deal. The order and predominant energies of each conjunction are:

6/16- Pluto - Intensity, Changes
6/18- Saturn - Hard work, Practically 
6/20 - Neptune- Psychic, Arts, Prophesy
6/21 - Jupiter- Generosity, Trustworthiness
6/22 - Mars - Emotional tendency. Guard against anger.
6/24 - Uranus - Sudden developments, Psychic ability 
6/26 - Venus - Cheerful, Optimistic, Talents in the Arts
6/27 - Mercury - Great mental energy and power.
6/29 - Sun - Mixed energies combining concentration and impulsiveness.

The visual effect of this will be quite interesting. The waning Moon will sweep backward along the line of the planets discussed above. Enjoy June's Planetary Parade of Honor!


The traditional attributes assigned to Zodiac sign Cancer are; love of home and family, protective of the same, and also of the self, quiet, private, nurturing feminine qualities, camouflaged, sensitive, and emotional.

Let's add to the above stated qualities in an expanded way by examining the qualities of the crab that is the symbol of this zodiac sign.

The crab has soft tissue surrounded by a hard, protective carapace. The archetype of Cancer is a potent ally in the times of rising feminine energy. It is available to you even if you have no planets in Cancer. The firm structural framework is ideal to contain the ever increasing memories of your full Soul capacity.

The Ascension is taking place ONE PERSON AT A TIME. It is a very personal experience. As that is the case, each of you may find the need to protect your newly expanded understanding of the self, your world, and your greater reality beyond the physical. The Cancer archetype is ideal for this purpose. You know what you know, but cannot "prove it" to anyone, particularly not to someone who is skeptical. Invoke the outer protective shielding if needed. Be quietly respectful of your memory and instinctual knowledge. 

Furthermore, the crab has an interesting locomotive pattern, comfortable lateral movement. That is also useful in this time we find ourselves in. When we are living in the cusp years at the end of one age and the beginning of another, this may require a great deal of shuffling and adjustments. We will have times when the only way out is through, requiring forward movement. There may also be circumstances where going around impediments, be they strong cultural opinions, opposition from friends and family, or your own doubts and fears, is ultimately the best choice. In these circumstances lateral movement may become the wisest option. The Cancer crab can help you use your imagination to achieve this.

I mentioned Lilith energies in Cancer two weeks ago. The much maligned expression of the primordial, powerful feminine is overdue for a rebranding! She is guiding us in Cancer until early next year. 
She is the perfect partner. Stand in your sovereignty, be assured that you have your piece of the puzzle and your place in the Ascension. Lilith reminds me of the statue, "Fearless Girl," standing firm and defiant, hands on hips. She is meant to stand for the global women's movement. The rise of the feminine principles into equality is essential to us all, male and female alike. Let Lilith help you guard your inner flame. That flame is your birthright. It is why you are here. Balance in all expressions, with rich emotion as a guiding light, is how we ascend. You cannot go into multidimensionality with the mind and intellect alone. The heart must come along as an equal partner. Invoke Lilith to help that reality ground into the Earth.


NEPTUNE goes retrograde on the 29th, joining Saturn and Pluto. Neptune is a fantastical, psychic energy that aids your mind and imagination to dream and explore. If that happens to go too far, the retrograde motion helps you check your experiences. Are they still valid? Do they need further analysis?
NEW MOON on 28th in Cancer.

The star chart for this New Moon has some interesting features. The challenging parts first. There are 5 squares on this day. This creates potential obstacles for you. "Clean up on Aisle 1!" This is a day that may present you with some things you would like to see in the rearview mirror. So stay calm and take a look at whatever it is that may show up. The squares are:

SUN, MOON, URANUS are square Saturn - Obstacles, pessimism, and bullying behavior are all spotlighted.

This aspect can interfere with Mercury's normal keen intellect and communication skills.

MARS Square JUPITER - This is a potential reckoning for warmongers, fanatics, and zealots who use violence as a solution. (This may be quite revealing considering current events.)
Fortunately, there are some TRINES to balance out the squares.

PLUTO trine the North Node of the Moon helps the planet's entire population use their inherent gifts and knowledge.

The more hopeful detail reveals itself in the overall shape of the planetary lineup. Look at the chalice shape when all the aspects are drawn in. The watery, feminine archetype will be aided with this imaginary container to hold all the best we can all create. 

Have faith. Believe the growing light can help you find your Godspeed!

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.
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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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