December 3, 2022

Next Metaphysical Service

Sunday, January 1st, 10 am:

 on ISD Oneonta Facebook:

Recording of Rev. Renee Ranke's Homily from Jan. of 2022: "Lighting the Path to the New Year: Stepping Forward with Care and Gratitude"

followed by

"Hickory Dickory Dock"-

A Timely Message for the New Year and new Starts

- from ISD Oneonta Metaphysical Ministers,

pre-recorded & scheduled to show at:

Special New Year's Day ZOOM Service at ISD-Treasure Coast, CLICK HERE for MORE Info/To Register. . .

Upcoming classes and events...

ISD Board Meeting

Wednesday January 4, 2023 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Monthly on the first Wednesday

Via Zoom Meeting- get link from Kimberly Winsor

The Board of Directors meet on the first Wednesday of every month, via Zoom. 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: Jaya Buckland, Trustees: Susan Owens, Christine Springle, JoAnn Wormuth, Sherri Barton, Connie Lull

Astrological Predictions with Connie Lull

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

Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register

Celestial Conversations

What’s in the Stars for 2023? Connie Lull, our own ISD Oneonta Astrologer, and ISD Psychic Practitioner consults the charts for the New Year! What energetic changes can we prepare for that might affect our daily lives? As we ponder our goals for the new year, what aspects of our personality and life mission will help us? Tune in on zoom, join the fun.

Connie Lull has been a Dairy farmer, and is now harvesting organic hay from her farm. She has an affinity for the natural world. She has studied in the Metaphysical field for 25 years and taken many pilgrimage trips to 6 different Continents.

Institute for Spiritual Development Intuitive Reader

Gaiadon Heart facilitator - training based on Keys of Enoch.

Training in Angel Card Reading

Auric field life reading from Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E.

"I am happy to assist you to find clarity for your life path and tune in to what your spiritual team would most like you to know."


New Year's Spiritual Retreat

Saturday January 7, 2023 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Both ZOOM & 124 County Highway 58, Oneonta, NY

New Year's Spiritual Retreat

Closing the Door on 2022- Visioning our Happiest 2023

with Diana Friedell

Join us in creating closure for 2023, burning regrets from the past, and bringing new light to your intentions for the New Year thru Diana's unique guided meditations, ceremony and ritual. A time away from time to reflect , release the past, & manifest your dreams. Diana & others give psychic messages from Spirit. Sit back, relax and tune in.


"You are on a Journey" with Mel and Amanda

Monday January 9, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Weekly on Monday, until January 23, 2023

Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register

You are on a journey in this life, growing spiritually each moment of each day. You chose the Institute for Spiritual Development as your spiritual family, community and support on this wondrous journey! This course gives insight to the history of ISD, the philosophy behind our principles and the metaphysics and precepts we live each day. Whether you are an old timer, a new member, or considering membership, this course will give you the tools for your spiritual journey with ISD.

The course, You are on a Journey is given as self-study and/or in combination with a facilitated study group. It is free to all Institute for Spiritual Development Members, and it is offered to guests for $35. If you are not a member but would like to join the Institute for Spiritual Development, contact your nearest ISD Charter: ISD Oneonta NY, ISD Sparta NJ, ISD Madison NJ, ISD Washington, DC or ISD Treasure Coast, FL. This course is required for all ISD Ministerial Candidates.


Meditation for Mystics- Pt 1 of 3 with Diana Friedell

Thursday January 12, 2023 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Weekly on Thursday, until January 26, 2023

Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register 

Meditation is a self-care practice that allows us to quiet our minds, calm our physical bodies, and go within to reach a heightened level of awareness. This three-part class looks at the art, the history the science, and the magic of meditation from three unique perspectives. You will become adept at your meditation practice, which is essential for tapping into our intuitive and psychic abilitites.

In Part 1, with 20 year Psychic Intuitive Diana Friedell, you will learn about the states of consciousness, mantras and mudras, what scientific benefits we receive, as well as tips and techniques to smoothly slip into a meditative state.

This required course #1 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. Sign up by February 2nd to get a 10% Discount onthe whole program!


"Midday at the Oasis" Social Time!

Friday January 13, 2023 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Monthly on the second Friday

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. 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

Intuitive & Healing Practitioner Certificate Program Updates


  • Join us as several ISD students receive their completion certificates, in a recognition ceremony during the metaphysical service on January 15, 2023.

  • The IPCP begins again with Meditation for Mystics on Jan. 12th. Meditation has proven benefits to reduce pain, improve health but it is also the pathway to harnessing intuition. Let your intuition be your guide through these troubled times. Check out the Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program, starting in January, with our amazing ISD Faculty to guide your process. Sign up for any that interest you10% Discount if you sign up for the whole program!

Time to Renew Your Membership

ISD Oneonta is here thanks to love and support of our ISD 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:

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

Wishing you all the happiest of holiday joy!

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!

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!

 Click Here to take a look at our Intuitive Development Circle Page

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

ISD Donation PayPal

Introducing the “Lightseeker’s Discount”:

For a donation of $40/month you may attend any & all OPEN development circles.

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.

Learning and Psychic Development Circle w/Renee Ranke

email interest or



5:30-6:30 pm EST (postponed until Nov. 9th)

*Wise Wednesday Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle

Facebook Live unique guided meditation and Zoom intuitive development circle with our own pastor and co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell

Click below for additional information:

Wise Wednesday Development Circle

RSVP to Diana


*Dream Circle with Amanda Hoover


10am-11:30am EST

Amanda will be taking over facilitation from Story Ducey.

This Circle is dedicated to receiving, recording and discussing the messages many of us are receiving ( and trying to recall!) in our ‘night school journeys.’ We are in a significant testing period. Our teachers, guides, and loved ones are helping us at night giving us personal and universal guidance.

CLICK below for more info

Thursday DREAM CIRCLE...


Monthly Circles:

3rd Thursdays

7-8 pm EST

Next circle is Thursday December 19th.

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 and the Zoom link.

Magdalena Meditation Circle w/Dale 

RSVP to Dale to receive the Zoom Link


1st Friday 

6:30-7:30pm EST

Next circle is January 6th.

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

Happy Hour


Weekly Groups

Group Participation Price: $10/Session, payable directly to Story Ducey. (Not part of Lightkeeper's Discount Pass)

Link to Pay:

Contact Story for more information


Oracle Group

With Story Ducey. This experimental group will focus on deep meditation for healing and renewal and seeking guidance, teachings and homewor from Spirit.

Click below for additional information:

Zoom Oracle Group

email interest and to get the Zoom link:

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


Malala Fund

 ISD Oneonta members, under the leadership of Kimberly Winsor and Ally Sutton-Pyle, have challenged ourselves during the holiday season 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. Help us meet this 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

I would like to begin by revisiting the 23rd of December. That was a Super New Moon that also had a 7

planet/asteroid Stellium in Capricorn. Chiron turned direct in Aries. The North Node was sextile Chiron, and the master number 11 was activated as well. It was one of the most astrologically powerful single days I've come across. So what happened, or started on that day?

A massive storm that swept across the entire United States began on this day. It was still active through Christmas day, with more snow falling for another two days. Sadly, it has resulted in the loss of life. There is another result, however, that is not all devastation.

Much was discussed in the SETH books, channeled by Jane Roberts, in the 1970's regarding the connection between the weather and collective human emotion. Strong storms serve to "wash away" the dross of our energetic emanations. It is a dynamic, cooperative, very necessary arrangement between us and the planet that we count on for our existence. 

I will suggest that this day, this extremely powerful alignment of heavenly bodies and a matching massive storm, was evidence that the partnership does not stop at the edge of our upper atmosphere. The storms are challenging to deal with, but are part of a larger plan. I can see a pattern in the energies that can be of great benefit in 2023 and 2024. That will be discussed further in the 2023 preview on zoom on Jan 5th, and in future columns as we go forward.


VENUS and PLUTO are conjunct in Capricorn at 28° and 29° respectively on New Year's Day. This can illustrate the extremes from divine to perverse, highlighting the choice as to which path any individual wishes to take in 2023 and in subsequent years. Helping out is a sextile angle to JUPITER in Aries to both VENUS and PLUTO. The sextile of Jupiter in Aries adds opportunity for exciting new ventures to one's choice. This is a nice alignment for the day we tend to "look forward."

The next day, 1/02, VENUS moves into Aquarius until 1/26. Venus in this placement has an electric quality to its expression. The attention tends to be more expansive and is group oriented. What is good for the whole, the masses? What is beautiful, graceful, and elegant across broad expanses?

This is joined by asteroid Lilith moving into Leo from 1/8 until 1/22. Lilith is the dynamic, powerful feminine who will have her day and own her power, and she is tired of waiting. In Leo this is even more pronounced. Do not be surprised if women's issues become very visible during January.

The Full Moon falls on 1/06 at 6:08 pm EST in Cancer. See another pattern? The rising Feminine. Cancer and the Moon are nurturing, flowing, mothering energies. On this day there are two wedge aspects present with the Full Moon. 

A wedge is when two planets in opposition are joined by a 3rd planet forming a trine to one and a sextile to the other. It is referred to as the apex planet. It provides an outlet, or release, to the stress that the opposition present at each Full Moon creates. 

The first apex planet is NEPTUNE at 22° Pisces. This will add strength to anything mystical or magical that may come into your awareness. The second apex planet is URANUS at 15° Taurus. That is the Point of Avatar. This is one of the 4 Cosmic windows, or portals. These two apex planets along with all of the feminine influence points toward a much more beneficial life for Earth and all of her inhabitants if we will choose it.

Anyone will do well to flow with all of this feminine essence beckoning for your attention. BALANCE is sought in all. We all have both poles expressed within our psyche. Resistance to necessary changes will make your journey much more difficult. Whatever is unbalanced within society and the individual will seek equilibrium. 

VENUS, LILITH, and the MOON are offering to be your guides at this time. May your 2023 be wonderful.


A retrograde of any planet or calculated point is not actually backward motion. It is an APPEARANCE of backward motion. The opportunity is for revision, restructuring, redesigning, etc. of the themes of the planet, sign, and house, activated by the retrograde. The outer planets have very long retrograde intervals. They last for months every year and we become quite well acquainted with their effects.  Mercury and Venus are more frequent and shorter in duration. Mercury retrogrades are somewhat famous and much is written about them. Curiously, Mars goes retrograde the least often of any planet. It also has relatively long hiatus from normal motion compared to the other personal planets. 

This makes MARS retrograde a bit more confusing than most of the other planets. We are not accustomed to it, and it lasts awhile. 

MARS resumes direct motion on 1/12/23 in Gemini. The fiery red planet first moved into Gemini on 8/20/22. Its retrograde, begun on 10/30/22, is now ending. MARS will be finishing an unusually long trip in Gemini on 3/25/23. 

Gemini is a neutral placement for Mars. The challenge can be finding too many places to focus that drive and strength that is natural to Mars. Gemini is very active and mentally stimulating in many different areas. Gemini is well known for seeing all sides of a subject. This is not comfortable for Mars, whose energy likes to manifest more like a laser than a floodlight. Retrograde motion makes the interval even more confusing, but it also exposes one's passions and drive to more information. 

This can become an advantage if the mind has been changed during the retrograde. Once forward motion has resumed the natural strength of MARS can then be very helpful to bring in new creations. Therein lies the strength of this particular retrograde interval. 

MUCH is changing and now Mars energy can be deployed toward the best expression of each individual's choices. That is a useful way to work with Mars, for all people. We all need to summon the native strength of the red planet sometimes.

Asteroid JUNO moves into Aries on 1/13, joining Jupiter and Chiron. JUNO is in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. She is associated with long term relationships. Traditionally, that has meant marriage, organizations, and business partners requiring commitment. Last Summer I suggested that it be expanded to include your most important long term relationship - the one you have with yourself.

Now, along with Jupiter, Juno is beginning a new circuit of the zodiac. She will have the Aries fire element at her disposal to implement everything she learned on the previous cycle. This is a time when taking care of yourself first allows you to be of better service in all ways. JUNO is about wisdom and loyalty, which now may be applied where such traits are most likely to flourish, rather than being bestowed blindly. If those relationships have delivered wounds, CHIRON, the Wounded Healer, is also in Aries and can help find a way toward equilibrium.

URANUS and the NORTH NODE have been within an arc of conjunction since last May. I am mentioning this now because they are in their last month in this aspect before separating in mid- February.

This combination has been in Taurus. The theme has been finding a way to stretch your abilities and soul growth in ways you hoped to achieve when this life contract was first planned. The emphasis is in an Earth sign that is also about abundance/true value, possessions, and determination. 

URANUS has been on, or near, the Point of Avatar in Taurus much of this time. This planet is about sudden changes, rebellion, originality, and can provide great resourcefulness. 

Hopefully you have been taking advantage of this long term alignment to plan, and begin, the next steps of your journey. You still have time to refine your ideas further. This will be time well spent before some of the significant changes coming in 2023 begin.

Be confident and courageous. You can do it!

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

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 Madison NJ, 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.

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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

Maggie Kilbride - Trustee

Story Ducey -


Jo Ann Wormuth - Trustee

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

Renee Ranke - Intuitive Practitioner Program Director

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