November 18, 2021

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
What two newsletters this week? Nope, just a slight correction to our 'What's Happening at ISD Oneonta' section! A corrected date for tonight's final session of Past Life Regression and a reminder that our monthly Magdalene Meditation Circle happens afterwards at 7pm!
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday at our Metaphysical Service on Zoom!!
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”
― Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer

Join us for our magical
Metaphysical Service
This Sunday November 21st at 10am on Zoom.
This Sunday Rev. Diana Friedell will be our Emcee and the homily will be given by Rev. Maggie Kilbride, "Thanksgiving and Gratitude: linked through the heart"
Join us on Sunday by clicking on the below link:

Full Zoom Details:

Topic: ISD Oneonta Metaphysical Service Third Sunday of the Month
Time: Nov 21, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every month on the Third Sun, until Sep 18, 2022, 11 occurrence(s)

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What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • Tonight, Thursday November 18th, 5:30pm-7pm is the final part of our 3 part series Past Life Regression with our own Rev. Story Ducey. Full details below under Adult Education.
  • This series counts as an elective for our Healing Certification Program. Find details on the Healing Certification Program Here
  • Immediately following, from 7-8 pm, is our monthly Magdalene Meditation Circle w/Dale Capristo. The Path of the Magdalene Meditation sessions are an opportunity to join together monthly to activate the healing frequencies of Mary Magdalene in your own life. 

  • Stay tuned to the newsletter for an exciting announcement about our 2022 Intuitive Practitioner Program....coming soon!

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Are you looking for ways to help out in the Oneonta area this Thanksgiving season?

The Oneonta Thanksgiving Community Dinner will be preparing 800 meals to feed our neighbors on Thanksgiving Day, and is now seeking volunteers and monetary donations. Click on this flyer for details.

The Hunger Coalition is sponsoring a Warming Station Project at Main St. in Oneonta. They are open 7 days a week between 5:30 pm and 7:30 am- people can stop in and get shelter from the cold, get something to eat, and even stay overnight. More info about giving donations, volunteering, and further info about the Warming Station can be found in this flyer or on Facebook here:
Please help us to keep offering quality classes, beautiful metaphysical services, and engaging development circles by clicking on the donate button below to make a donation to ISD Oneonta.
No amount is too small! If you are a member making a pledge, please mention that in the comments
Adult Education

Thursday November 4th, Thursday November 11th, and Thursday November 18th 5:30-7pm
Reincarnation and Past Life Regression with Rev. Story Ducey
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! This course is open to all, and also counts as an elective for the Healing Certification Program and the Intuitive Practitioner Program.
Saturday December 4th, 11am-4pm
Dowsing for Health w/Tom Meade
This is an in-person class
Learn to incorporate use of a Pendulum, and dowsing rods, as invaluable tools in your Spiritual Healing Kit, with dowsing expert Tom Meade, from Endicott, NY. In this Workshop, learn to connect with your higher self for energetic/spiritual protection. Find the best solution to lifepath dilemmas & achieve your goals by asking the pendulum!
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
Weekly Circles:

7-8:30pm EST

Oracle Circle

With Story Ducey. These experimental circles will focus on deep meditation for healing and renewal and seeking guidance, teachings and home work from Spirit.
Click below for additional information:
email interest and to get the Zoom
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
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
10-11:30am 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
Monthly Circles:

3rd Thursdays
7-8 pm EST
Next circle is Thursday November 18th
Path of the Magdalene Meditation Sessions
Path of the Magdalene Meditation sessions are an opportunity to join together monthly to activate the healing frequencies of Mary Magdalene in your own life.
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RSVP to Dale to receive the Zoom Link
Check out our November 2021 events calendar on for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.
Gratitude R. Ranke
The treasure we search for
Is found in a companion waiting for you to beckon
A lover wishing to be by your side always
Holding your hand as you rest on the shoreline
Raising you up as you gaze towards the horizon
Your support amongst the swells
Your foundation during the ebbs
Two heartbeats singing as one
Her name is Gratitude;
Do not hesitate to call her forth
Invite her to sit at the head of your table
Awaken with her at sunrise and rest in her arms at sunset
She will provide all the sustenance ever needed
Together you will sing with angels and soar with eagles
Messages of joy appear in the clouds
As you dance in the rain, the colors of the rainbow yet to shine encircling you
Tears when they flow become diamonds and magnified by her trumpet, laughter echoes through the stars

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


Early this coming Friday we have a partial Lunar Eclipse. It will show itself physically to us as a Salmon colored, or Blood Moon. The duration of this Eclipse is the longest in a 580-year span, which will add to its intensity. The time of visibility for the Eastern standard time zone is from 1 am to 7am. It will peak at 4am in the low western sky.

The alignment is the first of 7 Solar and Lunar Eclipses along the Taurus/Scorpio axis lasting the next 18 months. The themes will be the characteristics associated with both of these Zodiac signs. If there is any one thing that can be used to sum up the energies of this Eclipse, it is "leaving behind what no longer serves." Sound familiar? We have been asked to work on this for a while now.

The best of these endeavors will be able to benefit from Taurus's stable, Earth-bound creations that have the real intimacy, deep loving feelings, and the intensity of Scorpio. It is a time when there can conceivably be a magical exchange of your most difficult aspects for your Soul's greatest gifts.

This Eclipse may give you some challenges and discomfort. Stay with it as best you can. Use any and all calming and relaxation methods that work well for you. The natural slowing down of action in November as we go into our Winter months will assist you as well. Allow gentle forces to flow away from you all that is ready to transmute. APPLY THE INNATE KINDNESS OF YOUR HUMANITY THAT WE DISCUSSED LAST WEEK TO YOURSELF!

Chances are you have been aware of and working toward, leaving things behind that no longer enhance your time here on Earth. This is another opportunity to make that shift for yourself. Do not hesitate to ask for assistance from your Guide teams, Angels, Ascended Masters, Higher Self, and, of course, what you believe CREATOR to be. You never have to do this alone.

Additional influences on this alignment are Venus and Mars, the ruling planets for Taurus and Scorpio. Venus is the Goddess of our Solar System. She is Grace and Divine Love in her purest expression. She is coming into her moment to shine. Mars is the drive that helps us take action. Courage, Nobility, and Divine Structure are Mars at his best. The New Aquarian Age we are in is encouraging Mars to adjust his expression from aggressive warrior to something more benevolent.

The Native American cultures refer to this as the Beaver Moon. I think there is a way to incorporate this very nicely into the other prevalent energies. Beavers are the Builders. Their dams are magical habitats that support an entire ecosystem. When the dam breaks the Beavers immediately begin repairs. They discern which materials to use for repair, and which ones to leave out of the new structure. They also know when the site of their creation is no longer supported by the energies of the area. Sometimes they move on to more beneficial ground.

Applying this to our creations begs the question; which materials should remain in our life's structure, and which ones shall be allowed to join the flow away from us for transformation and rebirth? This Eclipse will help you decide and implement your choices
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Connie tells us about tonight’s lunar eclipse in ‘Connie’s Celestial Conversations’, but do you want to be able to view it yourself? This article talks about what time the eclipse can be viewed in your area (cloud cover allowing) and also has links to articles about how to photograph the moon ( if you want to try and take pictures), phases of the eclipse explained, and an interactive eclipse map. 

  • From the moon to the sun! Archaeologists believe that they have unearthed one of the lost Egyptian Sun Temples. The temple, lost for 4,500 years, has been found buried in the Egyptian desert south of Cairo and the find is being called ‘the biggest discovery in decades’. This article details the find.

  • The Cambridge Dictionary word of the year has been announced. This word was looked up globally over 243,000 times. You will have to read This article to find out what the word of the year is, but it is a pretty meaningful one and sums up our 2021 journey pretty well!

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 SEVEN ISD chapters?
It all began with ISD Sparta NJ!
Now there are also chapters in Madison NJ, Washington DC, Sarasota Fla, Treasure Cost Fla, Middle Tennessee, 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
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, Jo Ann Wormuth at the below ISD website link:

Looking for some easy ways to donate to ISD Oneonta?
You can donate your cans and bottles or set up a donation when you shop with Amazon

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.
Shopping through Amazon this holiday? Use AmazonSmile and choose Institute for Spiritual Development, Oneonta NY as your charity and we will get a donation from Amazon each time you shop.

How to use AmazonSmile on a web browser:
  • Visit
  • Sign in with the same account you use for
  • Select Institute for Spiritual Development Oneonta, NY as your charity
  • Start shopping! Remember to checkout at to generate a donation for ISD
How to use AmazonSmile using the Amazon app on your mobile phone:
  • Open the Amazon Shopping app
  • Navigate to the main menu (=)
  • Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile”
  • Select Institute for Spiritual Development Oneonta, NY as your charity and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app
  • Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation for ISD
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!
ISD Oneonta Board of Directors
Shown left to right, Kimberly Winsor, Rev. Amanda Hoover
Kimberly Winsor - President
Sali Dellysse - Treasurer
Susan Owens - Secretary
Tom Landon - Trustee
Maggie Kilbride - Trustee
Story Ducey - Trustee
Melissa Stagnaro - Trustee
Renee Ranke -ex officio
Amanda Hoover - ex officio
Diana Friedell - ex officio

Our ISD Leadership
Shown left to right, Rev. Diana Friedell, Rev. Story Ducey
Diana Friedell - Pastor
Amanda Hoover - Co-Director
Story Lucile Ducey,
Adult Education/Programming Chair
Ministry Training Program
Renee Ranke – Co-Director, Adult Education/Programming Co-Chair
& Newsletter Editor
JoAnn Wormuth Director of Healing

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