Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT
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Institute for Spiritual Development, Lotus Center 
41-45 Dietz St.
Suite 1
Oneonta, NY 13820

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Rev. Diana Friedell, Director 
Institute for Spiritual Development 
607-433-2089; 607-267-4693

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"Mapping Self through Archetypes: Tarot, Divination, and Psychospiritualism,"

Summer Lecture by Melissa Lavin, Ph.D.

In this 9th of nine Summer Series Lectures, Melissa Lavin, A SUNY Oneonta Professor and tarot card reader looks at ways that tarot and other tools of Divination can help us gain clarity & healing when life knocks us down and confuses us. Rather than giving up, how do we rise again and grow stronger after times of adversity?

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In many traditions, the peacock has great spiritual significance. The likeness of this bird portends transformations of spirit and self, including resurrection and rebirth. The peacock eats poison and does not perish; instead the toxins make its colors sparkle and deepen. This is the resilience of this creature, and this is the resilience of the human creature.

This talk is a call to defy surrender. Tarot (and other tools of divination) can help us to weaponize our struggles to achieve victory in our lives. Specific topics include using the tarot to explore our mental and emotional states, and to heal from trauma.

Your Instructor:

Melissa Lavin Melissa F. Lavin is an Associate Professor at the State University of New York, Oneonta. She received her B.A. in 2003 from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Connecticut. Her research and teaching areas include deviance and crime, medicalization, qualitative research methods, and gender. She serves on the editorial board for the journal Deviant Behavior, as an associate editor for the journal Humanity and Society, and as an affiliate for the journal Symbolic Interaction. Dr. Lavin is also a cartomancer (taroist), a creative writer, and a polyglot.


This Summer the Institute for Spiritual Development and the Darling Hill Farm Retreat House are co-sponsoring a "Metaphysical Lecture & Workshop Series" Continuing Education Program.

Wednesday Evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm held at The Lotus Center July 3rd, 10, 17, 24, and August 7, 14, 21, and 28th

The ‘Summer Spirit Lecture Series’ , includes 9 experiential, in depth metaphysical presentations, held throughout the summer, as the heart of the Program. ISD is show casing  speakers from a variety of spiritual organizations and traditions in our region, to network, socialize, and most importantly learn from one another. 

The entire ‘Metaphysical Summer School’ program also includes:           Weekly Classes, and Message Circles,

and Full Moon Vedic Fire Ceremonies

with Potluck supper: (our most popular summer event!)
With Yogi Tapash. Includes Sanskrit Hymns. $15/$12 members. 6:30 pm—approx. 9 pm.
Sunday June 16 —- Tuesday July 16 — Thursday August 15


Mingle with like-minded folks on these magical summer evenings and explore with us! (check the schedule for event location)

These Summer School Classes and workshops will give a taste of and solid preparation for more class offerings at The ISD Lotus Center in the coming Fall & Winter, which begins on Sept. 14th (Details in process)  (See ISD Website for Details) 


**Our Co-Sponsor:

Darling Hill Farm Retreat House & Gardens

A Spiritualist Retreat House

----a little bit of Lily Dale in Otsego County 

Souls of All Ages and Spiritual Paths Welcome


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