6 responses to Hypochondriac diseases will prevail…
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    Comment on Hypochondriac diseases will prevail… (April 27th, 2008 at 17:19)

    I noticed the elaborate rendition of the seal of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on the cover of the Almanac. Never saw that one before.

    Assuming they would mail a copy to me, do you know the price for the English version of the Almanac?

    Also, thanks for the “shout out” in your previous entry Erik. 🙂

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    Comment on Hypochondriac diseases will prevail… (April 27th, 2008 at 22:45)

    I love almanacs! This one sounds very interesting! Love the little joke at the end of your post too! Very funny!

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    Comment on Hypochondriac diseases will prevail… (April 29th, 2008 at 14:29)

    Correctly that is not the “seal” but the coat of arms of Pennylvania.

    Taking a closer look at the cover of the Almanac I notice the horses are seated rather than standing and the eagle atop the crest is facing backward rather than forward. Very interesting. Simply out of curiosity I’d like to find the source and story of this depiction.

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    Reid Hochstedler
    Comment on Hypochondriac diseases will prevail… (May 1st, 2008 at 05:44)

    I think that we shouldn’t really be surprised by the whole astrology thing. There have been articles in the recent past that have addressed the Amish’s willingness to pursue natural remedies. The moon has always seemed to play a part in the lives of Amish people, I remember when I was younger being told that you can only drive fence posts into the ground during certain phases of the moon, because if you don’t they will be loose and eventually come up. It seems like mumbo jumbo but all the older men in my family seem to believe it.


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    Comment on Amish and astrology (May 1st, 2008 at 06:42)

    Amish and astrology

    Reid that is an interesting anecdote. I am curious how it looks with today’s generation…and how widespread such beliefs really are. To me there just seems to be a difference between your average ‘folk’ remedy and the astrological prediction type of stuff. But in the Calender you do see something resembling the latter. My gut feeling is that other parts of that book are used more frequently than the zodiac bits, but…sounds like you have some evidence of similar beliefs in your family.

    Now that I think about it, in some ways it may fit in with the idea that the Amish tend to gravitate towards black and white interpretations of life, strict rules for maintaining order, etc…ie, evidenced by the fundamentalist appreciation of Scripture.

    If the moon and even planets can tell you when to plant and so on, that’s another comforting arrangement, especially in an occupation whose purveyors often end up victim to the whims of nature, ie storms, drought and the like.

    Bill, thanks, you can order one from Raber, I will get the address and price as I’m away from home right now–it’s just a couple of bucks as I recall. So it sounds like that is a rendition of something resembling the PA coat of arms but not exactly? We’ll have to dig a bit deeper to figure that one out…

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    Comment on Hypochondriac diseases will prevail… (November 16th, 2009 at 09:12)

    That is sad… That the Almanac that the Amish use is full of astrology, divination, etc.. It is even sadder that one can not find a Almanac without such junk. As a Puritan I could not allow such into my house as it is against the laws of God. But I would love to have an Almanac to keep up-to-date with the long-range weather, natural remedies, and funny tidbits and stories along with Christian themed teachings and wisdom without the superstition, astrology, and divination stuff.

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