Horoscope Review: "Astrologer Mary" Replaces "Jenna" at The-Astrology.com
Same Reading for Everybody
Always be suspicious of free horoscopes or readings offered by online astrologers who have only one name. True astrologers use their full names so you can google them or buy their books. The sole reason online fortunetellers use only one name is so you can't track them down. In the case of "Jenna," her former website "AboutAstro.com" became so infamous as a scam site that it shut down in late 2014 and redirected to Jenna at The-Astrology.com. At that site as of spring 2016, "Jenna" is no more, and astrologer "Mary" (with a new face and no last name) offers services like "Jenna's." Both are owned by the same French businessman who runs several fake-horoscope sites.
Before submitting your information for Mary's free offer, you must checkmark the "Terms and Conditions" box. Most people won't read the terms, but that's where the site admits that the readings are computerized and Astrologer Mary pictured on the homepage is an "illustrative character," a mere "brand and visual." Mary is fictional and you will not be receiving from "her" a real astrological reading. You'd be much better off casting your own birth chart with free online services at sites such as Cafeastrology.com and then interpreting it with good beginner's books by genuine astrologers like Astrology for Yourself, by Demetra George, or the classic Heaven Knows What by Grant Lewi.
But if the free offer convinces you to send a fictional character your private information, you'll be e-mailed your "free reading": 3600 words of rambling double talk and blither mentioning your name a total of 31 times. It is not a horoscope, because a horoscope would mention all the planets. It is not a true or customized reading of you and your situation. "You are a very good person" and "You will meet someone and they will offer you something" and similar vague statements Mary makes in this message could apply to anyone.
I sent Mary several names and birth dates and every one received this same reading, with only the name and sun sign changed. You don't receive a chart or personality analysis, the dates of future events, or even lucky numbers. Your "free reading" will say an important 103-day transit (which does not exist in real astrology) will bring the turning point you've waited for, plus love and a better career. "In my 25 years of experience I have never seen such strong and intense planetary movement," "Mary" wrote, adding that "astrological transits are rare." That is untrue; planets transit the sky continually, and strong, intense planetary aspects occur every few days.
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After You Get Your Free Reading. . .
Then "Mary" offers her $59 "second reading" with its "gold mine of details": the exact dates I will be lucky and the places I must go and people I must meet, or I will lose out on my luck. The "free reading" says I really must act right now or miss my chance, and links to another lengthy message that requests credit-card info. No real and ethical astrologer says a client "must" act now, or withholds important information from the client so as to get more money.
For fun and to show how careless the owners of the site are, I will point out that Mary's long free reading mentions the "epistomological (sic) origins of your first name" when a person's name is never a factor in genuine horoscopes or Tarot readings, which can be accurately done without knowing your name; and the word she means is "etymological."
Leaving Mary's emails unopened will generate urgent warnings that your rare transit has already begun, although, she says, you can't feel it consciously or unconsciously without her help. Emailed "personal one-week forecasts" attempt to fool you by saying, "On Saturday, July 23, 2016, Jupiter will be passing through the sign of Aquarius," when the fact is that Jupiter is currently in the sign Virgo and will not reach Aquarius until December 19, 2020. Whoever wrote that prediction is too lazy to google simple facts. A reader sent me a "second reading" he unfortunately bought from Mary's predecessor "Jenna," also with grossly incorrect astrology, and with his permission I posted excerpts in an article: Read what Jenna sent for his $79.
Mary also sells reports, such as compatibility or career reports, written by "her" astrologer "team," but doesn't reveal the the material was written in 1995 for outdated astrology software programs and all products are computerized. You won't be getting anything personal or unique to you. And this site doesn't mention refunds. In fact it's already known for not giving them.
"Jenna" at aboutastro.com abandoned "her" site after collecting over the years thousands of bitter consumer complaints. Complaints about "Astro Mary" (who also sells horoscopes through Astromary.com) started up in 2015.
Sylvia Sky, experienced astrologer, monitors online horoscope and psychic sites for quality and accuracy. Sylvia does not select or endorse the ads appearing on her pages. Copyright 2016 by Sylvia Sky.
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