Horoscope Review: Deborah Browning's Weekly Horoscopes at Dailyscopes.com
Can Computerized Horoscopes Be Good?
On Sunday evenings Dailyscopes.com updates its weekly Sun-sign forecasts, which cover Monday to Sunday, and if mine isn't posted yet I get impatient--so impatient that I discovered a trick. Clicking on your sign and then the date menu sometimes exposes the coming week's date and its forecast. I can then read it and feel secure.
The weekly forecasts from Belgium-based Dailyscopes.com combine the work of two astrologers. The sections headlined "Family," "Love," "Friendship," "Career," and "Finances," and the Karma Numbers, are by Rita Ann Freeman, a Wisconsin astrologer who seems quite the hot number in her world. After a couple of years I learned to scroll straight down to the "Weekly Overview" paragraph by Deborah Browning.
Resident astrologer at astrologysource.com, Browning, a Canadian, has been forecasting online since 1996. Her site offers an interesting page of free horoscopes, but mainly offers fee services, specifically reports: natal, compatibility and others. They are so cheap ($9.97 for a natal report) they are certainly totally computerized.
Browning's weekly scopes are also computer-assisted. They're good enough that it took even me a long time to catch on, but this week I read: "If you're feeling a bit bitter when it comes to a lover or a would-be lover, you really need to get over it," and it seemed familiar. I googled it, finding it recycled word-for-word in Browning's scopes for all Sun signs, dating back to at least 2005. Discovering Browning's Love Scopes at Cafeastrology.com, based on Venus transits, I find the aspect that generates that message is Venus square Ascendant, which happens twice a year. When Venus squares your Ascendant, "Get over it" is good advice.
There is nothing wrong with recycled and/or recurring statements in astrology, because all planetary patterns or aspects will recur. As long as the computerized forecast reflects current astral conditions, no harm is done. The computer is a great astrological tool, but a computerized horoscope is like a computerized doctor. Only a human astrologer can deliver the whole astral enchilada. But maybe all you want is a bit of a Sunday-night pep talk, free. That's what I want from Browning and I get it.
Deborah Browning's weekly paragraph gets an honorable three stars out of five for being rooted in the math and science part of genuine astrology.
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