Horoscope Review: AstrologyAnswers.com is Almost Real Astrology
Website Slip-ups Tie the Site to a Known Fake
While we were enjoying the money saved from avoiding fake psychic readings from Jenna and Norah and Tupak, new fortunetelling websites were planted or revitalized to do a better job of fooling us. Unlike most fakes, AstrologyAnswers.com's site features cogent articles and a free dream dictionary. They've gone video; astrologer Terence Guardino hosts on the homepage a weekly astrology video usually posted a day late (frustrating! someone's not minding the store). To see the same video posted on time, visit Horoscope 21.com. Guardino is not fake or lying, but he's not exclusive.
On all 12 daily horoscopes you will see the same video of Debra Silverman, astrologer/psychoanalyst, chatting for two minutes in a vague and somewhat irritating fashion about the next few days. On the right side of the page, offering live readings, are, for example, "Mystical Mama," rated five stars from 1,859 reviews, but the reviews aren't accessible. Or "Mara," whose model-perfect made-up face was bought from an image bank, with "900 reviews" customers aren't allowed to see.
Click on "Meet Our Team" at the foot of the page to view the site's collection of astrologers, whose biographies and last names are not available either. This isn't good. "Katherine," presented as a woman just beyond middle age, was once the site's figurehead, but she was bogus. Please know that the "terms of service" page says that AstrologyAnswers.com's daily operations are run not by astrologers old or young, male or female, but by a promotions and marketing company in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, called NewPeak--and remember that when surrendering to them your name and birth date and email address.
Those entering their personal info and thereby giving up their privacy might notice the link in the box saying "Terms." Click it, and bold capitals announce, first thing, that readings and forecasts are "for entertainment only." This means their "astrology answers" are not for those hoping for and paying for real answers.
Darn Those Details
On the Plus Side
On the plus side, the homepage features truthful if bland articles about eclipses, crystals, and other things people don't care about; most want only their daily horoscope. Their three lines of daily horoscope might say, "Give yourself something to enjoy: box of chocolates, nice hot bath, something soothing." Other sites do it better. The customer-service page is the same one used by proven fake "Norah," who shut down "her" longtime URL "PremiumAstrology.com" after thousands of online complaints. The two sites are related.
AstrologyAnswers.com really, really wants your email address. You can choose to receive the site's free email daily horoscopes. They arrive on time with no hard-sell at all, and they're harmless, even comforting. But then you'll be sent "news" emails and offers, multiplying like bunnies until your box is overrun. This is called "drip campaigning." On the corporate end it's called "building a relationship." I unsubscribed from this relationship.
Buy a Free Reading
This site didn't look as bogus as it used to, so I wanted a "Shocking" "Live" sample reading. I entered birth information to get automatically matched with the best available astrologer, psychic, or numerologist. I requested an astrologer and was asked for $5 for five minutes. Anyone purchasing from online psychic/horoscope sites should use a pre-paid, disposable card so that your normal account numbers remain unknown to them. They have subtle ways of getting your unwitting consent to monthly charges and draining your charge account even if you cancel and get new numbers. I backed out after realizing that no live astrologer can generate your birth chart and transits, read them accurately, and answer a question in only five minutes.
For any potential client still eager to buy, AstrologyAnswers.com offers refunds except for its package of six months of online access to "entertainment only" spiritual advisors. This isn't available in the online store; it's apparently offered only to those who buy other stuff first. Not only will they not refund, but they reserve the right to eject clients from spiritual advising at any time for any reason, including asking for an advisor's phone number.
Although this newer approach might be appealing, people with serious questions and tense situations should probably seek advice not from AstrologyAnswers.com,or from any online source, but from reputable, responsible people with real names and licenses.
Sylvia Sky, experienced astrologer, reviews horoscope and psychic sites. Copyright 2014 by Sylvia Sky. Sylvia does not select or endorse the ads appearing on her pages.
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