Horoscope Review: "AstroMary" at The-Astrology.com
Same Reading for Everybody
Free readings offered by online astrologers such as AstroMary at The-Astrology.com tempt many people, so if you cannot resist the offer at The-Astrology.com, and are willing to send a perfect stranger you found on the Internet your private information, here's what you will get: an email link to a 3600-word computerized download of rambling double talk and blither, mentioning your name a total of 31 times.
And when you are fooled by "free" you get what you paid for:
- It is not a horoscope, because a horoscope would discuss all the planets, not just a few. In real astrology, every planet is important.
- It cannot be a genuine horoscope if you did not include your birth time.
- It is not a true or customized reading of you and your situation. Vague statements that "Mary" makes, including, "You are a very good person" and "You will meet someone and they will offer you something" are designed to apply to 80 percent of a random population, and that's why you believe they apply to you.
- 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.
- "Mary" will say in your reading, "In my 25 years of experience I have never seen such strong and intense planetary movement," and adding that "astrological transits are rare." That is untrue; planets transit the sky continually, and strong, intense planetary aspects occur every few days.
I sent Mary several different names and birth dates and every one of them received the exact 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.
The homepage at The-Astrology.com still features an old article about the solar eclipse of August 2017 and "your Chinese horoscope" for the year 2018. Someone's not minding the store, and if you have a complaint about AstroMary or want a refund or personal contact, chances are there's nobody there.
Before submitting your information for Mary's free offer, you must checkmark the "Terms and Conditions" box. Most people won't read the terms and conditions, but that's where the site admits it offers "only a study produced with the assistance of a computer program" and AstroMary, pictured on the homepage, is an "illustrative character," a mere "brand and visual." There is no Mary. She is a fiction. And you have no chance of receiving a real reading.
A Real Horoscope Chart
After You Get Your Free Robotic 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 has a link to another lengthy message requesting my credit-card information. No real and ethical astrologer says a client "must" act now or lose their luck, or withholds important information from the client so as to get more money.
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. Those readings 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, Jupiter will be passing through the sign of Aquarius," when the fact is that Jupiter is currently in the sign Sagittarius and will not reach Aquarius until December 19, 2020. Whoever wrote that prediction is too lazy to Google simple facts.
Always Check a Site's Reputation
"AstroMary" is owned by a Frenchman who runs several disreputable astrology and fake-psychic sites, and the fictional AstroMary is a replacement for her infamous fictional predecessor "Jenna," who drew so many consumer complaints that the site was forced off the Internet. A reader sent me a "second reading" he unfortunately bought from "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 that 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.
Forget refunds. The "Terms of Service" state that you have 14 days to get a refund -- but only if you have not opened the email link to your "reading." If you did open and read it, too bad!
"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. Look at them and then decide for yourself what you are going to do with your life.
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