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Horoscope Review: Bethea Jenner at Joypeaceandhappiness.com
What Bethea Promises
She's a Real Person!
The long corny URL "joypeaceandhappiness.com" leads you to Bethea, also at BetheaJenner.com, who advertised having a "sixth sense" and offers free weekly astrological forecasts, free Tarot, and a free biorhythm chart. She sounds like a typical fake astrologer. But unlike online "psychics" such as Gabriella who are not real people, Bethea Jenner is a real and intelligent person with genuine astrological background. She had a modest career as an astrologer for British radio and London's Daily Mirror newspaper, and of course a website.
But then, like many other media astrologers, Jenner suddenly claimed to have psychic powers and the keys to joy, peace, and happiness. (The URL "myhealthwealthandhappiness.com" also led you to Bethea.) She's what I call an Online Psychic 2.0, a genuine astrologer who decided to style herself as a psychic, knowing full well that there is nothing "psychic" about astrology, and hawking tacky $120 "power bracelets" with horseshoe and dice charms. She knew that instant "psychic" readings -- no charts or years of study required -- make a lot of money, and much faster than legitimate sidelines such as birth charts and books.
It might surprise you, but professional astrologers rarely make a living from astrology. People balk at paying certified experts $100 for an hour-long consultation using real birth and transit charts. Yet crowds of thousands are positively eager to pay $6.99 a minute for an instant "psychic" reading, which amounts to $419 an hour. Let's say you're Bethea and strapped for cash. Which business model would you prefer?
She's Not the Only Sellout Astrologer
As an Online Psychic 2.0, Jenner also had a blog, a Facebook page, and videos on YouTube, obviously reading her lines and not looking particularly healthy, wealthy, joyful, or happy. When you asked for your free reading you got computerized advice.
Instead of monetary success, Jenner racked up a negative reputation among consumers. At BetheaJenner.com, she describes herself accurately as an astrologer and author. But when you send your email address for her free weekly forecast, there it is: She titles herself a "world-renowned psychic" once again, and just like any fake psychic tells you that you have a special destiny and exceptional aura and that "Your personality has drawn me like a magnet." Five minutes after I input my email address I received Bethea's message saying she has spent "hours" studying my charts. After that, Bethea's emails are relentless and surreal: Buy and wear this $100 "horn of plenty" pendant and you are promised a direct connection to the Archangel Gabriel plus a house with cathedral ceilings and granite countertops.
This is all really sad. Not only for Bethea Jenner, but for any customers she has. Her last blog post appeared on 21 August 2008. The "Biorhythms" button on her homepage leads to a nonfunctional page. "A Look at the Stars" has a forecast for the year 2015 and some planetary transits, so the site is not dead. But her reputation is.
No, Bethea is not one of the famous Jenners, or related to them. And she is not the only astrologer doing this, to the detriment of their honor and their honorable profession: either claiming personal psychic powers or lending their names to a roster of "live expert psychics" listed on the website.
Sylvia Sky, experienced astrologer, monitors and reviews online horoscope and psychic sites for quality and accuracy. Copyright 2010-2015 by Sylvia Sky. Sylvia does not select or endorse the ads appearing on her pages.