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Horoscope Review: Maria Medium
Will You Be a Star?
Outrageous Claims and Prices
I tested The Medium Maria's free three-card Tarot using three different identities, and got identical readings about the head-to-toe shivers "Maria" got when she saw my name, and how, although my natal chart was "so negative," in four or five weeks Destiny would bring fabulous luck and money.
Many "psychic" websites, such as "Padre" and "Valentina," are owned by the same company as "Maria," and promise luck three or four weeks in the future. These computerized readings, with random "lucky numbers" tossed in, are worthless; four weeks went by with no fabulous luck and money for me. I then tried the printable free "Luck-Force Talisman" Maria emailed, and, as instructed, wrote my name and birth date in red ink on the back of the printed page, said the magic words, and carried it always. After four weeks nothing major had changed for me, but friends suffered a job loss, death of a parent (at age 93), serious medical problems, and discovering that a newly-published book was full of typos. At that point I threw the Luck-Force Talisman away.
The Medium Maria is more disappointing than most online fortunetellers. Although called a "medium," "she" can't channel spirits from beyond; she says she's another type of medium. Although she mentioned my "astral chart," I didn't receive it or learn what made it bad. Her biography says she supplements her clairvoyance with numerology and Tarot. Pictured as a sultry brunette, Maria first appeared online in 2011. Her site claims that her psychic great-grandmother read for royalty, and declares that six months ago a client won five thousand dollars in the lottery, and just two weeks ago won a million. There's no evidence that these assertions are true.
Tarot Shouldn't Cost $79, and Tell Them I Said So
Each of my three identities chose a free three-card Tarot reading, but the site demanded my name, email address, and birth date -- information that real Tarot-card readers never need or ask for. If you confirm the email, get the reading/sales pitch, and ignore it, Maria's urgent emails will follow:
-"We must speak privately"
-"You're risking your future, Sylvia"
-"Wow, extremely intense flashes have confirmed what I already knew about you"
The emails get even crazier:
-"Several million dollars are waiting for you! It is certain, I 'saw' it!"
-"My prodigious Secret, the Golden Lion, will interact on your behalf during the next Boreal Septentride on the Milky Way of Money." (Astrology has no "boreal septentride" or "Milky Way of Money.")
The electronic Tarot used for Maria's free reading uses Major Arcana cards only -- the cards with names, such as The Sun, or The Hermit -- and all are dealt upright. Whatever three cards I got, Maria, in her free reading, exclaimed how moved she was by the combination, "so rare I can't recall ever having seen it before!"
A short and mildly accurate explanation of each card was provided; however, computerized readings can't synthesize card spreads so as to deliver coherent, specific messages, so there isn't one. The lengthy, identical canned results said although a born loser, I was destined by Heaven for love and wealth, so I needed a seven-card reading to reveal the "vibrations that are paralyzing" me, for $79. That's way too high a price for Tarot. Your local face-to-face Tarot reader will give you, in person, a 10-card reading, far more customized, for about $25. Ask around and you will find one. Maria also offered another free Talisman. No, thank you!
Maria Medium's complete online "psychic reading" costs $129. If that and the malevolent Talisman aren't enough to scare you away, see "her" "Online Occult Shop" selling e-books about the powers of candles, auras, dreams, and perfumes; her "bestseller" about candles sells for $49.99. That's an outrageous price for any book, but especially an e-book.
Sylvia Sky, experienced astrologer, writes about astrology, tarot, and other occult matters. Copyright 2015 by Sylvia Sky. Sylvia does does not select or endorse the ads appearing on her pages.