Horoscope Review: AstrologyAnswers.com is Almost Real Astrology
Real, Except for the Readings
Not long ago AstrologyAnswers.com had you click on "Meet Our Team" to view the site's collection of astrologers, whose biographies and last names were not available. "Katherine," presented as a woman just beyond middle age, was the site's figurehead, but she did not exist and that became obvious.
Instead now the site promotes Adrian--meaning Adrian Ross Duncan, a real, credentialed astrologer--as their "founder," although he is not, and he appears in the site's introductory video although readings by Adrian Ross Duncan are not available through AstrologyAnswers.com. Duncan allows AstrologyAnswers.com to sign his name to emails and readings he did not write, to give the illusion that its free readings, emails, and consultations are legitimate astrology. Those are fake.
AstrologyAnswers.com is very clever. It features daily horoscopes with genuine content, and video astrologers Debra Silverman and Terence Guardino, who syndicate their videos--Silverman every three days, and Guardino once a week. They are real astrologers and what they say is not fake, adding to the aura of legitimacy that AstrologyAnswers wants so you will buy its readings. But you can't get real readings from any real astrologer through AstrologyAnswers.com. Duncan, Silverman and Guardino all sell readings through their own websites only.
The "terms of service" page says that AstrologyAnswers.com's daily operations are run not by astrologers but by a promotions and marketing company in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, called New Peak Media. It says also that its personal readings are entertainment only. Visit this site for the daily horoscopes or the videos, if you like, but not for personal, individualized readings.
When I contacted customer service about getting a consultation with Adrian, it linked me to this page which in December 2016 offered me my free horoscope for 2015.
About Adrian Ross Duncan and the Free Reading
The AstrologyAnswers homepage, facelifted since the last time I looked, features truthful if bland articles about, for example, cocktails for each sign of the zodiac, what gifts to buy for each sign, and other things people don't much care about; most want only their daily horoscopes. Fortunately they're available through colorful links right at the top, and they are good ones.
Free introductory readings are available when you surrender your birth date, birthplace, employment status, marital status, and other personal information to New Peak Media. Then you'll see Adrian in his video talking about how glad he is to see you and the mini-reading he will soon email. It will be headed "From the Desk of Adrian Ross Duncan," and show a horoscope chart that the mini-reading will not explain or discuss.
These readings are all the same except for your name and birth date. They say an incredible transit is coming up for you, that "love plays an important role in your life" and other generalities that apply to anyone. You'll get a "lucky number" although lucky numbers have nothing to do with astrology. It will mention singer Susan Boyle's overnight success, and eventually lead you to a page offering a full reading for $87 (three payments of $29) or $67 if you pay all at once.
This will be a computerized reading they can send you in under a minute. Remember, this site openly says that its readings are "for entertainment only."
I searched the site for how to get a personal reading from Adrian Ross Duncan, who had signed of all the AstrologyAnswers emails I received, but he's not listed on the AstrologyAnswers.com "experts" team among "Mara" and "Luna" and other unlikely names with model-beautiful avatars. Because expertise comes only with decades of experience, I'd prefer a mature astrologer such as Duncan, Debra Silverman and Terence Guardino, if they offered personal guidance through the site, but they don't. You must pay to become a member if you want guidance from AstrologyAnswers "experts" like Mara and Luna.
The previous time I examined this site, the customer-service page was the same one used by proven fake "Norah," forced by the pressure of thousands of online complaints to shut down "her" longtime URL "PremiumAstrology.com." The two sites are related. The proof has now been removed from the site, but before then I captured the screenshot below.
Readings and Refunds
Still want to call even if the real astrologers don't work there? Customers purchasing from online psychic/horoscope sites should always use a pre-paid, disposable credit card so your normal account numbers remain unknown to them. Websites that conflate astrology with clairvoyance and palmistry have subtle ways of getting your unwitting consent to monthly credit-card charges. In case you do seek answers from the "experts" at AstrologyAnswers, realize that no live astrologer can generate your birth chart and transits, read them accurately, and answer an astrological question in only five minutes.
AstrologyAnswers.com offers refunds for its products if it's been less than 30 days, except for its package of six months' online access to its "entertainment only" expert advisors. According to the Terms of Service page, using the site means you waive your rights to sue in court or join a class-action suit. AstrologyAnswers.com can also eject clients from spiritual advising at any time for any reason, including asking for an advisor's personal contact information.
Although this website might be more appealing and ambitious than before, fizzing with color and video greetings, people with serious questions and tense situations should probably seek advice not from AstrologyAnswers.com,or from any online source, but from reputable, responsible advisers with real names whom they can meet in person.
Sylvia Sky, experienced astrologer, reviews horoscope and psychic sites. Copyright 2016 by Sylvia Sky. Sylvia does not select or endorse the ads appearing on her pages.
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