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Horoscope Review: AstrologyAnswers.com is Almost Real Astrology
The Daily Horoscopes Are Real, but Avoid the Readings
Not long ago on the website AstrologyAnswers, you could click on the "Meet Our Team" tab and view the site's collection of astrologers, whose biographies and last names were not shown. "Katherine," presented as a woman just beyond middle age, was the site's figurehead, but she did not exist.
Now the site promotes Adrian Ross Duncan as their founder, a real, credentialed astrologer, but although he appears in the introductory video, readings by him are not available. Duncan allows AstrologyAnswers to sign his name to emails and readings he did not write, creating the illusion that its free readings, emails, and consultations are legitimate astrology.
AstrologyAnswers is very clever. It features daily horoscopes with genuine content, and astrologers Debra Silverman and Terence Guardino publish videos weekly. They are real astrologers, and what they say is not fake, adding to the aura of legitimacy that AstrologyAnswers wants to emit so you will buy their readings. But you can't get any real readings from an astrologer through AstrologyAnswers, because Duncan, Silverman, and Guardino all sell readings through their personal websites only.
When I contacted customer service in December about a consultation with Adrian, I was linked me to a page offering my free horoscope for 2015.
The terms of service page says AstrologyAnswers' daily operations are by a promotions and marketing company in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, called New Peak Media. It also says that its personal readings are entertainment only.
Users should visit this site for daily horoscopes or videos, but not for personal, individualized readings.
Free Introductory Readings Aren't Tailored to You
The AstrologyAnswers homepage, which has received a facelift since the last time I visited the site, features truthful if bland articles about, for example, the best cocktails for each sign of the zodiac, gifts to buy for each sign, and other things people don't much care about. Most people are simply looking for their daily horoscopes. Fortunately, they're available via colorful links at the top of the page, and are very good.
Free introductory readings are available if you surrender your birth date, birthplace, employment status, marital status, and other personal information to New Peak Media. After doing this, a video of Adrian will appear where he talks about how glad he is to see you and the mini-reading he will soon send to your inbox. It will be headed "From the Desk of Adrian Ross Duncan," and show a horoscope chart that the mini-reading does not explain or discuss.
These readings are all the same, except for your name and birth date. The gist of what they convey is that an incredible transit is coming up for you, "love plays an important role in your life," and generalities that could apply to anyone. You will also get a "lucky number," despite that 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.
The reading is computer-generated content that will be sent to 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 all of the AstrologyAnswers emails I received, but he's not listed on the "experts" team among "Mara," "Luna," and other names with beautiful avatars. Because expertise comes only with decades of experience, I would prefer a mature astrologer such as Duncan, Silverman, or Guardino, but these astrologers don't offer personal guidance through the site. Even if you are okay with settling for guidance from "experts" like Mara or Luna, you must pay to become a member.
The previous time I examined this site, the customer service page was the same as that used by fake astrologer "Norah." Pressured by thousands of online requests that she shut down her website PremiumAstrology.com, Norah seems to either be disguising herself as AstrologyAnswers, or the two sites have merged. All traces of this have been removed from the site, but I captured a screenshot before the change as proof.
Still interested even if real astrologers don't work at AstrologyAnswers? Keep these tips in mind:
- Customers purchasing from online psychic and horoscope sites should always use a prepaid, disposable credit card, so your normal account numbers remain unknown.
- Websites that conflate astrology with clairvoyance and palmistry have mastered subtle ways of getting your unwitting consent to charge your credit card on a monthly basis.
- Be aware that no live astrologer can generate and read your birth chart and transits or answer an astrological question in only five minutes. If you are receiving an answer this quickly, the information is most likely computer generated.
AstrologyAnswers offers refunds for all products if it's been less than 30 days, with the exception of the package providing six months' online access to its expert advisors. According to the terms of service page, using the site means you waive your right to sue in court or join a class-action suit. AstrologyAnswers 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, or from any online source for that matter, but from reputable, responsible advisers with real names whom they can meet in person.
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