Sylvia Sky, M.A., is an experienced astrologer and author of "Sun Sign Confidential: The Dark Side of all 12 Zodiac Signs".
Generic Readings From Claire
Birth information sent to Claire at Astrology-revealed.com resulted in a real, pie-shaped birth chart with planets included. It had everything—except accuracy. Claire's free reading told me she did a double-take at my "extremely rare" chart and that 43 incredibly lucky days for me would start one month from now. The rest of the "free reading" was lengthy rambling about how I "am owed some good fortune" as well as romance and money. Details were available for $69.
You will receive from Claire the same "canned," generic, and deliberately vague "free reading," so that the "reading" applies to 80 percent of the population. Unfortunately, some people will be fooled into handing over money to "learn more."
"Claire" is fictional, and "her" websites (including Sky-Request.com) are owned by the same company that advertised the fictional and now discredited online astro-clairvoyants Jenna, Norah, and Gabriella. Their websites, all fake, run by a French guy named "Fr33dom," were finally crushed beneath tons of bad reviews and consumer complaints. They were then abandoned, along with their customers. Chief among these sites was PremiumAstrology.com. The owner simply makes up new websites with new names and new fake astrologers. One clue that the astrologers are not real is that they have only one name; real astrologers have first and last names so you can look them up by reputation or buy their books.
The photo of "Claire" is of an ordinary-looking model. After 10 years of following these websites, I was hugely surprised to receive, for the very first time and as part of "Claire's" free reading, an actual computer-generated birth chart, with my rising sign only 10 degrees off. They'd ignored the birth time and set it for "6:00 Noon." The whole chart was therefore inaccurate. Chiron and Lilith were listed but not calculated, simply left at 0'00" Aries, probably because the programmer isn't an astrologer and hasn't heard of Chiron and Lilith. Not everyone has, but I know where they are in my chart. Neither is at 0'00" Aries.
The chart was not explained, nor were the coming planetary transits that Claire said were "once in a lifetime." The Sun and Moon signs and houses a real astrologer would discuss before all else weren't mentioned at all. The reading did say my chart is highly sensitive to Uranus and Pluto, and to a third planet not named.
What Claire emailed me a link to is not a horoscope. Telling people their Pluto is sensitive and their luck will improve is not an astrological forecast. In case you expected better, please know:
- No real astrologer advertises free introductory horoscopes to the entire Internet. How could one person ever handle that work load? Your "free" horoscope will be entirely computerized, with your name and maybe a planet or two slotted in. Enter a friend's birth data and you will get the same reading.
- No real astrologer withholds important information to tease people into reaching for their credit cards.
- There is no "Claire," and no "Diana" (at Star-Request.com), or "Padre" or "Maria," just as there was no "Jenna" or "Norah." These sites were and are all run by the same firm in France. The owner makes money from people attracted by a free offer that fools them into paying.
Buyers have six days to request a refund from Astrology-revealed.com and Sky-Request.com. The old PremiumAstrology.com allowed 30 days. Before paying, read the Terms of Service that say the readings, free or purchased, are "for entertainment only," the characters on the site are admittedly fictional, and it is very difficult to keep the company from charging your credit card monthly.
Some of It Is Factual
Praise whoever in that company decided their online "readings" would seem more legitimate if a chart and three or four astrological facts were included, even if the chart is inaccurate. As the free reading says, a chart's 2nd and 7th houses govern finances and relationships, and the ruling planet of my 7th house is in fact Venus. Empty spacing around that word "Venus" indicated it was slotted in by a computer, just as my name was slotted into this generic "free reading" 13 times.
Claire didn't say what my 7th house governed by Venus might mean, either now or during the transit "likely" to last 43 days. A genuine astrologer could tell you the exact time a particular transit begins and ends. Because the planets move continually, transits occur in all charts at all times. Transits aren't rare. What's rare is an astrologer hinting at a big once-in-a-lifetime transit who won't tell more unless you pay her.
This company's websites can also be identified by their faulty English. The misspelled and ungrammatical emails and materials have actually been upgraded, but you will still see "So in retrograde periods, all of these areas of life are affected when Mercury has passed its shadow state." The homepage templates also share a family resemblance.
Clicking on an ad for Claire's sky-request.com takes you to a special landing page, but googling that URL redirects you to Astrology-revealed.com, proof that they are linked. The owner hasn't yet learned that a morally marginal business with multiple lookalike websites is soon recognized—and shunned.
Why Pay for What's Free?
Order the six-month forecast and in-depth personality reading, promised to arrive in two or three days (or, for an extra $10, in one day), and I guarantee it is 100 percent computerized.
Free and truly accurate computerized natal charts that honestly tell you what they mean are available online and totally free at sites such as alabe.com. Free forecasts for the current week, month, and year can be had from numerous and more credible online astrology sites such as Cafeastrology.com (USA) and Cyberastro.com (India). So why pay?
An even better reason to keep your money: At the very bottom of the homepage is a paragraph, in a subtle shade of gray, openly saying that Astrology-Revealed content is for entertainment only and it's not responsible for what happens if you take it seriously.
Some computerized horoscope interpretations and forecasts can be reasonably good and helpful for a neophyte. But if Claire's free "reading" is a sample of the quality of the paid horoscopes, I'll pass.
Sylvia Sky does not select or endorse the "astrology" or "free readings" ads appearing on her pages. In fact she will investigate and then write about them.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2016 Sylvia Sky
Joel Ephrahim on July 13, 2019:
I was just about to pay
Rebecca98Xo on May 15, 2018:
Damn I’ve just requested a £25 report and asked a personal question for £18. Only just read all these comments and starting to regret this. I only sent these two requests a couple of hours ago - how do I go about getting my money back ASAP?? Many thanks in advance
victoriavictoria on February 12, 2018:
I wish I had read Sylvia Sky's review before I sent Claire my hard earned cash. What a bloody fraud, fake and scammer Claire, or whoever the monster who created her, is. They toy with people's lives and emotions, as well as stealing their money, just when they need this the least in their lives. We contact these scammers, at a stage in our lives when some of us are nearing rock bottom, because they promise to help.
Instead of helping they take advantage of our situations and the only help present in the equation is, the scammers helping themselves to our wallets. Shame on all of them. They are ALL full of shit with Claire at the top of the shit list.
DavidHarkley on May 25, 2017:
Great job, Sylvia!Thank you very much indeed!!!
DavidHarkley on May 25, 2017:
Really helpful as Claire almost got me!!!She stopped writing me emails ( usually I received them on a daily basis) at the moment I told her I have no job, no money but a lot of debts. And I don't mind if she wants to quide me to get out of this extremely difficult situation ... for free and that I can pay her when I get my financial problems sorted.I never heard from Claire again.
tfareola22 on May 05, 2017:
Claire is a scam. I purchased a reading 2 weeks ago out of curiosity. It was all wrong. I paid $69.00. I contacted them and asked for a refund. No response. I then started to dispute on Paypal and still no response. Got Paypal involved and they escalated my claim. They are to get Claire to refund my $69.00. It is all computer generated and false.
Angela Medium on April 10, 2017:
Please SylviaSky , try the best to prevent such type of fake sites to protect peolple and keep their money . I suggest to contact Google staff with approved comments and legal documents to stop any site steal money , particularly astrology sites. as they exploits needs people to any support in their difficulty times.
Angela Medium on April 10, 2017:
I have a different story with Angela Medium site,it firstly starts that my spiritual guide is an extremely benevolent being of light.The Angels want to effortlessly lead you to Wealth, Love, Luck, and triumphant success..etc. angela has contacted with Vehuiah (my guardian angel) showed outstanding a potential for luck and more success with rainfall of money..etc my life will rebuild from scratch on new foundation from this moment.
now I tell you that great changes are brewing in your near future. after many E-mails praise to send payment starts with 69 $ and dcrease gradually to $9 to full reading report for next six months, having expected changes in the few months, I would be luck as I win 20,000 to 30,000 $ around 21 days.
as out of curiosity, I wait three weeks for any amount of money but no thing happen. I sent many Emails to refund my payment but not reply . I reommended to all people take care from this site as it is fully not honest, scamm and I praise anyone have a direct contact to Google to stop this site and investgate main office and address to arrested owner of this ite and refund all payments have been paid and donate to any charit charity assembly. Please Stop this site As soon as Possible
Angela Medium on April 10, 2017:
I have received a lot of E-mails from Angela and paid $69 for total reading , unfortunately it is scammed .
I advise every one to be take from this site and Padre too
PJ on December 10, 2016:
Out of curiosity I purchased a chart from this site. As far as I can see they use the same type of computer generated techniques as Astrodienst based in Zurich. The coding in for the aspects, though generic, is now quite evolved due to the development of synthesis in the software, and therefore is accurate in terms of psychological traits to a degree. It costs around the same as Astrodienst, but with the latter there is a lot more free information and more accuracy with the house cusps. Astrology is not magic so an astrologer,or software, could still predict for someone who has passed away, even if they didn't know they had. Transits and aspects show collective energy and personal karmic tendencies that resonate with the particular codified traits of the planet, which is used as a symbol. There is a universal type of experience often shared in particular aspects, though of course we are all unique at soul level. I think this symbolic frame of reference is like another lens, and can be helpful as a psychological tool for self awareness.
rose-lynn on November 24, 2016:
I requested an astrology chart from claire. I hesitated until i read the reviews. Meanwhile claire was emailing all sort on a daily basis. I did not send money-i wanted to test these reviews out. I then used my dead sister's (god rest her in peace) details in another request to test the scam theory. Lo & behold, a reply came with all sorts of details for a dead woman that she she needed claire's guided help asap, transition mush-mash-dates etc, similar to my request on different birthdates! This proved to me claire is either a machine with a face of a trusted lady on the responses or a scamming machine. People dont be fooled!!
Lloyd on November 21, 2016:
Isent apayment to Claire on 15/11/2016 confirmed by paypal but have received nothing in return. Have sent several emails but have been totally ignored. There seem to be real issues that need rectifying if they value their cedibility.
sammi on October 18, 2016:
I was sucked in by this claire.....but the personality part of the reading was 100% in depth detail of my life like they new me very well I dnt so much believe n the forecast part I only paid one month forecast but I honestly dont no how a computer can tell someones life like that so its a mystery
Jen on October 06, 2016:
Very useful! Thanks!
Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on September 12, 2016:
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on September 12, 2016: