Horoscope Review: Claire at Astrology-Revealed and Sky-Request: How Real?
This Will Reveal as Much as Claire Will
Generic Readings from Claire
Birth information sent to Claire at Astrology-revealed.com resulted in a real birth chart, pie-shaped, with planets and everything except accuracy. Claire's free reading told me she did a double-take at my "extremely rare" chart, and 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" and generic "free reading," deliberately vague so that the "reading" applies to 80 percent of the population, a few of whom 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 -- and 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 -- and 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 without gypsy makeup. After 10 years of following these websites I was hugely surprised to receive, for the very first time, 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 6 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 period's all of these areas of life are affected when Mercury has passed it's 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 6-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--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.
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