How to Tell Real Astrologers from Fakes
Don't waste your money on fake astrologers. Here are ways to gauge who is probably fake and who is worth your time and money. To get the best results, know what to look for and research your choice of astrologer before spending any money:
- Real astrologers do not claim also to be psychics and mediums. Astrology is learned. It is not "psychic."
- An online astrologer who always goes by just one name is fake. "Jenna" is fake. "Norah" and "Padre" and "Pasqualina" are fake.
- A fake will tell you about "your stars." A real astrologer will tell you about "your planets."
- Real astrologers will ask for your birth time, date, and place. They also need a birth date, time, and place for anyone you are asking about, such as a spouse. They will tell you truthfully that they can't give you accurate information without these facts.
- A real astrologer will tell you that sun-sign astrology is very simplified astrology, and that truly accurate horoscopes are custom-made for individuals and are much more involved.
It's Best to Meet Your Astrologer in Person
If you can make an appointment with and meet an astrologer in person, he or she is probably a genuine practitioner. Ask for references, or to see a certificate (proof the astrologer has taken a standardized test or graduated from an astrology course). Note: Many astrologers are self-taught or have studied with experienced teachers, but might not have taken the tests. Here is a link to the American Federation of Astrologers (AFA) list of their certified professional astrologers. You will notice there are relatively few. The tests are extremely demanding and no computer calculations are allowed. Other legitimate certification programs come from NCGR or ISAR or Kepler College. But an astrologer with good references is probably fine.
"Intuitive" or "psychic" astrologers might not be lying when they say they think they can "intuit" or use psychic power to "do astrology," but real astrology is never a matter of intuition or psychic power; it's about math and skill.
- A real astrologer will be glad to give you references.
- A real astrologer will give you his or her contact information.
- A real astrologer will never tell you what you "must" do.
- A real astrologer or Tarot reader does not have an offer online for a free introductory reading.
Appropriate Behavior and Rates
- A horoscope reading cannot solve your personal problems. If your situation is overwhelming, or involves bodily harm, a real astrologer will refer you to counseling or other resources.
- An astrologer who has been in business only a short time, or is very young, may be the real thing but may not be experienced at interpreting charts for clients.
- An astrologer who pushes you hard to buy a reading, or sends repeat e-mails, or otherwise makes you uncomfortable, is probably fake.
- An "astrologer to the rich and famous" is likely a fake. If his clientele was really the rich and famous, he would be making a good living and not needing to advertise.
- A real astrologer will take at least a day or two, sometimes longer, to create your chart and study it before setting up a meeting to interpret it for you and answer your questions.
- A real astrologer prefers not to give readings over the phone, although sometimes it can't be helped.
- A real astrologer will give you an hour or a half-hour of time in which to answer your questions about your horoscope.
- A real astrologer charges professional rates for consultations. $100 per hour is about right; some charge as much as $200. Remember that they have worked on your chart and its interpretation before meeting with you. If they are real astrologers, you will not have to have this same reading done over again.
- Real astrologers often record the session for you, or, if they're older or not comfortable with the technology, will let you record the session.
- Today's astrologers commonly use computers to calculate astrological charts, but proper chart interpretation can be done only by a human astrologer. It's like your doctor: She gets the results of your lab tests, but she has been specially educated as to how to interpret what they mean for you.
- No real astrologer will ever tell you that horoscopes are "spooky," "shocking," or "scary." Real astrologers don't want to scare people. They want to help people.
- An astrologer who says you have a terrible chart and there's no hope for your business, love life, or whatever, is fake or very sick in the head; even more so if he suggests your future success depends on buying more readings from him.
- A husband and wife team, or parent and child team ("I can't meet you Thursday, but Bob can") who claim that they are both mediums/psychics, is fake.
- A real astrologer will not be so specific as to say, "You will meet a tall dark stranger," or "Yes, he is having an affair with your best friend," or "You will lose your job in two weeks, then go work at Wal-Mart." He or she will talk about planetary conditions and likelihoods, saying something like, "Saturn is entering your tenth house, and for the next two years job or career matters may be challenging. It may help you in this area of your life to become serious and organized."
- No real astrologer will speculate about your lifespan.
- A real astrologer cannot tell you the exact date, time, and place you will meet your "soulmate," or what his name is, and what he will look like. To answer those questions, you really need a fake.
© 2010 SylviaSky