Updated July 2018: Real astrologers can give you valuable insight when you're facing a hard decision. Numerous books have been written on the accuracy of real astrology readings. Even Nancy Reagan swore by astrologers – using them to plan every aspect of Ronald Reagan's presidency – from meetings to document signings – helping him to become one of the most popular U.S. Presidents in history.
Yet, it can still be hard to find real astrologers. Everywhere you look on the Internet you see ads and websites for fake astrologers. But if you want to get the best astrology reading, you need to know how to identify real astrologers.
How to Know You Are Getting a Fake Astrologer
1. Fake astrologers claim to be psychics or mediums. Astrology is a math-based science that requires extensive study to learn. It isn't based on intuition or conversations with angels or spirit guides. Any information you provide about your personal life or background may be used to create a fake astrology report.
Real astrologers ask for you birth date, time and place. They also need the birth date, time and place for anyone you ask about. They can't do an astrology report without this information, but this is the ONLY information they need. If you don't know your exact time of birth, don't worry. They can still make a chart for you, but it may not be as accurate.
2. Fake astrologers talk about the “stars.” Real astrologers talk about your planets. They'll discuss all the planets used in astrology – Venus, Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, and the rest. They'll tell you about your Sun sign (the sign people talk about when checking horoscopes in magazines or asking “what's your sign?”) and how it's a very small part of your astrology chart.
Real astrologers will tell you that your astrology chart is much more complicated than a single sign. It's a mix of all the planets, where they were located when you were born, where they're located today, and how each planet relates to every other planet in your chart. Knowing if you have six planets in Pisces or a trine between the Sun and the Moon can tell you a lot more about yourself than just knowing your Sun sign.
3. Fake astrologers play on your emotions and tell you what you need to do. Real astrologers give you facts. They base their readings on math and study.
In the past, many fake astrologers claimed to have celebrity clients to lure people in. Today, some real astrologers have become popular amongst celebrities, and use the names of their celebrity clients in their bios and the about pages of their websites. Fake astrologers are unlikely to provide names of their “clients”. However, do your research to determine if the astrologer is real or fake – don't rely on just this.
4. Fake astrologers deliver readings to your email inbox in minutes. A real astrology report takes at least a day to create. A real astrologer will also analyze the report and set-up a time to go over the report with you and answer any questions you may have. It's normal for the meeting to last for a half hour or longer. If you're new to astrology, the meeting is a great time to learn how astrology works as the astrologer breaks down your chart and delves into the influences of the planets.
Personally, I've found the best readings take an hour or longer. A half hour reading might be perfect for you, but for me they feel rushed, as if “something is missing.” The extra time is great for asking questions – which is also one of the ways to spot a fake: Real astrologers encourage you to ask questions during your session. Fake astrologers encourage you to buy another report to get answers to any questions.
5. Fake astrologers charge by the minute. Astrology doesn't use the same formula as a pay-by-the-minute psychic hotline. A real astrologer usually charges $100 or more to create and analyze your astrology chart. The fee includes meeting with you to go over your chart and their analysis.
Today, many astrologers use software to create astrology charts, as the time and calculations involved in finding the placement of the planets in your chart are quite extensive. Even with the use of software, the astrologer will still personally analyze your chart. (Note: some astrologers still perform the calculations by hand.)
6. Fake astrologers don't want their sessions recorded. Real astrologers allow their sessions to be recorded, and usually do it for you. If your session is by phone, they will likely give you a phone number to call into with an access code, much like a teleconference.
7. Fake astrologers use words like “shocking” or “eery” to describe horoscopes. Real astrologers work with facts. They won't tell you if your chart is good or bad. They will provide you with advice on how to deal with planetary alignments that may prove challenging. For example, they might say, “You have a Saturn-Mars conjunction which might cause you to hold yourself back from things. It may be beneficial to lighten up and focus on overcoming your fears.” Or if they're a vedic astrologer, they may recommend different remedies to help difficult planetary influences.
Just remember, a real astrologer won't tell you when you'll meet your soulmate or when you'll win the lottery.
A real astrologer won't tell you your life is in danger.
Only fake astrologers will tell you that.
P.S. I wrote this article many years ago based on my personal experiences with real and fake astrologers. Sylvia Sky also wrote an article discussing real astrologers here. As you can tell, they are different articles on the same topic. Sylvia's article is well-written and provides additional information, thus I am kindly providing a link to it to benefit my readers. You should check it out! With so many fake astrologers around, do as much reading and research as you can to help you tell real astrologers from fakes.
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