How to Identify A Fake Astrologer

Have you ever wondered how to tell a real Astrologer from a fake one?  Well, we just found an awesome checklist to help you keep the pretenders away!  The folks over at Exemplore rock for sharing this!

Appropriate Behavior and Rates so you can avoid an Astro-Fail.

  • 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.