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How to choose one’s astrologer?
by Richard Pellard
English translation by Julien Rouger

Anyone can call themselves an astrologer. All you have to do is screw a plate on your door and make yourself known through advertising. No official and credible organization sanctions the skills of astrologers. In such a context, crooks and charlatans abound. However, there are serious astrologers. How to recognize them?

Guaranteed scams

“Seen on TV”: uncouple!

Above all, do not think that the astrologers who regularly appear on the small screen are the best, the most reliable, the most serious. An appearance on television is not a guarantee of honesty and competence. It is even most of the time exactly the opposite: the most famous and the most media are usually the worst. They are only looking for their own glory and your money. They use astrology much more than they serve it. They use their junk notoriety to make you pay dearly for their services and consultations.

“Qualified astrologer”: flee!

No officially recognized university grants degrees in astrology. On the other hand, there are many private astrology schools or institutes. These establishments offer training, most often by correspondence. Many people claim to be “subject to state educational control” as part of continuing education. Don’t be fooled: the state is only interested in the financial statements of these schools, and has no pedagogical control over the lessons they provide. Astrologers who award or exhibit certificates throw smoke and mirrors at you.

“Hereditary Astrologer”: get away!

Astrology is not a gift from heaven that is transferred through genetic heritage, but a science that is studied for very long years. The astrologer is neither a seer nor a medium, but the practitioner of an unknown science.

“Astrolog of past lives”: for fun!

Astrology has nothing to do with reincarnation. Your astral chart does not say anything about your past or future lives: it tells you about your way of living your present existence. Worse: the reincarnationist astrologers disempower you and make you feel guilty by making you believe that all your current troubles come from the bad deeds you have committed in your past lives. Know this: your karma is not written in the stars of the solar system. Reincarnationist astrology is an intellectual and spiritual scam.

“Astro-Tarot-voyance”: mistrust!

Do not confuse clairvoyants and astrologers: one can be an astrologer without being clairvoyant, and vice versa. Some authentic clairvoyants (they are very rare) use astrology to better understand the psychological profile of their clients. Some serious astrologers (they are even rarer) combine astrological knowledge and the gift of clairvoyance. The “astro-seers” who claim to be such in their advertisements are generally crooks or fanatics. And a good astrologer doesn’t need Tarots or crystal balls to do their job.

“Astro-gurus”: in the hole!

A serious astrologer does not play guru. He has no spectacular spiritual message to deliver direct from the stars through the horoscopes. He does not have to propose or impose his religious beliefs on you. If he has the look of an inspired druid or a visionary Hindu sage, take to your heels: it’s going to cost you dearly and you won’t get the kind of service you’d expect from a genuine astrologer.

The good tips

Word of mouth

This is one of the best methods to find a reliable astrologer. Ask those around you. If people who seem to you to be sensible, reasonable and trustworthy advise you to go see this or that astrologer, chances are you will not be disappointed. On the contrary, beware if this advice comes from people who are too mystical or too credulous: astro-charlatans are very good at making followers of it!

Professional guides

Some publishers regularly publish Guides that give you the addresses of astrologers, numerologists, tarologists and clairvoyants. In most of these Guides, available in specialized bookstores, you will also find opinions on these practitioners, a bit like in the Gastronomic Guides. Some of these Guides are the result of serious investigations, such as the Guide des voyants et des astrologues of. Alexandre & A. Mathon (Éditions Philippe Lebaud 1988) or the Guide astrologique by J. Halbronn. The best often rubs shoulders with the worst: it’s up to you to form your own opinion. Also be aware that there are fake Guides that practice masked advertising. Their authors invite astrologers and clairvoyants to publish their addresses there, accompanied by always glowing judgments. By carefully reading the first or last pages of this type of work, you will find references to the editorial form of this type of book: the law obliges them to do so. So keep your eyes open, and the good one!

The prior appointment

If you have time and patience, this is also an excellent method to sort out the wheat from the astrological chaff. Phone an astrologer you heard about by word of mouth or whose contact details you found in a real Guidebook. Ask him if you can meet him to chat with him for free before committing to a real consultation. So you can form your own opinion. If he is simple, humble, open, understanding and understandable and does not seek to impress you, you can go for it: in addition to these qualities, he may also be competent! Of course, do not abuse his time: this is only a quick first contact. If he refuses this preliminary interview, question him on the phone to test him. If he is evasive, confused, obscure, or too sure of himself and too bombastic in his answers, hang up and go elsewhere.

Specialized sections of bookstores

This is still a very good method, but it requires even more time and patience than the previous one. All major bookstores have shelves specializing in esotericism and astrology. Leaf through astrology books (not the small horoscope booklets: scam!). If an author gives you a good impression of depth and seriousness, ask his publisher for his address. He will gladly communicate it to you.

… and luck!

90% of astrologers are charlatans, ignorant or incompetent. Unfortunately, that’s how it is. To find the rare pearl, you can always count on your luck, your little finger, your flair or your intuition. Sometimes it works… but use the previous tips instead: it’s much safer!

This article was brought to you by Richard Pellard
English translation by Julien Rouger

See also:

▶ Astrology and clairvoyance: the difference
▶ Choose your “seer”
▶ Ike Uncyfar and the Astrologerz on video
▶ L’astrologie peut-elle prévoir l’avenir ?

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