There are 204 Scam Stories submitted by readers -- most of them about naughty "Norah" of Premium Astrology. Thanks to the 'net, readers can compare notes, and many get the 4, 6 and 11 special numbers, and dire warnings about a "transition period."
Truth be told, I once worked for a few months inside a similarly scammy direct mail astrology operation in New York City. At the interview, they wanted to make sure I understood what it was I'd be doing -- writing generic copy about upcoming transits. Basically it was ghostwriting for semi-famous astrologers, one of them John Lennon's personal astrologer (or so he said).
These letters all started, Dear (fill in name), and were all about casting a wide net to the vulnerable and lonely. I didn't feel good about it, and it had that feel of selling your soul. And that's why I turned down the offer to become one of the name astrologers for a handsome monthly stipend. Inwardly I felt like John Proctor in The Crucible, refusing to give his signature... "Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!"
I've long since recalled my soul from that mildly dirty business. And while the name and likeness were real, it with Norah, it's obviously a made-up persona. Sylvia Sky of Horoscope review writes about how Norah aged forty years in a matter of months. She's shown as a kindly older woman and this too is irksome. They are marketing the archetype of the wise woman.
I glanced at the terms and conditions for Norah, and the curious bit about changing the likeness and name "to protect her identity." They cover their backsides if you read the fine print. As it states, "The Editor makes no representations, warranties, conditions or guarantees as to the usefulness, quality, suitability, truth, accuracy or completeness of the website."
I know what it's like to be desperate for answers, and went through my own intense phase of visiting psychics and readers after a bad break-up. This is helpful too, since it kicks in discernment, and when things don't ring true, you circle back to your own truth. So even an "off" experience of a reading, is helpful, if it strengthens your own knowing.The Image Bank/Getty Images