Hot Lines The Best Advice or Costly RRip Offs

Ah—hot lines. These are the toll phone numbers you can dial to get your astrological reading for the day. What can we say? Well, for starters, the rates for these hot lines can be very high, usually well over what you would pay a certified astrologer for a session—as much as 200 percent over that amount, in fact. Many hot lines charge $3 per minute—and that's an hourly rate of $180.

Now there aren't many astrologers who charge that much—and if they do, it's often because they're highly experienced and highly skilled, with tremendous knowledge. Hot lines, on the other hand, are often staffed with people who may know some astrology, but usually not enough to be actual astrologers.

Many of these so-called "astrologers" are purported to be working out of their homes—the phone calls are passed through to them when a caller comes through. There may not be anything wrong with this set-up, but it's also not clear what kind of equipment and skills they're using. Whether the hot-line person is actually doing the client's chart while they're on the phone with the client, for example, is unknown. Some of these people may not even have the software and computer to do the charts, and instead may simply look up the client's birth date information in a book, and then answer questions based on that. It may be better than nothing, but this sort of treatment would certainly provide incomplete information.

If, on the other hand, you went to an actual astrologer, not only would you pay far less and get more accurate and better information, the astrologer would prepare and study your chart and current cycles before meeting with you, in order to get oriented to your needs, challenges, and path.

Because every chart is quite different, there is literally a mystery in every chart just waiting to be unlocked and revealed. No telephone hot-line person is going to be prepared enough, either in training or adequate analysis time, to evaluate and unlock these important aspects for you.

To be fair, though, hot lines are convenient and don't require appointments. But it can be expensive—and may yield wrong, or inadequate, information.

So we say caveat emptor. That's Latin for "let the buyer beware."

AstroLingo

A certified astrologer is someone who has not only studied astrology, but who also has taken professional tests to become certified. These tests are tough. They usually last at least eight hours, and sometimes go for days.

Before you decide to spend your money on a hot line, check with your local certified astrologers first (see "Getting Your Chart Done for You" in Part 4). You could save yourself a whole lot of money—and end up with far better advice.

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Before you decide to spend your money on a hot line, check with your local certified astrologers first (see "Getting Your Chart Done for You" in Part 4). You could save yourself a whole lot of money—and end up with far better advice.

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