Astrology

“Intuitive counselors” taking investors for a gullible ride

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Even really smart people fall prey to wishful thinking and flowery third-party advice when they feel out of control. Economic uncertainty has resulted in a psychic boom. Same as it ever was… Source: Psychic readings: How executives are making a fortune through psychics – Fortune It’s well known that successful professionals have a coterie of…

Rumors are that it will be a disastrous week

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A Blood Moon prophetic disaster? The restart of the LHC makes big bang of doom? Mercury in retrograde? Heaven forfend! There are all these weird noises too! What does it all mean? The Apocalypse? Well if you buy into tabloids, and religious and conspiracy sites hype (specifically from the WND site), it sounds like the…

Psychic swindle targeted older woman in PA

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Stop me if you heard this one before… a woman is talked into paying for psychic services and loses a cartload of money. Source: ‘Psychic’ siblings in Bucks County face trial over swindling elderly woman | PhillyVoice A brother and sister in Bucks County who stole more than $17,000 from an elderly woman under the…

Show of hands: Palmistry is bullshit

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The Good Thinking Society (UK) produced a set of videos documenting an investigation into palm readers. There is no basis to palmistry, it doesn’t work, it makes no sense, and the GTS shows that at least in this case, it sounds more like scripted repetition instead of any personalized reading. You will love how all…

A “psychic” named “Marks”? Run the other way

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A Charlottesville woman who claimed she had a “gift from God” and could see the past and future has been indicted on multiple federal charges she defrauded multiple clients, one of whom sent her more than $1.4 million. Source: Charlottesville palm-reader indicted; claimed ability to see future, talk to spirits A federal grand jury indicted…

International Astrology Foundation smacked for deceptive practices in Iowa

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An Iowa judge has ordered a New York-based company that prosecutors say conned people into paying for outlandish psychic readings and prophecies to stop soliciting Iowa residents and refund nearly $14,000 already sent from them. Source: Court orders New York psychic outfit to reimburse Iowa residents for ‘outrageous’ deception Polk County District Court Judge Douglas…

Birth month and disease risk study has nothing to do with astrology

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Scientists reviewed New York medical databases for 1.7 million patients and found 55 diseases linked to birth month, according to a statement released Monday by the university. Source: Study finds link between birth month and disease risk It turns out your birth month might determine more than just your astrological sign. When you are born…

Russian psychic-astrologer-healer Dzhuna dies

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She appeared to be a well rounded mystic. Astrologist and healer Dzhuna, who reportedly treated top Russian politicians and celebrities, has passed away in Moscow. Soviet leader Brezhnev and director Fellini were among her patients, Russian media claim. Source: Famed Russian mystic Dzhuna dies at 65 If the Russian media says so, she was very…

Is the fate of the NHS really written in the stars? Tredinnick thinks so.

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As most people in Great Britain will know, there is a general election approaching, which usually means that issues that have been bubbling over for awhile tend to come to the forefront. This election’s political hot-potato has thus far been the NHS (National Health Service). Few would deny that the NHS is facing something of…

The legacy of Sai Baba continues to do damage: Ashrafi convicted

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UPDATE (19-Feb 2015): Leicester faith healer conman convicted. Ashrafi was sentenced to 9 years in prison for fraud. Originally published 26-Jan 2015 Alleged fraudster used conjuring tricks to get people to give him money. ‘Con artist masqueraded as a faith healer to dupe vulnerable victims out of £650,000 in a series of scams’, court told |…

The growing trend of confusing astrology with science

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Astrology is the fatally-flawed idea that the location and movement of stars and planets influence our lives here on earth. It’s the epitome of a NON-scientific idea that has been discarded centuries ago. No scientist studies it. However, a recent survey shows almost all population segments, especially young people, mistakingly think this field is considered…

Not news: An astrologer fails

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Many favorite astrologers (and psychics, same thing) simply tell their clients what they want to hear to keep in good favor. That will eventually backfire. ‘Not all of Nostradamus’ predictions came true either’: Sri Lanka ex-president’s seer jobless | SBS News. As a defeated Mahinda Rajapaksa slunk out of Sri Lanka’s presidential palace, the astrologer…

There shall be no mocking of astrology in India!

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I disagree fully. Therefore… commence mocking. Astrology is like astronomy, says BJP MP Ramesh Pokhariyal Astrology is like astronomy, claimed a BJP member in the Lok Sabha, drawing protests from some opposition members. While making references to traditional practices such as astrology and ayurveda, Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank said that among others, concept of atom, was…

Season of birth correlations is not astrology

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Astrology-related? Nope. In fact, it’s not even a new concept. But looking back through research history, findings are muddled and confusing. Season of birth affects your mood later in life. Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up while those born in the winter are less…

Astrological discrimination prevalent in China

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WHAT!? I am discriminated against? I am an excellent worker! Virgos suffering ‘astrological discrimination’ in China. Those born between August 23 and September 22 are mocked online for being picky, spoiled, and fussy to the point of being obsessive-compulsive. “Virgos are perfectionists, so they’ll often criticise other people,” Felicia Jiang, founder of popular astrology website…

Member of Parliament Tredinnick is saying silly stuff again

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Oh. My. Goodness. Can I tell you that I am elated to see that not just the U.S. has politicians that totally misunderstand how the world works? BBC News – Astrology-loving MP seeks health answers in the stars. David Tredinnick said he had spent 20 years studying astrology and healthcare and was convinced it could…

Kamal-Ji, devotee of Sai Baba, charged with fraud

Yet another “spiritual healer” accused of fraud. I sort of like this trend, other than the obvious conclusion that people are still falling for this garbage. This person advertised via flyers and ads but many clients may have come via word of mouth. Since people are apt to trust “advice” from their friends, this is…

Psychics scam vulnerable people: I KNOW I KNOW, not “news”

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NO WAY! Psychic readings are a rip-off targeting vulnerable people?!?! Quelle surprise! </sarcasm> Rip-Off Alert: Personalized psychic readings just a ploy – Las Vegas MyNews3 – KSNV. U.S. Postal Inspector Al Herzog says victims were told “they were going to get rich; they were going to have a big house, come into big fortune” in…

The Big Bad Moon, used to sell fear to the superstitious

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Tuesday, April 15th marks the first of four lunar “blood moon” eclipses over the next two years. The tetrad — or four consecutive and complete lunar eclipses occurring at approximately six month intervals — will all be visible over the United States during 2014 -2015. The other dates are Oct. 8, 2014, April 4, 2015…

Horrorscope: Following zodiac nonsense can make you prone to bad decisions

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Horoscopes, worthless predictions about your day based on a bogus idea of star or sun signs, are not just for fun. They affect real-life decisions. Harmless fun? Horoscopes may be bad for you, study suggests – Telegraph. Consumers who read their horoscope daily were found to be more likely to exhibit impulsive or indulgent behaviour…

Another psychic scammer arrested in Florida: Here’s a bit of advice…

Known as Dorian and Robert to some of his victims, this self proclaimed faith healer is now arrested for fraud. Photo credit: Broward Sheriff' Office

Florida, you are on a ROLL! I love it! Hallandale Beach police: ‘Faith healer’ jailed after swindling two women out of $85,700 – Sun Sentinel. A self-proclaimed faith healer, chakra aligner and remover of impurities was jailed on accusations that he swindled two women he met at Aventura Mall out of nearly $100,000, Hallandale Beach…

Concept of precognition increases feeling of control

A new study has examined the relationship between belief in precognition and sense of control. They found that belief in psychics, clairvoyance, fortune telling, is one way people may compensate for feeling a lack of control in life. And, that this actually works to provide a greater sense of control. PLOS ONE: Loss of Control…