Sylvia Sky, astrologer, Tarot reader, and gemstone enthusiast, is a widely published author of books and articles about spiritual matters.
Psychic Sylvia Browne Was a Co-Founder
After checking AskNow.com's list of psychics -- among them Diva Vida, Selena, Starlight Rose, Shamana, the usual unlikely names -- and learning that their normal rates for phone or chat were $5.99 or $6.99 per minute, I phoned. The young customer service rep proudly told me that the co-founder of AskNow was the famous psychic Sylvia Browne. "She used to be on The Montel Williams Show," the rep said.
I was shocked. America's most disgraceful media psychic, Sylvia Browne, owned the business and they brag about it? Browne's other network, SpiritNow.com, discreetly didn't mention Browne at all until after she was safely dead.
I listened as the rep recommended for me two of their 250 psychics, Miss Wanda and Psychic Master Nunu. The fee was 10 minutes for $70, or, for first-timers like me, a special: 20 minutes for $40, charged every month, with a one-time today-only deal for 20 more free minutes. That was $1 a minute.
Making Good on Their Promise
I said I wanted the free 5-minute reading that AskNow.com advertises, and persisted while the rep tried three more times to hard-sell me the $40 special. At last she put 5 free minutes in my account, warning that every extra minute cost $6.99 and that I might kick myself later. Give that girl a raise.
When I called their extensions Miss Wanda and Master Psychic Nunu were already occupied, although I could request a callback. Fearing how much a callback might cost, I listened to a recorded list of available psychics and selected the psychic Tarot reader “Miss Madison” at $5.99 a minute. Just before we connected, a taped voice reminded me, "For entertainment purposes only. You must be 18 years old."
Obviously reading from a script, the smoky-voiced woman told me she had “pre-shuffled” and cut the cards, face down, and told me to pick pile 1, 2 or 3. I chose, and she began to talk about how I do everything for everyone and yet no one has done much for me. This is untrue.
I interrupted to ask, "What card are you reading?"
Instantly she got defensive and said that one card can have many meanings based on its placement. I said I just wanted to know which card. Without telling me, she said she never reads just one card; she felt the vibration of all the cards at once. She added, although I didn't ask, that she didn't do her readings by the book or use the classic Celtic layout, that she had her own card layout. I said, please continue reading. She launched into a spiel about how I always plan to save money but never manage to save even half of what I planned (who does?).
The Reading, Word for Word:
I got tired of her smokehouse voice -- so much like Sylvia Browne's! -- as she rattled on, probably unscripted (word for word):
"I do feel," she said, "that, well, you've gone through an awful lot of changes it seems, and opportunities, and there’s a lot more changes yet to happen, yet to take place. I feel you’ve changed a lot within the last — oh, I'm going to overestimate — I'd say within the last year. Oh, a little bit more than that. Well, I say a lot more has been brought to your attention in the last six months, give or take. I still feel that even though a lot of those changes, some of them, have done you some good, I still feel that a lot of them have also managed to confuse you. But I feel that your planets are coming back into alignment, therefore changes are being made. And you have quite a few of those changes happening and taking place --" [I hung up.].
I couldn't stand to listen for five minutes, even for free! I am hoping that the service is better for other people.
I got what I paid for, so am glad I paid nothing and did not give credit-card information and did not get hooked into a monthly contract.
© 2012 Sylvia Sky
Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on January 18, 2016:
Don't get so excited, Misty. The link is simply outdated; it was correct at the time I wrote the article, in 2012. I will update the information.
Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on February 16, 2015:
LisaC, I quoted the customer-service rep, who did not say "owner" but "co-founder." The rep might have been lying or ordered to lie. However, links can be made between AskNow.com and SpiritNow.com (the psychic service openly run by, and still celebrating, the late Sylvia Browne). For example, all ads on SpiritNow.com link to AskNow.com.
LisaC on February 15, 2015:
What a crock of crap. Sylvia Sky says she is an astrologer? What are her credentials? I don't know a single accredited university that offers a degree in astrology. Sylvia Sky (I'm sure that is her real name...since she commented on the names of the psychics in her article) I just checked with AskNow and they said that at no time were they EVER owned by Silvia Brown. (A journalist should check his/her facts...shame on you!)
Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on December 10, 2013:
The question then becomes, why did AskNow.com, which supposedly tests their psychics, hire a jokester psychic in the first place?
truethat on December 10, 2013:
I was looking up Psychic Nunu to get a reading from her and I noticed this article. I decided to check it out. Obviously, with your background you do know that there are bad apples who ruin it for the others. I suggest getting a reading from Nunu and see what you think. She really is a good!!!
I don't think you can discount all the people working on the site bc you had a jokester give you a reading. I would love to read a follow-up to this story after a reading from Psychic Nunu. Take Care
Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on March 01, 2013:
Dear Precy: If you buy online readings understanding they are for entertainment, that is wise, and it is good to stop before you spend more than $10. If you want a genuine reading you most likely will find it by meeting an astrologer or Tarot reader in person. To find a real one in your area, ask at your local health food store, occult-supply store, day spa, yoga place, or any older women you know. Most of us have had readings done.
precy anza from USA on February 28, 2013:
There are times I do browse around psychic sites, but weary to try such sites. But then.... I don't know what got into me and I tried some on Ebay, I thought for fun, a dream interpretation and a tarot reading. But then, tarot reading didn't came true, not sure about the dream interpretation I got. Thanks for the AskNow review.
Karthik Kashyap from India on December 18, 2012:
thanks a lot :)
Sylvia Sky (author) from USA on December 18, 2012:
Karthkikkash, Yes. The list I've compiled of fake psychics is at https://discover.hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/...
Karthik Kashyap from India on December 17, 2012:
Sylvia, is there any of your hub which lists down the top fake psychics out there?
DREAM ON on December 17, 2012:
Thanx for the tip.I will have to just find one locally worth every penny.