(Investigator 16, 1991 January)

Many American astrologers and numerologists regularly advertise in Australia in magazines and by mail. They offer to make you rich – for a fee.

Since lucky stars and lucky numbers don't exist in an objective sense, people who pay the fee usually will end up poorer than before.

A reply by an Investigator reader to advertising-mail by an astrologer is reprinted below:

1989 December

Lynne Palmer
The Astrology Center
New York City N.Y. 10175

Dear Lynne Palmer,

Your letter cites a certain Gail Howard who recommends you as "incredibly accurate". Is that the same Gail Howard who offers to "make people into Lotto Millionaires"? If she lived in Australia I think the Law would be after her. Her words therefore are certainly no recommendation.

You wrote: "And I have never let anyone down." Why don't you therefore get the birth dates of everyone in America from the Dept. of Vital Statistics and use astrology to make everyone, "fabulously wealthy and each live a life filled with love and excitement"? Nobody would then ever have to earn a living again – except of course for astrologers such as you.

You give a "guarantee" and a "promise" of wealth. If however you're lying I'd have to sue you in America but that would be inconvenient for me. Therefore, why not let me try your good luck system at your expense and we’ll share the profits? Why grab only $30 if the two of us can share "fabulous wealth" instead? Alternatively why not carry out your "official promise of wealth" and deduct your requested $30 before sending me the cheque?

Christianity teaches that the long-lasting benefits of wealth are uncertain – even non-existent. (Luke 8:14; 1 Timothy 6:6-7, 17) The problem is that people finally die – astrology notwithstanding. 

Lynne Palmer, why not team up with one of those New Agers who promise "physical immortality"? Such a two-fold offer, of wealth plus immortality, would doubtless set you apart from other astrologers.

Yours faithfully,