A couple of months ago, several astrologers were excited about the release of a new astrology application for smart phones called Astrolome. Curious as to what it was myself, I went to go see, hoping that someone had finally come out with a horoscope drawing application. What it was, though, is a transit reader.
The application asks for your birth information and calculates the positions of the planets at birth, and then gives you information on the transits you are currently experiencing, dividing them into challenges and advantages as well as a couple of sentences on each transit, which one exactly it is, and for how long you can expect it to last. There are also pro-astrologer comments (used to be called Advisors before a recent update) which can give extra information as well as a place for people who have underwent the same transit in the past can comment. All in all, it’s a more community-based astrology application that presents a transit and the community can add in more details in their comments if they so choose. Also, it comes off more as a step in the right direction from Sun Sign columns. Now it’s more personal and based off of actual astrological phenomenon! How novel!
The problem is that the transit descriptions still leave a lot to be improved on and really only waters down the concepts of transit interpretations to make them easy to copy and paste for everyone. Serious astrologers know that not everyone experiences a Jupiter/Neptune Trine the same way, but according to the Astrolome application, everyone who experiences this will meet or become some kind of spiritual teacher. While the software does record the sign and house placement of all your natal planets, it does nothing with them besides calculate the proper transits or house ingresses. Also, there’s not a button to say a transit description isn’t accurate for you, but there is one to say that it was accurate, creating the illusion that no one disagrees. The advisor comments come across as very random at times, sometimes talking about things not related to the transit being discussed, sometimes they offer incorrect information “No Venus transit is bad…”, and other times it’s the advisor validating the transit description offered.
All that nitpicking aside, the main problem is that now everyone can be an astrologer with Astrolome. Just put in the birth information and you can get transit reports on anyone in the world. You could even charge that person for the reports! As if there aren’t enough fake astrologers in the world. Also it creates the illusion that people don’t need astrologers, they just need Astrolome and they’ll know everything they need to know. It’s the unfortunate side of being more astrologically correct. With Sun Sign horoscopes, anyone seriously considering consulting an astrologer knew they were bogus because it was pretty obvious there was more to it than that, however Astrolome obscures that line.
What are your thoughts on services like these? Do you feel they are helpful, harmful, or have no effect on astrology as a whole?