One of the major distinguishing features of Astrodienst is that the site identifies the authors of the different horoscopes and reports. Both the horoscopes and the astrological charts and reports are authored by well-known seers in the astrological community. This is the only site we rated that requires you to set up an account in order to view any content. You can enter the site as a guest without signing up if you just want to check it out, but you have to provide the date, time and place of your birth to get access to the site at all. Once you’ve entered this information, all the links you click on the website will automatically refer to your zodiac sign. Compared to other sites on our lineup, Astrodienst caters most to those who take astrology very seriously. You won’t find any cutesy fortune cookie widgets or one-click quizzes here.
Offering a more serious take on astrology backed up by astronomical data, Astrodienst has earned the TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award for horoscope websites.
All of the horoscopes and astrological reports on Astrodienst are personalized based on the birthdate information you supply when you enter the site. At the beginning of each report, the author indicates what time period applies to the predictions. Our sample report said “Valid during several weeks” at the beginning, and at the end there were some notes about what star or planet configurations the seer was referring to in the horoscope. Our sample for Virgo said Venus was in the 5th house and gave the approximate dates during which Venus would influence Virgo’s chart. The horoscopes themselves are written in a much more formal tone than other sites, but the basic style is standard: observations followed by short bits of advice. For example, our sample scope said “Your self-discipline may be at an all-time low during this period, but everyone needs a break from time to time, so enjoy yourself.”
Below the sample horoscopes available to guest users, there are some links to subscriber-only features, including more detailed information about current and upcoming planetary movements. To see this information or have access to most of the reports, you’ll have to sign up for a paid account. If you’re not ready for a year-long commitment, the site offers a two-month trial membership.
As mentioned above, only very basic horoscopes are available for free, but Astrodienst has a great selection of paid reports written by the same reputable authors as the website itself. Paid reports are different from site membership; you pay individually for the reports. You also have the option of receiving your report by mail (bound as a book) or digitally as a PDF. If you choose the PDF option, you receive your report immediately, which means these reports are pre-written. The site says that the reports (called the Astro*Intelligence Series) are computer-generated using content written by astrologers, but boasts that they are considered the best computer-generated horoscopes worldwide. Three different seers are credited with writing the content for the reports and all the website content: Liz Greene, Robert Hand and Mona Riegger. All three of these authors are known for their writings in the astrological community, giving the website itself more credibility to serious astrology believers.
The two main types of reports on Astrodienst are the Astro*Intelligence Reports and the AstroTextHoroscopes. There is a lot of overlap between the two categories, but they are authored by different astrologers. Some of the reports include a yearly analysis with detailed predictions and guidance for each month, a Psychological Analysis that focuses on the psychological factors affected by your star chart, and a few varieties of love, career and children’s horoscopes.
Astrodienst has a lot of technical astronomy data that we didn’t see on other sites. If you understand astronomy jargon and want to see for yourself exactly where the planets were or will be on a specific date, you can look it up on this site and see a series of charts. This data is useful for astronomical calculations that the average person would not understand, though it might be invaluable to the few who can’t find this information anywhere else.
Because Astrodienst is almost entirely a paid site, they offer customer service resources to match. You can contact the company by phone or email for help with orders. There are a bunch of articles, ranging from very basic astrology concepts to extremely complicated and specific principles, under the tab titled Everything about Astrology.
Of all the sites we surveyed for our review, Astrodienst is the most likely to be used by actual astrologers and people who take astrology seriously. It’s not the type of site that caters to the people who casually read their horoscopes over morning coffee and then forget about them. Most of the features of Astrodienst require a paid membership or an individual purchase, but you can see samples of the authors’ work before you decide to buy your own report. This site is also the best for actual astronomical data to back up the predictions. Since so much of astrology is open to interpretation, Astrodienst increases its credibility by putting an astronomy spin on all the content.