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Astrologers are very common in India and everywhere else. They can be seen in every nook and corner of every human settlement. They sell predictions to their customers at rates fixed according to the size of the customer's purse and their bargaining capacity.
The minimum amount charged in India is usually Rupees 50/-. They are carrying on a roaring trade. They find a good clientele among the litigants hailing from villages as well as among the gentry. Students who are shortly expecting the announcement of University results can also be seen patronizing them in a pretty large number.
They can be seen doing a lot of intelligent canvassing to attract customers from among the people pacing up and down the pavements of the Malls and Markets. They scan and survey from head to foot almost every passerby and concentrate their attention only on persons who do not seem to be in a hurry. After catching the eye of a potential customer, they flung at him some enigmatic and provocative remark to sharpen his desire to know all the good luck that is in store for him/her. Such remarks almost invariably prove effective in attracting customers.
Some astrologers, clad as illiterate villagers, arouse the curiosity of prospective customers by uttering a few mugged up sentences in English. Many rich men take an astrologer to their houses for private consultations about their future.
In India there are hereditary astrologers. They keep roaming about and sometimes go abroad also as palmists and fortunetellers. They are very clever and intelligent. They are psychologists and read a man's heart from his face, talks, movements and gait.
Most of the times they do General Predictions which are true for 50% of the population. Usually they do not know any thing about Astronomy or Spherical Trigonometry which are most essential for understanding of Astrology.