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I Spent $100 On Online Psychic Readings — Here Are My Honest Thoughts

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Sarah Regan

December 10, 2022

mbg Spirituality & Relationships Writer

By Sarah Regan

mbg Spirituality & Relationships Writer

Sarah Regan is a Spirituality & Relationships Writer, and a registered yoga instructor. She received her bachelor’s in broadcasting and mass communication from SUNY Oswego, and lives in Buffalo, New York.

December 10, 2022

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I’ve gone to psychics IRL, had my birth chart mapped, and received tarot readings from the best of ’em–so when online psychic website Keen offered the chance to test out its platform for free, I was happy (and admittedly curious) to give it a shot.

I’d previously covered Keen in our round up of the best online psychics, where I was impressed by the brand’s thorough vetting process for mediums and the sheer amount of positive reviews from users. I know there’s a lot of misconceptions about psychics, so I was interested to see how my experience would stack up. Here are my honest thoughts on Keen after spending a $100 credit on the site.

How does psychic website Keen work?

Keen is a website that essentially acts as a platform for psychics to offer their services to people all around the world–and for curious folks (like myself) to access them from the comfort of their own homes.

Launched in 1999, it’s one of the very first psychic sites, and has tons of positive reviews from happy querents. It’s also one of the only psychic websites that vets all of their advisors through identity verification, background checks, content quality review, and skill assessments–which, of course, you love to see.

There are a variety of different readings you can get depending on the advisor you choose, and Keen actually has a matching quiz to show you readers who offer what you’re looking for. And if you’re a skeptic, don’t worry–the company will reimburse you for one unsatisfactory experience every 30 days if you report it within 72 hours.

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What types of readings do Keen psychics offer?

I was impressed to see the number of different services you can access on Keen.com. Whether you’re looking for a tarot reading, numerology report, future forecast, or spiritual readings, there are categories to help you find the right advisor–plus the aforementioned quiz to help you narrow down your search.

The website itself is also pretty intuitive to start using. The site immediately recommends its best available psychics (based on ratings), with an option to choose either a chat or call reading. You can also sort for advisors who have been with the site for at least 10 years. If those filters don’t narrow down the selection enough, additional options allow you to set a minimum star rating or a price range between $1.99 to $9.99 per minute.

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Otherwise you can focus specifically on psychic’s availability, skillset, or current offers to make your final choice. I found the specialities section the most insightful criteria as a potential user, as it allows you to choose advisors who specialize in areas such as career, love, prosperity, past lives, and infidelity. Just be warned that some criteria will drastically reduce the number of psychics available.

My experience using Keen.

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For my first reading, I opted for a text chat, as opposed to a call. (No option for video calls, BTW.) The quiz had matched me with a few readers, including one who is a self-reported clairvoyant and empath. She told me that my life themes were “caretaker, adventurer, and nurturer,” and that communication is the biggest key within my career. As a writer, I couldn’t help but agree.

But after roughly seven minutes of back and forth text, I realized at $4/minute, I was quickly racking up a bill. So for my next reading, I opted for a phone call.

The reader I chose second was a self-reported intuitive and third-generation psychic. Over a call, she told me that I had been putting others first too much, and that I was entering a time of healing and focusing on myself. To be honest, I think a lot of people would resonate with that–but it did, indeed, track with how I’ve been feeling lately, so I’ll give it to her.

She also asked for my date of birth, so I believe she was using something like numerology or astrology to base her reading off of, though I didn’t ask her how she was coming to these conclusions. (And if that sounds sketchy, you’ll be happy to know everything about you as a querent is anonymous, including your name.)

This reader had a lower rate per minute than the first reader, plus a lot more can be covered when you’re talking instead of typing, so take that into account. Still I kept my eye on the time because I was working with a fixed trial amount. She ended up giving me three free minutes for a future reading, which I appreciated, but I couldn’t help but feel was a low-key ploy to get me to spend more with her.

My third reading was another call with a reader who is self-reportedly clairaudient and clairsentient. She was probably my favorite of the three, because she got the most specific. For one thing, she told me I was going to write a book, and I feel like you couldn’t say that to just anyone–but writing a book happens to already be a life goal of mine.

This reader was the most expensive of the three, at $5/minute, and suddenly our relatively short call was a $50 expense.

A few things to keep in mind if you’re going to try it yourself:

The fact that the readings racked up a bill so fast definitely took me by surprise, but there is the option to filter your search based on price. If you’re on a budget, you can choose more affordable readers and keep the calls as short as you want.

To that end, my biggest tip when using Keen is to avoid wasting your time, as those minutes add up, especially via chat. And further, if you start a reading with someone and don’t get a great vibe, don’t stay on the call or chat because you feel weird about abruptly ending it. Just save your money–point blank.

Another thing to keep in mind is that there are literally hundreds of psychics on this website, so take your time looking through your options and the reviews people have left. It may take some trial and error, but finding a reader who you feel is viable and accurate will make the experience much more rewarding.

Lastly, it’s always a good idea to go into the reading knowing what you want to ask about. One, for the sake of time–but also two, so you can find the answers you’re looking for, as opposed to a bunch of irrelevant information.

Ultimately, I do recommend this website if you’re curious to get a reading, but can’t emphasize enough how quickly the minutes add up.

The Verdict

Pros:

Offers reimbursement if you’re unhappy with a readingMatches you with a reader based on preferencesVetted readers

Cons:

No video callsMinutes can add up quickly

FAQs

How much do Keen advisors make?

How much a Keen advisor makes will depend on the rate they’re charging, how many readings they do, and how long the readings are. Keen charges a fee of 51% to advisors, with advisors keeping 49% of the total amount paid for a reading.

Is Keen a free app?

Your first three minutes on Keen are free, and from there, you’ll have to pay to speak with advisors based on the rate they’re charging.

Is Keen confidential?

Yes, according to Keen, everything is confidential, including your name, phone number, and payment information.

How do I get free minutes on Keen?

Advisors are able to gift you with free minutes if they so choose. Keen may also send you complimentary minutes to keep you engaged, and they also have a points system where you’ll earn credits the more you spend.

How long do clients have to chat on Keen before they can leave a review?

You can leave a review for your reading as soon as it’s over regardless of length, and up to 14 days after the reading.

Final thoughts:

Keen is a great option if you’re interested in getting a psychic reading. Whether you’ve never been to a psychic before, or you’ve been to dozens, it offers a very user-friendly service with plenty of psychics to choose from, so there really is something for everyone. Just remember to keep an eye on the time.

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