Astrologer - To worship God to seek something and to ward off the negative influences of the planets (called Dosha Nivarana), the various Vedic scriptures and the astrology scriptures have prescribed several poojas. If properly performed by fully qualified Vedic Pundits, they are effective.
In the olden days the pundits or purohits were taken care by the society. The king would give them a piece of land, the village/township head would give them a house to live and the people used to give them clothes and food as an offering (Dakshina) for teaching them the sastras and for performing the various poojas. So the pundits taught the knowledge of the Vedic sastras freely and performed the poojas and remedies also freely and accepted whatever the people offered them without any demands in cash or kind. With the decline of the Vedic way of life this system broke down. The rulers and the people became more and more materialistic and so did the pundits. Slowly the commercialism has spoiled the standards of purity and sincerity. Today the lure of money through astrology remedies and poojas is so strong that even some Muslim 'Astrologers' from neighboring Islamic countries are offering to do 'yagyas' for exorbitant prices!! The common man is at a loss to know who is genuine and who is fake.
However even today there is no shortage of genuine Vedic pundits who still do the poojas and homas as per the authentic Vedic tradition. I am pleased to inform you that due to repeated requests by my clients for online pooja order facility, I have put together a team of genuine traditional south-Indian Vedic purohits who can perform the poojas sincerely as prescribed in the scriptures. You can read the order pooja online features and options.