On the taking of each birth, we bring forward our unaccomplished Karmic debt from previous births and are expected to pay or clear those debts within the given parameters of our life time. God gives us birth at the most opportune time to assist us in achieving our earthly goals – i.e. our destiny is already mapped out for us.
“Men at some time are masters of their fate;
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in the stars;
But in ourselves, that we are underlings”
Astrologers of days gone by believed that the planetary configurations at the time of one’s birth set the seal on one’s future and shaped one’s earthly struggles and achievements. This apparently negative approach to what the stars foretold led to “fatalism” until wiser men developed the philosophy of free will and stressed “The wise man rules his stars and hence his destiny” . There is however another camp of thought that mischievously insists that “Man often meets his destiny by the road he has taken to avoid it”.
In Karmic law catastrophes and seemingly unjust conditions of life are not results of chance or the whim of the Gods, but stem from the implacable cosmic conditions – i.e. represented by Karma past, present and future. Rahu and Ketu are the two Karmic planets that are extremely important in a Natal Chart. Ketu represents the Karmic debt brought forward and Rahu represents how this is likely to be fulfilled.
Vedic Astrology takes the view that if a person leads his life morally and righteously, the past Karmic debts will get paid off and new Karmic credits will be built up for this life as well as for a future birth – this can only be achieved by the free will of the person concerned and hence falls in line with the statement that one can rule one’s destiny.