Astrologers can be extremely pompus at our worst moments, but never are we more presumptuous, over-adoring of the potentials of astrology, and under-aware of its limits, than when we claim to state on the basis of astrology whether or not a person will attain mokṣa (emancipation from the cycle of birth and death).
Emancipation is beyond matter. It is beyond time and space. Karma, the mechanism of time and space, therefore cannot grant or impede it. This is not merely “my opinion” but the opinion of the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam – the ripened fruit of all Vedic Literature, the exposition of Vedānta Sūtra, which is itself the essence of the Upanishads, which are themselves the explanation of the philosophical content in the original Veda.
स वै पुंसां परोधर्मो यतो भक्तिरधोक्क्षजे। अहैतुक्यप्रतिहता ययात्मा सुप्रसीदति ॥ [ŚB 1.2.6] ॥
sa vai puṁsāṁ paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhokṣaje
ahaituky apratihatā yayātmā suprasīdati
The transcendental essence of all living beings is divine love for the Supreme,
which is causeless and unobstructable, and which completely satisfies the self.
Real Vedic texts (not just the rhetoric of people claiming to represent Vedic tradition) clearly state that genuine yogīs don’t care at all about astrological circumstances – because their aim and interest is completely beyond the realm in which karma (and therefore astrology) operates. Astrology is based on the symbolic codex of heavenly configurations at various points in time and space. But the yogī is uninterested in various points in time and space.
The Bhagavad Gītā (again not at all a minor or ancillary text in the Vedic library, but an essential bastion) explains this quite clearly in its Eighth Chapter, especially from the 17th śloka till the Chapter’s end at the 28th. Up to the 26th śloka Krishna explains the afterlife-affect of dying under various light and dark astrological conditions. Then, the 27th śloka (most powerful, because it is in the concluding position of the section) decisively states:
नैते सृती पार्थ जानन्योगी मुह्यति कश्चन। तस्मात्सर्वेषुकालेषु योगयुक्तो भवार्जुन॥ [BG 8.27] ॥
naite sṛtī pārtha jānan yogī muhyati kaścana
tasmāt sarveṣu kāleṣu yoga-yukto bhavārjuna
Yogīs never worry at all about any of these conditions, my friend.
Therefore, in all ways and at all times, try to be a yogī, Arjuna.
If one concentrates ones life upon that which is beyond karma – why should one worry about that which is within karma? As long as we worry about that which is within karma we will be worried, and we will not be able to pull ourselves above the waves. But as soon as we focus on that which is beyond karma we become free from worries, and surpass the waves.
Here is one more, of many possible, śāstric quotes to substantiate the authenticity of this assertion that astrology and karma has no sway over the ultimate destiny of the soul.
स्थिरं सुखं चासनमास्थितो यतिर्। यदा जिहासुरिममडलोकम्।
काले च देशे च मनो न सज्जयेत्। प्राणान्नियच्छेन्मनसा जितासुः॥
sthiraḿ sukhaḿ cāsanam āsthito yatir
yadā jihāsur imam ańga lokam
kāle ca deśe ca mano na sajjayet
prāṇān niyacchen manasā jitāsuḥ
Whenever the yogī wants to cast off his worldly body, he simply sits firmly and comfortably – without a care in his mind about the right time or place – and fixes his attention on steadying his mind by regulating his breathing.
– Vic DiCara