Using the principles of astrology, a horoscope can be created that shows the forces of karma that a person carries, and it can be calculated from the time of the birth of that person. By knowing the time of birth of an individual, an astrologer that is skillful can chart the destiny of a person that is accurate and tuned to the lifespan of that individual.
Karma is then described as the total of the actions of a person or individual in this state of existence and past stages and has direct consequences as far as a person’s future state of existence in this life and those that are to come. It is also held out to be the law of moral causation.
Karma is the main principle behind Buddhism as well. This belief acknowledges that every living thing has a cosmic energy which will interact with a karma generated by that individual which will determine the course that the individual will take during a lifetime.
This principle is very similar to the principles of astrology. In order for a life to exist to its full potential there are specific factors, such as nature, mental energy and seasons have to become fulfilled. The karmic energy and mental energy are interacting on a constant basis and are also dependent upon each other which brings about change and progress, or disorder in one’s life, depending upon which influences a person subscribes to.
Astrology says that the specific time that a person is born is determined in advance by the karmic and cosmic energy, while Buddhism says the same thing in so many words. So the link between the two could be said to be that life is not merely an accident, but is greatly influenced by the karmic and cosmic energy that interacts.
Both also would agree that the actions of a person during a lifetime will work for or against that person depending upon how the individual follows that karmic force that prevails upon them. Once a person is born, a life is controlled by the interaction of these forces.
Buddhism points out that a person has a way out of the dilemma of being trapped in these forces, by stating that all karmic forces are stored in the subconscious mind. The good karma is then emphasized and the bad karma is destroyed and done away with by the development of the mind which will destroy the bad influences and thus purify the mind.
Both astrology and Buddhism emphasize that the free will of the individual can do much to understand the karmic forces which are influencing them, and they both provide means of coping with them and rising above their influences to the better good.