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The Earth is associated with the Physical/vital body. The use of the Lagna (Rising sign) in the Rashi chart relates more to our physical constitution and vitality. The Ascendant focuses more on the present. The Sanskrit word graha is used to denote a planet. A graha is literally a ‘siezer’, an astral force which can enter, influence and control your life. The planets (grahas) are agents of the law of karma which direct us to experience at specific times the karma (reactions) generated by the actions that have been performed in the past.

Our fate is fundamentally an expression of our Sanchita and Prarabdha karmas, and our free will the result of Kriyamana and Agama karmas. With the passage of time our Agama and Kriyamana karmas evolve into Sanchita and Prarabdha karmas, which will confront us in future births. It is this eternal wheel of action and reaction which creates the need for reincarnation. Without the attachments and desires which accompany our actions there would be no karma, and hence no need for rebirth. Fate and Destiny This is an appropriate point at which to clarify the difference in meaning between the terms fate and destiny.

There are multitudes of astrological schools of thought, each following a particular set of beliefs and principles. A principle that is true can be repeated consistently. It is not dependent on schools of thought. Gravity functions the same in modern cultures as it did in ancient cultures. If one school of astrological thought was ultimately correct, it should be easy to prove the validity through repeated tests and demonstrations. This has yet to happen. For one, the laws and intricacies of karma are often beyond human reason.

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