“Charlatans have brought the stellar science to its present disrepute. Astrology is too vast, both mathematically and philosophically, to be rightly grasped except by men of profound understanding. If if ignoramuses misread the heavens, and see there a scrawl instead of a script, that is to be expected in this imperfect world. One should not dismiss the wisdeom with the ‘wise.’
“…A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma. His horoscope is a challenging portrait, revealing his unalterable past and its probable future results. But the natal chart can be rightly interpreeted only by men of intuitive wisdom: these are few.
“The message bold blazoned across the heavens at the moment of birth is not meant to emphasize fate – theresult of past good and evil – but to arouse man’s will to escape from his universal thraldom. What he has done, he can undo. None other than himself was the instigator of the causes for whatever effects are now prevalent in his life. He can overcome any limitation, because he created it by his own actions in the first place, and because he has spiritual resources which are not subject to planetary pressure.
“Superstitious awe of astrology makes one an automaton, slavishly dependent on mechanical guidance. The wise man defeats his planets – which is to say, his past – by transferring his allegiance from the creation to the Creator. The more he realizes his unity with the Spirit, the less he can be dominated by matter. the soul is ever-free; it is deathless because birthless. It cannot be regimented by stars.”
Sri Yukteswar Giri, quoted in Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda.