Laws of karma and that of destiny are often confused as being one and the same. No wonder, as they both stand on the same premise: As you sow, so you reap. Evidently, taken on face value, the two concepts are related to each other. They, however, carry varying connotations in terms of how one would negotiate life in practical terms.
Destiny, as we understand is the final culmination of how one would have conducted in the past. Those subscribing to this concept blindly submit to their fait accompli, whatever way it comes. But they seldom care to figure out their own infirmities, if any, that could derail their efforts. They prefer blaming their own luck for all the bad happenings even if it would be because of external limiting factors. As a consequence, they often fail to exert to improve their lot.
On the contrary, the law of karma, which is based on the self-automated laws of nature, allows the scope of human intervention intended to give a qualitative turn to life through conscious efforts. For, the laws of nature allow the role of the power of freewill duly aided by the faculty of discriminate intelligence, inherent in human beings. Those acknowledging this concept, apply this exclusive human prerogative to first discover their inner traits of mind, make necessary amends, and set right the premise for a better tomorrow. Second, they look at the external factors with an open mind without any preconditioning whatsoever. They are, therefore, able to look at the external challenges in perspective. They do not dither even if some unseemly challenges confront them. They rather try to intelligently articulate their responses, and initiatives. So, they negotiate life mindfully, and that brings in qualitative difference in life. At times, even they may fail in their mission. But they prefer go down fighting rather than blindly submitting to the mercy of destiny. In fact, it is this very spirit that has carried forward the human civilisation from its primitive stage to the developed world of today, through all its lows and highs in between.
See how a blind fatalist keeps grieving rather than mindfully taking on the challenges. Neither he is devoid of strength nor has he always fared badly in life. But his attitudes make him habitually self-pitying, worrying, and taking life negatively. Look at the immense potential reflected in his chart. Intellectually ordained Uranus is well placed to the Sun, Mercury, and Saturn. That grants him with dramatic talent. He thereby is supposed to have an imaginative, ambitious, inventive, innovative and analytical mind. It also points towards the qualities of a good leader who would be thorough in work. Mercury and Moon are both favourably placed to Saturn, which grants him an orderly mind with the capacity to keep an eye on details. It also points to the patience and perseverance necessary to pursue the task in hand to its logical conclusion. Efforts signifying Mars extending its support to Venus brings in the spirit necessary to pursue his ambitions in right earnest. All these put together qualify him to make it big in life.
His positives, however, stand marginalised because of few inherent negatives that he has failed to address. His biggest weakness is an impaired emotional frame as would Venus placed adverse to the Sun suggest. That makes him too much emotionally touchy and sensitive, and vulnerable to get often stuck to trivial issues over which he may dwell too much rather than try to overcome. Debilitated Mercury placed opposite Moon brings in a worrying syndrome. The Sun, debilitated in navamsha makes him self-pitying, and lacking in the spirit to take on challenges ahead in stride. The irony is that these traits are all repairable, provided he exercises his discriminatory faculty and the power of freewill correctly.