(I wrote a detailed post on the energy dynamics of the four Varna of a Dharmic society here. This post is about using the Varna concept in Jyotish.)
In Uttar Bharat, the signs/ rashi are assigned Varna. This concept is commonly used in the Ashtakoota system for matching charts for marriage. In this system, the birth Moon sign determines the varna.
- The Vipra/Brahmin signs are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces.
- Kshatriya signs are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
- The Vaishya signs are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.
- And the Shudra signs are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.
In Dakshin Bharat, the Nakshatra varna is more commonly used. The Varna of the Lunar mansion occupied by the birth Moon ie the Janma Nakshatra, is considered during matching charts for marriage.
- Vipra – Ashwini Pushya Ashleysha Vishakha Anuradha Shatataraka Poorvabhadrapada.
- Kshatriya – Bharani Punarvasu Magha Swati Jeyshtha Dhanishtha Uttarabhadrapada.
- Vaishya – Krutika Aradra Poorvaphalguni Chitra Moola Shravan Revati
- Shudra – Rohini Mruga Uttaraphalguni Hasta Poorvaashadha Uttaraashadha
And the graha also have Varna.
- Vipra – Jupiter and Venus
- Kshatriya – Mars and Sun
- Vaishya Moon and Mercury
- Shudra – Saturn
- Rahu and Ketu have no Varna so can either represent either Adharmic individuals or Sanyasis depending on the situation.
The Varna concept is used in marriage chart matching but also can be applied in regular life, for analysing the personality, the mental/ emotional tendencies etc. If you are aware of your Mind you can proactively live a more settled and successful life. The Varna of the nakshatra occupied by the Moon, ie the Janma nakshatra, will indicate your mental tendencies. The Varna of the Lagna nakshatra, ie the lunar mansion occupied by the ascendant degree will give some pointers as to the overall personality and the environment you are placed in. And I have observed that in charts with powerful Rahu or Ketu, the nakshatra occupied by the more powerful node also has a significant but subtle impact on the person.
The Nakshatra level analysis indicates the subtle points about the personality which are generally ignored. This sort of analysis will be relevant only for those charts which are on a reasonably good evolutionary level. You have to have some level of self awareness and some clarity about your life and life purpose to understand and use this information. It is of no use for individuals who do not wish to self introspect or make efforts to change themselves.
So check out the lunar mansion occupied by your birth Moon. The Moon is the indicator of the Mind and you are basically what your Mind says you are. This is why a brilliantly placed birth Moon is the best ‘yog’ possible. The nakshatra of the Moon works as a filter between you/your Mind and everything else. It also filters out what you need for this life from your sum total. ie your astral self which is the Moon, is filtered by this nakshatra and this creates the Mind for your current lifetime.
If your birth Moon occupies a Vipra Nakshatra then you will naturally feel more inclined to the Vipra type of activities. You are highly intelligent, you learn things by heart and also understand concepts very deeply, you are willing to learn. You are capable of studying long hours, practicing your routines seriously, very dedicated, you have faith in an higher intelligence and are religious or spiritual in some way. Your ideal way of working out things is through civilised dialogue, trying to understand and thus resolve differences, you are rather philosophical by nature. You like helping others and may be seen as a wise elder by others around you. You can become a very good teacher, counsellor, advisor, researcher, writer, etc. If you perform the Gayatri puja, ie the trikaal Sandhya sincerely you will get excellent results from this sadhana. You are the intellectual and philosophical foundation of the Dharmic society. It is the duty of the Vipra to learn, teach and to do pujas for the wellbeing of the individual/ public. To literally share their blessings. To follow Dharma in life and also to motivate others to do so by example and by teachings. So if you engage in such activities, you will get the desired results easily and you will also feel deeply satisfied on the inside. However do not let others take advantage of your typical nature and try to be practical about things.
If you are in a profession where you are doing these sort of activities then you will feel emotionally fulfilled as you do your work and also progress well. Else you can take up a hobby or do some above mentioned activities in your spare time which will help you find an outlet for your Varna energy.
If your Lagna is in a Vipra nakshtra then you will be more often physically placed in situations described above. eg if you have a Vipra Lagna nakshatra and Shudra Janma nakshatra, then you may be required to teach mechanical engineering applications to engineering students.
If your birth Moon is in a Kshatriya nakshatra then you are more aggressive and physical by nature. You like exercising and are the one who wants to get up at 5am to go to the gym. You may have learnt marital arts or may be good at team games or may compete in individual sports. You cannot bear injustice and are willing to stand up for the values you believe in. You are an aggressive person and this will be evident in some way eg in your speech, mannerisms, body language or you may be outrightly violent. In our Dharma the Kshatriya are responsible for punishing specific types types of criminals (An enemy/Atatayi is the one who the intention of killing, damaging or hurting – sets fire, poisons, attacks with weapons, steals wealth, loots property, robs land or kidnaps women. Such Atatayi are given the death penalty and this is the Dharma, the responsibility of the Kshatriya varna). Kshatriya are also responsible for governing the nation, so you might feel comfortable in government jobs and you will genuinely feel responsible and do good in such jobs. In our current society, you can also take up a profession in law enforcement, police, military, etc where you feel that you are in the role of a protector and have some scope for physical activity. You are the protective and governing foundation of the Dharmic society. However do not let others take advantage of your typical nature. If someone purposely tries to push your buttons do take a minute to think through things before leaping into action.
If you are not in a profession which offers you an outlet for these energies then you should take up some hobby where you can act in the ways described above. eg learning a martial art or reading about wars and war strategies etc.
If your Lagna is in a Kshatriya nakshtra then you will be more often placed in the situations described above. eg your Lagna nakshatra is Kshatriya varna and Janma nakshatra is Vaishya, then you may be required to trade in weapons or be a supplier to the army.
If your Janma nakshatra is of the Vaishya varna then you are more comfortable in commerce. Buying, selling, trading, bargaining is your forte. You like talking, communicating, keeping track of what is happening, what can be capitalised on, what can be converted into value. You have an innate understanding of how money, stock markets, financial transactions etc work. You are more comfortable in situations where these sort of energies prevail. You are practical about things and a good negotiator. You are aware of your strengths and weakness and can accurately gauge the position of others you are dealing with. You rarely give others the benefit of doubt and will not help others unless you stand to gain something from it. You will succeed in all activities where the theme is exchange of value for mutual profit. You are the foundation of value and trade in a Dharmic society. However do guard against others using your own nature against you. Profit attracts you but you should not engage in dubious or risky actions for money, these can eventually rebound on you.
If you are in a profession with these sort of vibes then you will feel more satisfied in life and also earn loads of money. But if you are not then you should engage in some of these Vaishya type of activities in your spare time, it will help you find an outlet from your innate nature.
If your ascendant degree, ie lagna nakshatra is of the Vaishya varna you will be put into situations where you will be required to value, trade, exchange etc as described above. eg Your lagna nakshatra is Vaishya but your Janma nakshtra is a Vipra then you might become an economist, someone who philosophises and teaches theories about money.
If your birth Moon is in a Shudra varna nakshatra then you have the capacity to work and produce stuff. You know how to get things done, set up a work flow or a production line, determine realistic goals and practical deadlines. You are the one sincere person in your office who always achieves targets. Learning skills is easy for you. You are hard working, systematic and capable of following rules. You have a practical mind and can organise things. You are the ideal worker and depending on the rest of the chart can do well in any sector where there is actual measurable output, eg in industries, around machines, agriculture farms, animal husbandry, carpentry, mechanics etc. You know how physical things can be worked together to actually produce tangible material, ie food, metal items, cloth, shoes, buildings, roads etc. Everything that you see around you is ‘produced’ or ‘built’ and thus is your domain. There are unlimited opportunities for you as you are the physical foundation, the material prosperity on which the Dharmic society rests.
You should pursue activities where you can actually create something on the material level. If you are in such a profession then it will help you channelise your energies and gain. But if you are not, then choose an art or craft type of a hobby where you work with your hands. This will give you the necessary emotional satisfaction and help you balance out your innate energies.
If your Lagna nakshatra is Shudra then you will be put in situations where you are required to physically act to produce material stuff. eg If your Lagna nakshatra is Shudra and your Janma nakshatra is Vipra then you may be a publisher who publishes text books, Dharmic books, books on philosophy etc.
(This is the first time on the internet, that Varna and Nakshatra Varna have been analysed in depth.) Do read the previous post on the nature of the four Varna and how the Dharmic society is based on the equal foundations of the four Varna. Also how an individual uses the Varna to maintain Dharma within the self. Unless you understand the previous post, you won’t be able to make full use of this one.