Varna Koota

Varna is the caste of the native. The caste has a social aspect and also a spiritual one.

There are four Varnas

  1. Brahmin (or Vipra): priest, highest caste
  2. Kshattriya: warrior, ruler of the earth
  3. Vaishya: merchant, doing business
  4. Shudra: doing service, lowest caste
Vana is not only a wordly property of the native but has a deeper spiritual meaning.

Calculation of Varna

There are several different methods to determine the Varna, based upon
  1. Rasi of the Moon
  2. Navamsa of the Moon
  3. Other objects like Ascendant or Sun
  4. Nakshatra of the Moon (more than four Varnas)
Astakoota uses the first option (Rasi of the Moon).

Varna Element Moon Signs
Brahmin Water Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Kshattriya Fire Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Vaishya Air Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Shudra Earth Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Varna Matching in Astakoota

Rule: the Varna of the groom should be equal or higher than the Varna of the bride. Favourable combinations get 1 point, else 0.

Bride ↓ Groom
Brahmin Kshattriya Vaishya Shudra
Brahmin 1 0 0 0
Kshattriya 1 1 0 0
Vaishya 1 1 1 0
Shudra 1 1 1 1