Here is a writeup on the concept of Brahmana Yoga, and its allied yogas. These are compiled from a selection of emails posted at the SJC: Gurukul list.

Email from Julli Morrison:
You keep mentioning the Brahmana yoga (?) which has to do with moon in 8 and saturn in 1st. I’ve looked through B.V. Raman’s 300 Important Combinations and can’t find it. Is there a list on any of the websites which gives these yogas that you use? I’ve had no luck finding them.

Dear Julli, Namaskaram.
You won’t find these yogas easily. The basis is much broader
than merely the Moon-Saturn yoga.
Take the adhi devatas of each planet:
Sun – Agni
Moon – Jala
Mars – Skanda
Mercury – Vishnu
Jupiter – Indra
Venus – Sachi (Indrani)
Saturn – Ka (Prajapati)

The Moon is the mind and when the intellect (Lagna) and mind (Moon) are
on the same path, working together, the native will succeed in any
desire they have.

So, if Moon is in the Dusthana, the planet which will give the intellect
the right path is Saturn – the karaka for the dusthanas. This gives on
the intellect of Brahma and the person will follow Brahma (becoming a
Brahmana) and fulfill their desires for life.

Similarly, take Moon in third house. The Karaka is Mars, so if Mars is
in Lagna the native has Skanda-na yoga and will follow the path of Skanda.
Moon in the 2nd, 5th, 9th or 11th whilst their karaka Jupiter is in the
lagna will give Indra-na yoga.
Using this principle you can understand the remaining yogas.

Moon and mana

The Moon is the focal point here and we have to understand it first. The Moon symbolizes the Mana or mind, and specifically controls the sharira where the mind is interacting with our senses to define what is happening to our sharira. If our mind is pleased then we live a good life and not only have a smile on our face, but also good health. Hence for this reason the dispositor of the Moons sign is called ’shubhapati’, i.e the lord of auspiciousness. Therefore the Moon plays a big role in defining the natives happiness.

Where our mind goes is seen from the house placement from the Lagna. I.e. if Moon is in the tenth house then job, social status and career occupies the mind. If Moon is in the dusthana houses, then overcoming disease, loss, weaknesses, etc. occupies the mind.

Now, the problem is that the mind cannot overcome diseases, weaknesses, etc. unless the intellect knows how to! One cannot act without the brain. Similarly if you are thinking about job all the time but don’t know how to work, then how can you fulfill your desires in matters of work.

Therefore, the karaka of the house where Moon is placed must associate with lagna to give you the necessary intellect to fulfill these desires. Saturn gives knowledge of diseases, weaknesses, etc. and If Saturn is in the lagna, aspecting it or joined lagnesha, the native will have the necessary intelligence to overcome such problems… and thereby if Moon is in a dusthana they will also fulfill their desires. Such a person will also be able to help others overcome their own ills and is therefore considered among the highest Brahmana.

When the Moon is in the fourth house the themes which occupy it are comfort, mental and physical happiness and with that also the ability to heal these. The devata Jala or the deity Apa which presiding over water, is said to rule these. Some equate this deity to Varuna who has the power to heal one from the worst of diseases.
Therefore, a person whose lagna is connected to the Moon will have the knowledge of curing. These people make excellent doctors, therapists and healers, and can give expertise in remedial measures.


Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati180px-paramacharya1.jpg
Date: May 20, 1894
Time: 13:26:00
Time Zone: 5:30:00 (East of GMT)
Place: 79 E 32′ 00″, 11 N 57′ 00″
Karana: Kaulava (Ma) (80.29% left)

In the given chart the Moon is placed in the fourth house showing the desire to heal and cure the ills of people. Moon is debilitated and indicates that this desire is to remove the very roots of bad karma caused by the placement in the natural eighth house Scorpio.
The lagna lord is not joined the Moon, but is placed in the tenth house and therefore has direct graha dristi on the same.
Lagnesha in the tenth grants simhasana yoga where the native will be the head of an organization, and will have to happen for the yoga between the lagna-lord and Moon to occur. Jupiter is joined this and is in a strong parivartana yoga with the amatyakaraka and tenth lord Venus showing association with the greatest spiritual heads of the world.
This is also joined Mercury, and here what is notable is that the both Gajakesari yoga (Moon in kendra to Jupiter) for fame and name, as well as Sharada yoga (Moon in kendra to Mercury, whilst moon occupies same rasi and jagannath drekkana) for great knowledge and the establishment of learning institutions occurs in the chart.

Jupiter is the fifth lord of mantra and grants this position through the strength of sadhana and mantra. Further as the Moon is the lord of the third from the Bhratrikaraka (BK), this path of healing and helping others has arisen as part of the Gurus Upadesa (third from BK). Jupiter being the BK and joined Mercury shows blind faith in the Gurus knowledge, whilst the conjunction with the Sun also grants excellent understanding of the same.

In Mercury mahadasa the sharada yoga was initiated, and specifically in 1905 in either Sun or Moon antaradasa (date uncertain) he was initiated into the sacred thread.

However, the dispositor of the Moon sign is Mars who is placed in Marana Karaka Sthana and can show drastic developments occurring before achieving a position where this work will begin. Mars is the ninth lord as well as fourth lord and can show the demise of elders or destruction of the same. As birth is during the daytime, and Mars is weaker during this time, the destruction is inevitable. Yet, with Mars’ aspect on the combination in the tenth house, this will also lead to his headship. As Mars is the Karana lord, it is surely to decide his karma yoga.
During Mercury mahadasa (see sharada yoga) and Mars antaradasa the 67th Acarya of the Kanchi mutt had his demise after only 7 days of leading the Mutt. The young student accepted at an age of 13 the responsibility of becoming the next Shankaracharya of the Mutt and immediately began his learning.
He then led the Mutt for eighty-seven years and gave the Mutt an impeccable reputation for its benefits towards the devotees and involvement in society.

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Natal Chart
Date: February 18, 1836
Time: 6:23:27
Time Zone: 5:50:56 (East of GMT)
Place: 87 E 44′ 00″, 22 N 53′ 00″
Altitude: 0.00 meters
Karana: Balava (Ch) (47.12% left)

In Thakurs case the Moon is in Lagna, and the karaka is the Sun. Since the Sun is in lagna as well it grants the knowledge of Agni. Moon in lagna indicates one whose desires will be to have perfect knowledge, and gives the ability for leadership and establishing dharma. With the Sun in lagna this is surely to come to pass. As Moon is the Karana lord, it again defines the karmayoga for this life.
Mercury is also joined this combination and through its fifth lordship it grants the same through mantra and sadhana… see the same combination happening in the previous chart.

However there is more to this chart. A rare yoga is formed with Sun in lagna, whilst Saturn and Jupiter both occupy/influence the ninth house whilst occupying the same bhaga/amsa, and indicates the birth of an inspired Muni.
Here Sun is indeed in lagna, whilst Saturn is in the ninth house. Jupiter is in trines to this and therefore influences the same, and both are within one degree of each other and occupy the same navamsa.
Therefore, this intelligence of Agni indicated by the Sun in lagna isn’t merely for the sake of establishing new machines and inventions in this world, but is in fact indicative of the knowledge of the Rishis and Vedas.

This path began with Thakur presiding over the Dakshinesvara Kali temple. Saturn is the shubhapati in the chart and its placement in the ninth house being exalted and retrograde is the equivalent of Pravrajya yoga (refer and can make a person live a renounced lifestyle. During Saturn dasa, Mercury antaradasa Thakur began his work as a priest at the Kali temple.
During this time he had many intense spiritual experiences, but what arises as a major goal and path of Thakur was the arrival of a student who could bring his message to the world.

The fifth house is seen for students and Mercury the fifth lord is joined the muni-yoga in the lagna, and Jupiter in the fifth itself is aspecting this combination in the lagna. During Mercury dasa, Jupiter antaradasa Thakur’s student who would later bring his message to the world arrived and was later known as Svami Vivekananda.

Thus its evident that the Moon and the yogas with the Moons dispositor and karaka have a profound impact on directing the natives life and their desires. Two examples are given of two highly spiritual personalities, but these principles can be applied on any chart, and especially those of people who have had a more profound impact on the world.

To summarize the principles which need to be assessed, they are:
i) The Moons dispositor, the shubhapati. This will show the how desires will be shaped and whether they lead to great rajayoga or renunciation.
ii) The karaka of the Moons house placement (shubhakaraka) will give the knowledge necessary to fulfill these desires and its yoga and placement in the chart will show through which means this will happen.
iii) The lagna’s association with the karaka and its yoga with the same will decide exactly how this will manifest.