Pinay Zodiac: Leo/Hanan

Pinay Zodiac // Created in collaboration with Jodinand Aguillon and shot on location in Manila, PH. Bridging Philippine mythology and Western Astrology, this series re-envisions ancient Filipina goddesses for the modern diaspora.

 
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Hanan, goddess of the morning, is given the first prayer of the day. She represents the dawning sun, the morning dew and the crowing of the rooster. As the sun begins to rise, moisture slowly burns off and we experience the beautiful transition of night to day. Though the moist stillness at 5:00am is where the deepest meditation occurs, we can imagine it is a time where Mayari, goddess of the moon and Hanan, goddess of dawn embrace and the earth’s baton is handed off. 

Dawn is a celebration. Warmth and light bring clarity and the gratitude of a new beginning.

Hanan is given offerings and prayers during the entrance of new phases - the birth of a child, stepping into maturity, the start of the planting and harvesting, and even death. 

Leo is related to the power of the sun - To see and be seen. With light comes consciousness, an ability to see clearly. Leo has an ability to capture the best light in others and to generously share from a deep place within.

We can think of Leo embodying the celebratory nature of life - Which is where the glamour, fabulousness and inherent spark come in from our Leo siblings. 

The sun gives life to this world, it puts our entire solar system into motion. The wisdom of Leo shows us that through living in truth with the heart, we create our own orbit and life magnetizes around us. When aligned, our gifts are lifegiving; they heal without effort and inspire others. 

Considering how intense this past month was, Leo season comes with a true feeling of new beginnings. The deep, introverted process of dredging up emotions and cleaning house (body, mind, social, even ancestral) has subsided for now. Revelations, upheavals and reveals were truly a theme. Now it is time to put much of it into action. 

There is a feeling of a new dawn as something fell away last month, creating more space for your personal nourishment. 

The work now is to hold those realizations to focus on your own inner spark - that special light inside that wants to be shared. Action, implementation and energy are the true vibe this month - your heart’s passion the primary guide. 

Here are some tips for staying aligned with your passion this month:

Cardiovascular support: Leo rules over the heart and spine, which are intrinsic to circulation and the energy centers of the body. Use physical activity in order to dust off any residual heaviness from the last month. Stimulation is necessary. Biking, hiking, running, yoga and lots of spinal twists are recommended to stimulate and move stagnant energy. 

Do things that make you feel new: Jumping into the ocean, an intense workout, breathwork/pranayama, daily gratitude practice. 

Eat foods that nourish the heart: Cacoa, dark leafy greens, chlorophyll

Herbs: Rhodiola - Support if you are feeling bogged down and heavy hearted. Hawthorne - A general heart tonic for physical and emotional resilience.

Diaphragm massage: Massaging around the solar plexus (related to Leo) can help with the confidence to place action to our desires and our ability to be seen and aligned with our natural gifts. Tightness in this area is an indication of challenge in expressing oneself.

Slowly and with care, find the top center of the abdomen 1-2 inches below the rib cage. With your index and middle finger, gently press into the abdomen. Breathe slowly and deeply as you press further into this space. If you hold tension in this area (as most people do), practice this for a few days and notice how it will soften over time. Be gentle with yourself. Notice how through relaxing this area your intake of breath and circulation can increase.

Horoscopes July 22 - august 22


Aries + Aries Rising

Are you ready to focus on yourself finally? Last month left you incredibly tied to all of your responsibilities. Leo season brings you creativity, passion, romance, travel and some much-deserved playtime. It will feel like such a drastic shift for you and you will have so much happening throughout this entire month. The New Moon on July 31 grounds in all of the creative juicy juice that’s building for you. A steady, consistent momentum to begin on a new passion project is happening this month.

Taurus + Taurus Rising

All roads point home for you. Brilliant ideas and realizations have been stirring and it may be time to really take it all in. Find ways to harmonize and beautify your home, as you’ll be spending a lot more time focusing on yourself. You love self-care anyway, so organize your herbs, furniture and closet; it’s a good month for it. Do not dwell on the past. A new way of relating to yourself will be blossoming at this time. Allow others to support you; you’ll be surprised how an attitude of openness can allow opportunities to be drawn to you. Set intentions for an updated personal story on the New Moon on July 31.

Gemini + Gemini Rising

You’re no stranger to staying stimulated and occupied, but hold onto your seat: this month is busy for you. 

There will be plenty to do on your roster and social activities galore. Look forward to meeting new people this month. You’ve spent a lot of time reorganizing your relationships and now you can see that put into action as opportunities for new friendships are blossoming. Enjoy being extroverted and living out the summer - remind yourself to attune your magnetism to healthy and reciprocative partnerships. Set intentions on the New Moon on July 31 for a new mindset and ways to better communicate your truth.

Cancer + Cancer Rising

You’ve been through a lot, dear friend, and time doesn’t pause for personal development. Though you may have had to. This last month has left you requiring a lot of replenishing. Look forward to a continued smooth ride in your work. Self-care will go well for you as long as you apply a bit of effort. 

This month brings money into focus for you. While it seems like you are spending quickly, you are also gaining this month. Be aware of this and find the balance. The New Moon on July 31 will help you to organize your spending. Make a budget that includes all the new ways you are deciding to take care of yourself.

Leo + Leo rising

You ready boo?

This month brings you Venus, Mars, Sun and Mercury all in Leo, and it’s time to feel yourself (more than ever lol).

Venus enters Leo on July 28, and it will be a perfect time to pamper yourself and feel glamorous and pretty. You may even get a makeover or new threads to reflect your inner shine. Opportunities to express your creative/passionate side will be present the entire month, especially on August 7+8. Use the New Moon on July 31 to reflect on how you have grown this year and to set intentions for the ways you are wanting to continue to be seen in the world.

Virgo + Virgo rising

The need to find rest and separation from the world has really come up since last month, and that will continue into much of Leo season for you. Retreat has been necessary because it has been allowing you to see your inner weavings. This month brings a feeling of breakthroughs and harmonization. Use the New Moon on July 31 to look deep inside and realign with your greater purpose - it is always at the core of any reflective process. 

If moving has been coming up for you and is something that you have been deeply considering, news of certainty or a true sense of direction will occur this month.

Libra + Libra rising

You should be more than inspired this month to connect with your friends and community. The past month has brought out a part of yourself that has been a bit dormant and now it’s time to test it out. Make some new friends, as this month brings you opportunities when you go out into the neighborhood. People will be even more charmed by you this month. 

Set intentions on the July 31st New Moon for the ways in which you can support and feel supported by your community and friendships.

Scorpio + Scorpio rising

Time to hustle this month. There has been a lot of questioning around your career and image this past month and it should clarify when Mercury stations direct on July 31, the same day as the New Moon. The New Moon is your time this year to plant seeds for how you wish to be received in the world. 

The timing is great to hone in and focus on what you are offering and how you can really step forward and shine authentically. The incentive here is that your money will really flow this month and through November.

Sagittarius + Sagittarius Rising

You may have been feeling that this year is great for you, but there were a lot of moments that made you question yourself. This past month really highlighted a lot of those fears and the lack of trust in yourself. When Jupiter stations direct on Aug 11, the dissection of self will dissipate and the coming out party resumes! Feel held by your perspectives and spiritual path as you can trust in the flow of goodness coming your way. Leo season invigorates you in wisdom, travel and exploration. The New Moon on July 31 may have you setting your eyes on a new endeavor or course of study.

Capricorn + Capricorn rising

The work you have been putting into yourself is starting to really show. Last month was probably quite depleting for you, with so much to integrate and process. The need for space and introversion and healing has been beckoning you all year, and there’s a feeling of breakthroughs this month. If you haven’t been already, it is a good time to do any self-care that focuses on mental health right now. That can be anything from energy healing, talking to a counselor (therapist, spiritual) and any work that helps you unpack your mind. There is great opportunity for healing to occur this month. This process will help you as Leo season brings up all the ways in which you can feel in power and empowered: finances, shared income and even intimacy with others. Use the New Moon on July 31 to define the ways that you feel empowered.

Aquarius + Aquarius rising

You have been steadily working toward developing more friends and community that resonate with the qualities that you stand for this year. This month, you see the benefits of the community-building you have been doing. Leo season brings in a very social vibe and new people into your life, maybe even to the point that you have less time for yourself. The New Moon on July 31 represents a new chapter in your relationships, so state intentions for the new ways you are relating to other people.

Pisces + Pisces Rising

You ready to pop off this month? 

You’re about to shift into abundance part 2 for this year. When Jupiter stations direct on August 11, it will reignite the fire in your career sector, making you more visible. Any visions, plans and opportunities that have been in process for your career are likely to start getting into motion. Leo season asks you to focus on maintaining a functional schedule and to be on top of your health and routine this month, because things are about to heat up for you. Set some intentions for the New Moon on July 31 that define your ideal schedule and ways you wish to move through your week and month. Things are on the upswing for you, claim it!


Photography: Dar San Agustin
Art Direction & Styling:
Jodinand Aguillon
Illustration:
Anissa Aguila
Model:
Ea Torrado


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Chase Chualong is a professional astrologer based in New York City and the founder of the Bay Area Healers Market.

Chase is certified by the NCGR-Professional Astrologers Alliance and his mentor, Adam Sommer. Chase teaches classes in New York, San Francisco and online.

Chase’s work with astrology is influenced by the healing arts, modern psychology, herbalism and magic.