The notion of hopes and wishes in astrology strikes me as being based on a social phenomenon which no longer pertains to our society.
We have evidence showing that in old times there must have been present a strong wish to be chosen by the prevalent authority to bestow gifts to. It could be a job, or a place in court, becoming a prostitute to the king, it does not matter. There was no free enterprise or capitalism as we know it then. Ultimate success and fulfillment was with the king, some aristocrat or government official for the most part. So, if that was what one wished so much and asked a horary astrologer about one would land in house 11 territory for sure. I could bet that astrologers in old times dealt with a significant number of question about being chosen by the king just like we do now about getting a job or making money.
Our hopes and wishes are, in essence, with that which we, well, wish. And there is a specific significator for each wish depending on which house the thing we wish belongs to.
In contemporary culture wishing for being “chosen the king” could be dreaming of getting a Green Card or some other form of government social or economic benefit, for example such as the Coronavirus $1200 economic relief from our beloved president (house 11 indeed). (Well, there is receiving Maundy Thursday coins from the queen of England, as seen on the picture…) Apart from that our contemporary culture is one of self-making enterprise. We (in “freer” countries) no longer depend on governments for direct intervention in our success and achievements. If fact, most governments encourage free enterprise and independence. Work hard and succeed. We build little kingdoms of our own.
If I am a hermit who wants to be left alone away from all the buzz that goes on around any king, then my hopes and wishes are very different from house 11. It may well be in the opposite side of the chart, in art, house 5, for example.
So, my perspective is that the concept of hopes and wishes as house 11 applies to a society that no longer exists in the West, and a large part of the East now. The idea of hopes and wishes in astrology is an outdated “tradition” that does not fit in contemporary life and, personally, has no place in my astrology.
Should we have a house for the things we hate too? Or a house for those things we are indifferent to? Obviously not. What we wish for is given by the context and is shown in the chart by the appropriate receptions and house placement. If we wish to get married and our significator is in house 7 that is what we read from the chart, that has nothing to do with house 11.
My approach is to answer whatever question I am asked by looking at the appropriate significators. I have observed that going for “hopes and wishes” is a sign that the astrologer could not find the answer by applying proper technique to the main significators and is now fishing for help inside the chart.
I am not opposed to fishing for help in the chart, quite the contrary, the chart is our permanent teacher. But going for “hopes and wishes” is not the right help. In fact it hinders our learning and our refinement of proper technique.