A question that I am frequently asked by friends in Hong Kong is: When will we be able to move out of this social and political predicament which has been going on for so many years and is rapidly deteriorating? I think the progressed chart of the city will shed some light.
Progressions, like transits, are a forecast technique in astrology, but a major difference between progressions and transits is that, transits are far more direct, with its effects more quickly felt, and they often manifest in the form of actual events. But progressions show a background influence which shows the gradual re-orientation of a person’s focus and this change may or may not have been precipitated by any concrete event. Significant re-orientations are indicated when planets, by progression, change signs, houses or go from direct to retrograde (or vice versa), etc.
For example, if a person's natal Sun is in Aries, when by progression the Sun moves into Taurus, she may experience a subtle shift in her life goal. Instead of focusing so much on the search for new challenges like before, as typical of Aries, she may become more content to let things stay as they are (Taurus). But this does not mean she will suddenly turn into a Taurean as if by birth. This only means when looking out for challenges, she may, for example, become more aware and appreciative of the wisdom in living in the here-and-now – than what she used to be.
The natal Sun of the Hong Kong SAR is in Cancer in the 4th house, indicating the goal of people living in this city is very much about finding a safe and stable shelter (hence the importance of housing). It also implies a strong nostalgic and sentimental urge, with fond memories of the past recalled as the “golden age”. I think this very much explains why the city’s colonial days are so often missed after the Handover in 1997.
Hong Kong's Sun will, by progression, enter the 5th house in May 2017 and will go further, into Leo in August 2019. For those who have been complaining about the lack of progress made by the city on many fronts may see the light at the end of the tunnel at last. These important progressions suggest the city will take on a more extroverted focus. Rather than constantly looking backwards and lamenting the loss of the "good old days", the city will take on a more buoyant and confident self-image, with the focus shifting towards the creation of new possibilities and the expression of a grand vision. A possible outcome of this is, the creative and entertainment industries and professions/businesses that aim at children are likely to be boosted further.
Venus is in Leo in the 5th house in Hong Kong's natal chart, suggesting the city expresses itself very much through its core values which are so often proudly proclaimed, but sometimes it also means expression for expression’s sake, rather than aiming at any practical purpose or outcome. The same applies to the community's handling of its relations to other cities or areas. With progressed Venus moving into the 6th house in February 2018 and into Virgo in May 2020, the way the city manifests its values will take on a more pragmatic tone, aiming more at productive outcomes and most importantly, there will be a greater willingness to consolidate the core values by seeking to achieve some concrete results first, however minor those may be. That would also suggest people are more ready to go into details, to perfecting the method of execution to make the whole process smoother and more efficient, rather than considering such things as too humble or unimportant to get bothered about (as is likely to be the case with Venus in Leo).
It is also good news that progressed Sun will conjoin natal Venus from December 2020 to February 2023. Especially around January 2022, there could be an alignment of the city’s sense of purpose with its core values.
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