Flint, Michigan – poisoned by poverty

The drinking water in Flint, Michigan is so polluted by lead and other contaminants that it is causing irreversible damage to the population’s health. In 2014 the supply was switched away from Detroit in a financial crisis to a cheaper local supply into which car factories used to pour waste. The corrosive Flint River water, which could have been sorted with a simple phosphate additive, started dissolving at the city’s lead-based pipes. There has been a spike in Legionnaire’s Disease as well with deaths.

Flint, the birthplace of activist Michael Moore, has 40% under the poverty level, 30% are illiterate, and violent crime levels are among the highest in the USA. It is nearly two thirds black.

President Obama has declared it a disaster zone. People from all over the US are sending in bottled water and donations. It has now been reconnected to the Detroit supply, but it may be a year before the water is safe to drink again. There have been class action lawsuits filed against the state Governor Rick Snyder amongst others.

The first city charter for Flint was agreed on 3 February 1855 when Uranus Pluto were in Taurus, Neptune in Pisces was square Saturn in Gemini; and Jupiter, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars were spread out through Aquarius.

In the past two years tr Pluto was trine Uranus creating disruptions; with tr Saturn squaring the Aquarius planets. At the moment the Solar Arc Neptune is opposing the Sun/Mars midpoint which is undermining and panicky. The tr Saturn square tr Neptune is also in hard aspect to the Flint Saturn Neptune square – so high levels of worry.

Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican and venture capitalist, was born 19 August 1958 in Michigan, and is a Sun Leo conjunct Pluto; with Sun sextile Jupiter in Libra, trine Saturn in Sagittarius, and widely square Mars in determined Taurus. He’s got a tough, scary struggle through 2016/17 with tr Pluto trine his Mars.

His Mars incidentally falls exactly conjunct the Flint North Node so quite a karmic cross-over. His Sun Pluto are probably conjunct the Flint Virgo Moon (midday start). And his Neptune opposes the Flint Pluto. So no surprises he arouses local anger and is made to feel responsible for undermining the city’s potency.

The relationship chart between Snyder and Flint is apt with a composite Pluto opposition Neptune square Mars – Neptune Pluto is associated with scandal and unseen poisons by water; and Mars with hasty decisions that lead to fights.

Snyder took up his Governorship on January 1 2011 which has a fearsome chart with Pluto Sun Mars in Capricorn and the Sun sitting midway between the two powerful and ruthless planets. The Saturn in Libra also squares Sun Mars – so compassion and sentiment not exactly on the agenda. That chart is pressured this year, more so in 2017 when it grinds to a halt with tr Pluto conjunct Mars.

Michael Moore, the documentary filmmaker and writer – Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko – was born 23 April 1954 12.46pm Flint, MI. He’s a tough-minded and angry Taurus Sun opposition Saturn, and trine Moon Mars in Capricorn.

His determined Pluto, on the focal point of a mini-Grand Trine of Jupiter in Gemini trine Neptune, is conjunct Snyder’s Sun and square his Mars – so it’ll be a gladiatorial battle. Their relationship chart has a power-struggling composite Jupiter Pluto on the point of a composite mini-Grand Trine of Sun Venus trine Neptune; and square Saturn. So there’ll be no quarter given.

7 thoughts on “Flint, Michigan – poisoned by poverty

  1. Just last week in London, I was walking through Soho past the water pump that was the source of the 1854 cholera outbreak. The discovery by Jon Snow that the disease was waterborne was a turning point in public health. Like today, Saturn was squaring Neptune in Pisces, but it’s almost like we’ve come full circle.

  2. Marjorie: Thanks for addressing the drinking water in Flint from an astrological perspective. Your insights are always greatly appreciated. My observation (whatever that is worth)is that the political decisions made by Gov Snyder and his cronies that created the Flint water crisis and its poverty is representative of the entire bankrupt political and social landscape in the US. The Federal government shoves decisions onto to individual states and when a republican takes office, they seek to undo everything the previous democratic pol put into place. The conservative then flexes his/her muscles in triumph that he/she just destroyed the progress of the liberal. Who suffers? All the rest of us; the common citizen. We are pawns in their power games. It makes me sick!! I am so grateful for activists like Michael Moore who can give his voice to the extremely poor. Astrologer Michael Lutin seems to imply that it will be at least until the early 2020s before before any real change can take place in the US. I guess that is when Pluto will be out of Capricorn. He also seems to imply, if I understand him correctly, that the Powers-that-be will ruthlessly hang on until the bitter end. It all sounds atrociously yucky and scary. All I know is that the injustices really burn me up because I get inpatient for change. All of the political childishness is such a colossal waste of time and when it actually starts to harm the citizens it is time for change. I also have to remind myself that corruption has taken place in every age and this isn’t new but that doesn’t mean we should tolerate it. Sorry for the ramble but I feel strongly about this. I am a Leo Sun Mercury and Aries moon so sometimes I have a hard time hiding how I feel.

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