Atlas Shrugged Day!

Saturday – Sunday September 2-3, 2023

– Full Moon Phase – illumination, realization, fulfillment, shadow, relationships, experience

9/2/2023 @7:00 AM EST

– Moon in ARIES – Void of Course Sunday 9/3 7:57 PM – 11:00 PM Moving to Taurus

– Retrograde Planets 2023 

R – Pluto – May 1 – Oct 11

R- Saturn – Jun 17 – Nov 4

R – Neptune – Jun 30 – Dec 6

R – Venus – Jul 22 – Sep 3

R – Chiron – Jul 23 – Dec 26

R – Mercury – Aug 23 – Sep 15

R – Uranus – Aug 28 – Jan 27

Jupiter – Sep 4 – Dec 3

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac)  Sep 2nd – Perform Demolition, Kill Plant Pests, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Cut Hair to Slow Growth, Pick Apples and Pears, Mow to Slow Growth, Wash Wooden Floors, Dry Fruits and Vegetables, Quit Smoking

Sep 3 – Advertise to Sell, Paint, Jar Jams/Jellies, Ask for Loan, Mow to Slow Growth, Dig Post Holes

Planting Calendar (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – Sep 1st – 2nd – A poor time to plant.

Sep 3rd – 4th – Good days for transplanting. Good days for planting root crops

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): – Kali – Goddess of Beginnings and Endings

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe – God of the South, God of Frequencies, Harmonics, and Waves

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – New Moon in LEO SUN/MOON –  24 LEO: totally concentrated upon inner spiritual attainment, a man is sitting in a state of complete neglect of his body (EARTH – 24 AQUARIUS: a man turning his back on his passions, teaches deep wisdom from his experience )

9/3/2023 @7:00 AM EST

SUN – 10 VIRGO: two heads looking out and beyond the shadows

11 VIRGO: a boy molded in his mother’s aspirations for him

EARTH – 10 PISCES: an aviator in the clouds

11 PISCES: men traveling a narrow path seeking illumination

From an Email I Received From The Atlas Society

We observe September 2nd as a celebration of Atlas Shrugged, its author Ayn Rand, and the values she celebrated: individualism, creativity, reason, productivity, and freedom. It’s the day Ayn Rand began writing her magnum opus, and this date is also featured significantly throughout the novel itself.

In its opening pages, Eddie Willers sees “the page of a gigantic calendar suspended in the sky… In the rusty light of this evening’s sunset, the rectangle read: September 2.” It’s the date Francisco D’Anconia makes his famous Money Speech, the date Hank and Dagny take the trip that leads them to Galt’s abandoned motor, and the day D’Anconia Copper is nationalized.

The novel was about more than government overreach—and consequent economic destruction and violations of individual rights—but about heroic entrepreneurship and individual achievement and free minds.

It’s also about relationships—and a community of productive creators, unwilling to be sacrificed or sacrifice others. Today, The Atlas Society continues to provide a community to those seeking connection and education about the values you and I hold dear. Our programs, faculty, massive digital outreach, webinars, and events provide a unique opportunity for people around the world to connect with like-minded individuals.

Atlas Shrugged sounded a warning—and extended an invitation. According to Rand, “Atlas Shrugged is not a prophecy of our unavoidable destruction but a manifesto of our power to avoid it if we choose to change our course.” Yet in a world echoing Ayn Rand’s prophetic warning, where supply chains falter, inflation soars, and capitalism faces vicious attacks, it’s time for individuals to change course—and work together to do so!Are you ready to reignite the spirit of heroic achievers and champions of reason?

I first read Atlas Shrugged in High School. I was about 17 and it was recommended to me. I remember both of my parents got a kick out of the fact I was randomly reading it. They had both read it. The only thing they commented about it (well my Dad anyway) was about the description of the lead Character being “dishevelled,” which I took from him to be some form of sexual reference.

The book was about 1088 pages. It took me a month and a half to read. And I read 2 Shakespearian plays (Hamlet and Troilus and Cressida), Medea, Oedipus Rex and a Tale of Two Cities during the same time (I had a rather psychotic English Teacher). And remember, I was reading Atlas for fun.

Still today I say that Atlas Shrugged was among the most significant books I have ever read. Significant because it brought to life so many of the problems we see in society. Was it overly dramatic? At times. Was it unrealistic? Sure. Did it paint the world in terms of completely black or white? Yes it did.

That is the joy of fiction. And when you look at political fiction, you are going to have this.

I think the thing that gets me still today is how polarizing the book and the author remains. Most people I know on the left hate Ayn Rand. And I mean HATE. And that is both those who have read her books and those who have not. And lets face it. Her books are not an easy read. 1088 pages and let me tell you that the type is small. About 70 of those pages are a single monolog that starts:

“For twelve years, you have been asking: Who is John Galt? This is John Galt speaking. I am the man who loves his life. I am the man who does not sacrifice his love or his values. I am the man who has deprived you of victims and thus has destroyed your world, and if you wish to know why you are perishing—you who dread knowledge—I am the man who will now tell you.”

And Ends:

“I swear—by my life and my love of it—that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”

For the book it lays out the belief system of the people who have the power to control the world. And that power lies in their ability to decide whether to sacrifice themselves or to demand respect.

For Ayn Rand, it laid out her entire political philosophy. It very bluntly makes the case for capitalism vs collectivism. And its bluntness is probably a lot of the reason that the left hates her.

So in honor of Atlas Shrugged Day, I am recommending the book to all who have or have not read it (I have personally read it 4 times as well as watched the 3-part movie series). It may or may not change your entire life. But it will leave an impression.