Photo of Tolkachev being arrested and placed in a van for transport to prison.
Over the intervening years between our last coverage period and mid-1985, Tolkachev continued to provide the CIA in Moscow with a wealth of intelligence material on in-development military equipment; planes, ships, radar, communications. He worked at a furious pace for the most part, taking home at noon time secret documents which he photographed. At each meeting, held several months apart, he would pass a great many film canisters to his CIA agent, equaling many hundreds of pages of information. He also sent copious notes.
All of this came to an end due to a disgruntled former employee of the CIA who was let go after his training period because it was found that he lied on one of his questionnaires. A few years later he sought revenge, and sold his information to the Russians. One part of that information referred to a highly placed CIA agent in one of their research facilities. Using that information, it did not take long for the KGB to pinpoint Tolkachev as the likely spy. They secretly searched his apartment and found cameras, rolls of film, printed material and communications from the CIA.
As Tolkachev and his wife returned from a weekend in the wilderness, heading for Moscow, they were stopped and arrested. Tolkachev was hustled into a van, stripped and searched, and re-clothed in a jump suit. They were taking no chances that he would have access to a suicide pill. The date was June 5, 1985. The chart for this dates Moon-Sun Return is shown below.
The single closely angular planet is t/Sun at the IC angle. One’s life, resources and self-identity is at an end-point or a new beginning. For Tolkachev, it was obvious that this was the end of the road for him. The t/Moon-n/Sun Return occurred in the 6th house of service and adjustments. This position was squared by t/Venus. The delicate balance between spying and remaining without coming to the notice of the authorities was jeapordized at this time. No other planets were involved. The n/N.Node (the point where the transiting Moon’s orbit intersects the primary orbit between the Earth and Sun) was at the MC angle, representing career-related associates were involved — in this case, the defense agents who arrested him.
The chart below is for Tolkachev on this early day in June when he was arrested.
In the short interval since the Return chart, the chart angles have progressed or advanced only a small amount. Due to their similar speeds, the t/Sun remains close to the Advancing IC angle. Now, however, the horizontal axis and angles have been joined by t/Jupiter-n/Jupiter at the Asc. and Desc. ends of this axis. What might an “opportunity opposed by an opportunity” mean? First to come to one’s mind is “choice.” Do we take this opportunity or that opportunity? That was obviously not appropriate here.
Perhaps a ‘negation’ of opportunity or ‘luck’ is to be considered. One attribute that is often not considered is “overwhelmed.” One can become over confident, comfortable in a routine, and not careful about contending issues. An astrologer, if one was advising Tolkachev, might have advised him to do one of two things during this period; be taken out of the country, or to stop all spying activity (including disposing of any incriminating materials) and just take a year off from all of this dangerous spying activity.
Tolkachev had a saying, “Everything we do is dangerous.” He also said, “I am a dissident at heart.” His goal was to damage the Soviet Union to the maximum extent possible. He said, “I have selected a course which does not permit me to move backwards and I have no intention of veering from this course. Since I have tasked myself with passing the maximum amount of information, I do not intend to stop halfway.” All of this explains the extraordinary amount of material that he provided the CIA each time he met with a CIA agent. He was not doling out information in exchange for money. He was releasing a flood gate of information to damage the Soviet Union to the greatest extent possible.
So, back to Jupiter opposite Jupiter. Should we see this as the opportunity promised becoming the opportunity fulfilled. Is that what t/Jupiter-opposite-n/Jupiter can mean for Tolkachev? I would like to conclude this series of Tolkachev’s spy-activities with that thought in mind.
The next posting will be for the date of Tolkachev’s execution.
Ebertin’s amazing reference work, “The Combination of Stellar Influences,” notes the following relative to Sun-Uranus-MC combinations: “An excitable and restless person with far-reaching plans. Reformers, inventors, technicians. Experiencing the impact of sudden events or of emotional upheavals.” With Sun-Uranus at the MC we can appreciate surprises relating to one’s self, career and intentions. Tolkachev is reported to have taken all of this very calmly. He maintained that his wife and son knew nothing about his activities, and the manner in which he had hid his materials in the ceiling certainly supported that story. We do not know of his treatment during the year following his arrest. It is likely that the Soviets were more interested in trying to assess the extent of disclosures made to the U.S. than in personal revenge and torture against Tolkachev as an individual. They had years of records to go over relative to the materials he had taken out of the vaults for copy and photography purposes.