A dominating aspect: While Return charts often have factors which clearly describe a ‘theme’ for the chart’s cyclic period, Natal charts are often taken as a “whole complex” to describe a potential set of life themes. In the natal chart referred to in this posting one aspect will clearly be seen as defining a fateful life theme.
- A natal chart: We will be looking at a natal chart for Jan. 6, 1927 placed in Kasachstan, a distant eastern province of Soviet Russia. The subject, Adolph Talkachev, moved with his family at the age of two to Moscow. He was destined to become a powerful central figure in the cold war between the United States and it allies versus Russia.
- Reference material: David E. Hoffman’s “The Billion Dollar Spy” details the amazing work of this Russian dissident who provided the U.S. with billions of dollars of research information directly form the research facility that supported radar, electronic technology and developing weapons systems for the Soviets over a period of several years.
- Overview of Tolkachev’s life: A brief overview of Tolkachev’s adult life is presented. Details will be presented in future postings.
The natal chart of Adolph Tolkacheve.
This “noon” chart places the Sun near the MC. The opposing Pluto lies at the IC angle. Mars is rising in the first house, broadly trine the Sun and closely semi-square Uranus. Other aspects include Venus sextile Uranus, Jupiter opposing Neptune. Mercury broadly trines Mars and broadly squares Uranus. Let us examine each of these chart factors.
- Sun-opp-Pluto: As the Senior Designer at Russia’s center for radar and electronics research and weapon’s development, and as the most productive U.S. spy that ever worked for the CIA, Tolkachev’s statement that he “was a dissident at heart” is highly descriptive of this Sun-Pluto aspect. The Sun as an expression of character and intent, opposed by Pluto as an expression of undercover distruction and irrevocable change are placed in an opposition pattern of high conflict and tension. Future postings will show how this all played out.
- Mars trine the Sun and closely semi-square Uranus. Intentions (Sun) will easily result and support (trine) taking action (Mars). Tolkachev’s focus (Sun) is to struggle (semi-square) for freedeom (Uranus). His family had been badly hurt by the Stalin purges and broken apart by the brutality of those times. As a result he was fiercely opposed to the tightly-controlled life of then ‘modern day’ Russia. While younger, and then as a family man, he felt powerless to fight back against the ‘system.’ As the Senior Designer of the research institute, he was finally in a position to rebel.
- Venus sextile Uranus. Venus, running just ahead of the Sun discovers its own value-set and means of finding harmony and a place of comfort. The sextile relationship to Uranus points to an honest self-appraisal of how to find and maintain the personal sense of balance. We should also note the inconjunct relationship to Neptune which requires one to “twist” ones dreams so as to rationalize what is truly of value in support of one’s ideals or fantasy.
- Jupiter opposing Neptune. Opportunities for social expansion and gains are represented by Jupiter. The nature of Russia’s closed society worked against ‘social expansion’ as we in the U.S. see it. So, ‘personal gain and satisfaction’ becomes the outlet for Jupiter. Neptune as an opposition point might suggest an unsatisfactory (opposition) theme of idealism (Neptune). We might see this pattern as representing, for Tolkachev, an unsatisfactory life and a basis for his decision to do something rebellious.
- Mercury. The broad square to Uranus and broad trine to Mares can be considered as being supportive elements. Tolkachev would be upset by thoughts and concepts that were not clear and true within themselves. Lies and distortion could not be tolerated. Thoughts were always linked to action. He was not a man to be quiet and content with life. He was a ‘doer’.
Overview of Tolkachev’s life.
Tolkachev’s wife’a parents were caught up in the purges that were part of early Russian history. Stalin had set up a vast network of informants, some paid, most rewarded when they reported someone else of an actual or imaginary fault. His mother mother-in-law, Sofia, had visited her father in Denmark who was a businessman. Upon her return to Moscow she was arrested as a dissident. After a trial she was convicted of subversion and executed. Talkachev’s father-in-law refused to denounce his wife and was sentenced to ten years of hard labor. Their daughter, married Adolph Tokachev.
Tolkachev, himself, had a more conventional upbringing. School brought achievement, followed by assigned placements in future schools and then into work. While he had preferences, there were no choices. He ended up at a research institute. By virtue of his hard work and study he advanced to the position of Senior Designer, heading up research and development of radar and electronic systems for future weapons and airplane systems. All of his wife’s family history and suffering, plus their own witness to the faults of their present-day work and living situation caused great turmoil in their lives. Their only comfort was each other and their one son.
It was in 1977 that Tolkachev decided the time and circumstances were right for him to do his part in rebelling against the Soviet system. He would become a spy for the U.S. and divulge all of the research on their radar, electronics and weapon’s systems. In this way he could severely damage the government.
A dominating aspect.
From this material, we can see that the Sun-opposite-Pluto aspect became the dominating theme for Tolkachev’s life. We will see this play out in future postings as we follow his lengthy career as a spy.