Astrology and Places: The “Spring Temple Buddha”
The “Spring Temple Buddha” is a statue situated at Zhaocun a small town in Lushan County in the chinese province of Henan. It is and has been the tallest statue in the world since its completion in 2002. The decision to built the sculpture was taken shortly after the destruction of the Buddhas of Bamyan in Afghanistan by the Taliban regime in March 2001. The 25 m pedestal which the statue of 128 m is placed on, serves as a buddhist monastery. The name “Spring Temple” refers to the nearby Tianrui hot spring.
The construction site has both astrogeographical coordinates for radius level 3 in the first decade of the earth sign Capricorn. Capricorn in the case of a temple stands for the demands to preserve, rule, resist, abstain and excorcize, but does not indicate the perception of spiritual aspects, the concentration on the divine nor the opennes to the communion with entities of the spiritual plane. Apart from that Capricorn represents the combination of the elements of earth and fire and so does not directly refer to the site of a spring nor to places of water. It rather stands for dry and even desert-like biotopes. As to the circumstances of the statue`s construction its astrogeographical position may well serve as an indicator for the constructor`s intention to stand firm against the extinction of Buddhist inheritance worldwide.
The combination of Capricorn with Capricorn does not relate to the typical astrological aspects in Gautama Buddhas birth chart as it is traditionally delivered in India: the Sun in the last degrees of Aries, the Ascendant between 15° and 20° of Cancer and the Moon in Libra (compare: BV Raman Rao “Notable Horoscopes”).
If Capricorn was considered to describe the character of the celestial Adibuddha Vairocana it could be his aspect as the embodiment of Emptiness (Śūnyatā) which refers to the absence of inherent existence in all phenomena that could best be related to the reflex of the reduction of mysticism in Capricorn. If Capricorn is interpreted as an indication for the possible aspect of Vairocana as the primordial and highest of all Buddhas Capricorn would indicate that Vairocana represents an administrator of the cosmos rather than a central creator personality.