While Taoists and believers of folk religions still feel it safer to believe in the concept of offending Tai Sui rather than not, most religions still hold that every day is a good day regardless of one’s zodiac sign and that one will not offend Tai Sui as long as one’s heart is true and pure. Ethnologist Lin Mao-sheng explained how those at the greatest risk of offending Tai Sui will experience major problems even if they do not experience disasters. Lin said that most people who pacify Tai Sui do it for their peace of mind. Taoist and Buddhist temples around Taiwan all charge similar rates for pacifying Tai Sui as they do for the lighting of a small lamp for good fortune during the Lunar New Year, with rates ranging from a few hundred New Taiwan (NT) dollars to more than NT$1,000.
(Translated by Drew Cameron)