Fate is immutable , but chance is variable . By choosing an auspicious day or hour the course of a person ‘s life can be coordinated with the cosmos , to that person ‘s benefit . ( Please refer to our article " An abc of Chinese Divination . " )
The elderly still have deep faith in the medicinal virtues of Paosheng Tati . Even if they go to the hospital for treatment , they will ‘t neglect a trip to Pao An Temple to ask Tati to tellthem which hospital would be best or what the most auspicious day for surgery would be .
There are also descriptions of the aborigines in the Huang Ching Chih Kung Tu [Descriptions of Ways of Life] : when deer hunting , they would observe and listen to the birds , and , based on the length and strength of the warble , the way the bird was flying , and so on , determine whether or not it was a good idea to press on . The Fan She Tsai Feng Tu Kaotsai [Descriptions of the Customs and Folklore of Barbarian Societies] suggested that this was like the Han Chinese custom of geomancy when building houses or bridges , when a geomancer is asked to interpret the lay of the land , saying that although the aborigines knew nothing of geomancy , they had their own methods when building a house– they selected an auspicious day according to the calls of the birds .
Chen Shu-ying , who required a Cesarean because of diabetes contracted during pregnancy , is an example of the minority of un believers . Planning to give birth at the ntu Medical Center , she went two weeks in advance of her anticipated time of birth to schedule surgery , discovering that the " good days " were already booked solid . She had no choice but to choose a day that no one wanted because " it was a little unlucky . " Although both mother and child went through delivery untroubled , later on her child turned out to be weak and frequently ill . Both physically and mentally exhausted , she frankly confesses that she regrets that she was so careless at the outset and did not choose a more auspicious day for her surgery .
Lu Li-cheng , director of the office of exhibitions at the Taiwan Museum of Prehistoric Culture , who has done a study on " The Recognition and Categorization of Time " among various peoples , stresses that choosing an auspicious day is by no means something for the foolish .
If they came across the warning , " Not a good day to deliver a report , " there would ‘t be a single document dispatched that day . It got to the point where the Jiaqing emperor had to declare : " On unlucky days there are no reports at all , but on lucky days the reports from every ministry come all at once . Every time I get a lot of reports , I check the almanac and it is always an ‘auspicious day . ‘ This is absurd ! So I am ordering all ministries to send in their reports right away , regardless of the day . "