Another thing which the ruler of this annual cycle will not like is the Rat's inclination to act surreptitiously, waiting for a convenient opportunity to bring about its own self-serving goals with the help of cunning or lies. In order to avoid provoking the anger of the four-legged mistress of 2018, Rats will have to profoundly reassess their behavioral tactics. This reassessment will imply a complete renunciation of everything which representatives of this sign made active use of in the past. We're talking about their notorious tendency to transfer their obligations onto others. During the year of the Yellow Dog, Rats will have to become the authors of their own fates, completely independent people, boldly looking at their upcoming day, and not expecting any help from anyone else.
Of course, it won't be easy for Rats to completely renounce all their old habits. The Dog, for its part, will present you with the opportunity to carry out this adaptation stage in peace. It will last from the start of the Yellow Dog's reign (from the 16th of February) until the middle of April. You should devote this time to intentional self-discovery, by finding within yourself precisely the characteristics which are in need of reconstruction. The analysis carried out during the current stretch lies at the basis of your new plan for life, the primary vector of which will be the pure fight for success, and not the search for ways to carry out cunning maneuvers.
The earlier you make a new life plan, the more productive the end of this annual cycle will before you. Don't forget to include in your life project for 2018 not only matters related to finances and your career, but also everything which represents your sphere of personal relationships. The Dog is pleased by friendship and partnership, and so make an effort to maintain warm relations with your friends (or colleagues at work) by all means. While you are developing your new life axiom, you shouldn't make your close friends puppets to bring your own lofty ambitions. Learn to divide your work and your personal life, understanding that friends are the people around whom you feel emotional comfort, and not your 'serfs' who you can command ruthlessly and cynically. You will also have to understand this in matters relating to your romantic relationships. You will agree that you can't build love, and certainly not a marriage, on communication in which one person is 'lord and master', and the other is merely a subordinate. Equality is an effective mechanism, which will lead your marriage to complete harmony.
It will be solely up to you to decide how to achieve equality specifically in your family. On the whole, by giving advice to each Rat, the next landmark can be determined, first and foremost, renounce your inherent egoism. In 2018 you will have to ask yourself - when last did you show an interest in your marriage partner? The answer to this question will probably surprise you and motivate you to make serious changes within your home. Essentially, there's nothing hard about coming home from work and leaving behind everything which doesn't concern your marriage at the front door (including your natural self-love, your tedious speaking about yourself, and similar manifestations of your ego). At home, alone with your life companion, try to understand as deeply as possible what they are living for, what plans and goals are particularly relevant to them. In the year of the Yellow Dog, you will have every opportunity to start to write your family biography from scratch, so for this reason you should make a bit of an effort.
As far as single Rats are concerned, in 2018 they must not retreat into themselves or give up their innate tendency to be flirtatious. Yes, the ruler of this year is quite strict, but it is not opposed to the active interaction between the sexes. The main thing is that when trying to draw attention to yourself, you shouldn't use the methods which the Dog does not approve of. Firstly, don't touch what doesn't belong to you (that is, avoid communication with married people and those who already have a permanent partner). Secondly, having taken it upon yourself to conquer the person you are interested in, act with integrity, without the intrigues or cunning manipulations which are so dear to you.
On the whole, in 2018 Rats will be given the right to major success in the most different areas of life. If you want to make a breakthrough in your career, achieve grandiose victories in the business sphere or do serious science, go for it! Everything will definitely work out for you, if you demonstrate objectivity and sanity. You shouldn't hope that somebody will bring you this success on a silver platter. No, there won't be any happy accidents or undeserved gifts in your life during the period of the Yellow Dog's reign. Everything which you will be able to achieve at the end of the day, will be the result of your own personal efforts. This is why it would be right to make yourself a strict plan which correlates clearly to your opportunities and ambitions. If some of these ambitions prove to be disproportionately high, and you doubt whether you will ever be able to achieve them, stop where you are. Don't try to jump above your head, this wouldn't be right. How much more logical and wise would the course of your life be if at first you conquered a small hill, and only then tried to start conquering Everest?
By acting slowly, gradually, approaching success one step after another, you will be significantly further than you originally planned. There is a good chance that already during the second half of the year of the Dog you will be able to increase your regular income, which will take place once again not by a happy coincidence, but thanks to your own efforts. Your budget will be bolstered by a bigger salary, which you will get by doing a prestigious job, or by profit, which your own business will start to bring in after a skilfully tested upgrade. The growth in profit will, of course, be to your liking, but it will only be an insignificant bonus, a trifle compared to what you could receive if you continue to work as productively from now on. That is, everything you achieve in 2018, is a peculiar advance, which you need to manage properly, extracting the maximum profit. Rats naturally spend money on luxury and on leisure, but when the world is ruled by the Dog, you will have to become more serious when it comes to financial matters. Especially since, if you set this 'advance' aside in your bank account (everything earned during 2018), you will thank yourself more than once for your foresight.