People born under the sign of the Dog are the pillars the world needs. People have thought of you as the bedrock for most of your life: strong, dependable, faithful, and ready to help out anyone at any time. These are admirable traits that are worth nurturing and growing. But in 2020, you, Dog, will be using those traits to help someone who could really use it, someone who has been neglected for a long time. If you guessed that it's "yourself", you're quite right. Don't roll your eyes at that thought, though, because until you help take care of yourself a little better, you aren't going to be doing anyone else any good, and all of those positive traits of yours will completely fall by the wayside. Think of it this way: you are going to spend the year helping yourself so that you can be the best Dog you can be for others.
The 2020 Year of the Metal Rat is shining upon you, dear Dog. That means it's shining a spotlight on you, preparing for your solo. You don't want to disappoint that celestial Rat. In 2020 you officially have permission from the stars to take the time to focus on you. This is not easy for you. In fact, you might think you're being вЂconceited' or вЂselfish'. Nothing could be further from the truth. Listen to the cosmos. It's essentially saying "take a day off". Odds are good that this is easier said than done for you. Not a problem. That's also why the cosmos has given you an entire year to work on it and get better at it. It's doing this because it wants you to shine and thrive, and sometimes the only way to move forward is to take a small step back for a moment. You are going to treat yourself right for once under the orders of the universe. My goodness, everything seems to be treating the Dog right this year, isn't it?
As you come into January 2020, you are going to start working on something fundamental to you: your health. No, it's not the time to start a program of fasting and workouts that would shame The Rock. You are going to take a hard look at your current physical state and level of activity and see what could use some improvements. And yes, no matter what your lifestyle, you always have areas of improvement. If this means getting yourself to a doctor, then yes, do that ASAP for a checkup. Look at what you're eating and see if you can make small adjustments that you can stick to. You don't have to give up ice cream, but maybe one night a week you can skip the red meat? This is the time for honest, clear assessment of what you're doing and where you'd like to go. If you're a couch potato, go for a walk. If you're a marathon runner, skip leg day one week and do the arms. The last week in January is the perfect time to set up a plan for the months to come.
February 2020 is going to be the beginning of some challenges for you. The temptation will be there to be a little more selfish than usual for you. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, though. You're not going to become a self-centered ridiculous person, hopeless posting selfies on Instagram and being terrible to waitstaff. But you are going to treat yourself a bit more than you usually do. Don't worry: this won't be at the expense of others. This is part of the journey of being faithful and dependable for you. What you do want to watch out for is if you're being healthy in your selfishness or just gluttonous. It's not surprising that you might not be able to tell easily where the line is. After all, you've spent most of your life looking after others. Let's define healthy selfishness as that which makes you feel more energized and ready to tackle the day after you indulge. This could be a massage or a mental resetting trip, or just sitting quietly and staring peacefully out the window (hey look! A squirrel!). Unhealthy selfishness is sheer consumption that has no point of satiation. You know, eating a box of cookies while lying on the couch. There's a momentary, fleeting sense of pleasure, but ultimately no satisfaction (and feeling gross after). So avoid that. Go for the healthy selfishness and rejuvenate and replenish yourself.
Spring 2020 is traditionally the time when love is in the air and single people cast their nets looking for the perfect mate (or the perfect mate for right now). That's not going to be the case for you, Dog. Instead, spring is going to be the time of great industriousness. This is the time for you to hunker down at work and try to pull ahead. If there's an opportunity for a great, interesting project, volunteer for it immediately. If there's a need for people to pitch in at the last minute, due tomorrow project, get some food for everyone and help out. If nothing like this presents itself at your job, it's time to do some extra work elsewhere. This is the perfect moment for a great side gig. If the day job isn't challenging you, work in your off-hours on a passion project, or at least a вЂkind of cool' project. But don't make it a passive hobby. Really dig in this spring to make this lucrative for you. Early April 2020 is the prime time for success in this area, with some financial results from all of your efforts arriving by late May.
And those financial gains will arrive just in time for an active summer for you, Dog. You will have a number of activities thrown at you. It could be a bunch of weddings, friends throwing parties, or just fun opportunities that you can't afford to pass up. But you will also have a lot of self-directed projects that you don't feel you can postpone any longer. This is related to that extra work in the spring mentioned earlier. You no doubt have a personal вЂto do' list and most likely some larger projects you've dreamt about but have never had the time for them. Well guess what, Dog? This summer is the time for working on things from this list. If these are house repairs you've delayed, pick one and dig into it, even if you have to hire someone to do the work for you. But maybe you've got a dream project that - up until now - hasn't needed to be done. Maybe you've wanted to record an album, or learn how to speak French, or finally organize your family's photos into a book. These are real passion projects and the universe is saying the time to work on them is this summer. In fact, you'll be working on these through the rest of the 2020 year. Spend some time in the first week of June making a list of what are some possible contenders for this project (or projects. Be ambitious!) and start making the groundwork for them.
The rest of 2020 will have you continuing on these new avocations, as well as taking better care of yourself. The autumn is the perfect time to look closely at your health and lifestyle and make any changes to get you back on track. Hopefully, you've been following those good behaviors you started in January, but if not, no worries: get back on that train. It doesn't all have to be sweating and grunting, though. Schedule a massage for yourself. Go and get a facial and a pedicure, even if these things are well out of your usual experience. But you deserve them, especially if you're trying to work and job and a passion project or two. Make sure you're keeping your engine running well. Get yourself to a doctor at this time to prevent any health problems from appearing in December 2020 and early 2021. Even if you've had a checkup recently, maybe consider a full workup. And while you're at it, check into one of those free training sessions your gym offers to see what advice the trainer can give you. And have you ever met with a nutritionist? Well guess what? Now's the time.
You are the cornerstone, the pillar, the rock for so many people, Dog. Your selflessness is legendary. Nothing will - or should - change that. But for your longevity and peace of mind, you need to remember to serve yourself as well. Everyone, including you, needs to recharge their batteries from time to time. Even if you only think to do so just so you can serve others better, you'll be doing yourself a great service. You're worth it and so much more and it's time you recognize that. So put your feet up by the fire, look out the window, and rest easy knowing that you're as worthy of this attention as anyone else in the cosmos.
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