THEY SAY SOME RELATIONSHIPS ARE WRITTEN IN THE STARS. WE LOOK AT WHAT THE ZODIAC REALLY HAS TO SAY ABOUT SOME WELL-KNOWN COUPLES
Author Nellie Mckinley has been a professional astrologer for more than 30 years. Her book Astrology: A Compatibility Guide draws on her experience providing relationship guidance to hundreds of couples.
She shares her insights after analysing the birth charts of some celebrity couples.
1. COURTNEY HANCOCK AND NICK BUCHANAN
It was thunderbolt stuff when champion ironwoman Courtney Hancock met cricketer Nick Buchanan at the Noosa Triathlon just over two years ago.
They were both taking part in the Legends teams event for professional athletes and although they weren’t on the same side, they’ve been a team ever since.
Their relationship has flourished despite Courtney, 30, living on the Gold Coast and Queenslander Nick, 27, son of former Australian cricket coach John Buchanan, playing cricket for Tasmania.
What the astrologer says:
Both Courtney and Nick have their luminaries (sun and moon) in fire signs.
Nick is an Aries with a moon in Sagittarius and Courtney is a Leo with her moon in Aries, so there would have been an immediate attraction between them and a mutual understanding.
Loads of fire in their charts indicates they are passionate in all aspects of their life and highly idealistic in their relationship, so they will need to communicate their feelings so their partner can understand and be mindful of their expectations.
Both have the ability to encourage each other to do their best in their endeavours and ambitions.
Courtney is loyal and committed and can rise to any challenge and displays an outward sense of confidence yet the challenging aspect in her chart – Venus/saturn combination – indicates approval and love needs to come from within rather than from seeking outside adulation.
Courtney and Nick are highly motivated and have lots in common but need a lot of independence to shine as individuals.
Nick’s Venus in the seventh house indicates he will always achieve harmony in his relationships and Courtney needs to trust this steady, level and balanced aspect of his chart.
Both share the ruling planet Venus so they would have similar values and enjoy the romantic and practical aspects of life together.
Fire signs create an easy rapport together but need space and time out on occasion.
Nick’s chart shows a strong romantic and sensitive side which Courtney embraces. These two are highly compatible.
What Courtney says:
“There’s a lot of things we both agreed with,” Courtney says. “We said, ‘Yes, that’s definitely us’.
“The bit about there being an immediate attraction and mutual understanding between us is very true. I’ve met so many wonderful people but when we met, we just all of a sudden connected. We both thought straight away ‘This person needs to be in my life’.
“The other thing that’s very accurate is that we support and encourage each other, but as professional athletes we need to be individuals with what we do as well.
“To have that space as an individual and a partner understanding and encouraging you, you definitely need that. We do that for each other. That’s very true.”
2. JAKE ELLIS AND MEGAN MARX
Jake, 32, and Megan, 29, became an item on the Fiji set of Bachelor in Paradise, a reality television show for unsuccessful contestants from The Bachelor and Bachelorette series.
Their time on the program wasn’t exactly smooth sailing – early on, they were involved in a love triangle with another female contestant and eventually opted out of the finale’s commitment ceremony because they didn’t feel ready.
But they continued seeing each other after the program wrapped, only to announce their split on social media last August after eight months together.
Since then, they’ve rekindled their relationship and are now living together on the Gold Coast.
What the astrologer says:
There are some very interesting aspects here. Jake is an Aries and Megan is a Cancer. While it might seem that opposites attract, Jake’s moon is in Cancer, Megan’s sun sign, so that combines very well.
There’s an understanding of that sensitivity and sense of domestic and family ties.
Those moon/sun combinations are very common in solid relationships.
Megan’s moon is in Virgo – so trust and loyalty are important to her.
Jake’s Venus is in Taurus so that reliability in a partner comes through in his chart too. Her way of communication about relationship matters is good for him.
But Jake likes his seclusion too. It’s not all about public life for him. Megan needs to understand he likes his quiet space. The key here is communication.
I see a compatibility with their approach to finances and money. She is good around money, well adjusted, and they can work well in that area together.
Jake’s approach to life is more steadfast and has self-control while Megan’s Mars in Aries can add a bit more passion into their relationship.
There’s a lot of Neptunian influence in both their charts which would indicate some mutual interests in artistic pursuits and spiritual growth.
I see surprise and excitement in their relationship, also encouragement and support. It won’t be dull and boring.
Jake likes to be fulfilled in his working life
and likes his freedom and Megan likes to feel a sense of appreciation. They’ve got some intuitive understanding of each other. She likes his childlike nature and there’s a very fun, spontaneous side to their relationship. What Megan and Jake say:
“There were things we agreed with and a couple we didn’t,” Megan says. “The bit about reliability in a partner being important for Jake is very true and, for me, it’s trust and loyalty.
“The bit about Jake liking his seclusion sounds more like me. Jake agrees with that too. He’s a lot more social than I am.
“The bit about compatibility with our approach to finances is also true. We both have the same ideas there.
“Yes, career-wise, we both have big years ahead with what we want to achieve,” Jake says. “We’re on the same page with that.”
“We both want to make the other proud, like the reading says,” Megan says. “And it’s definitely true our relationship is full of surprise and excitement and never dull and boring.
“There’s always some adventure and never any dullness. That’s very true.”
3. JAMES BLUNDELL AND BECKY WILLIAMS
New Australian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee James Blundell hails from Stanthorpe in southern Queensland and met Becky Williams when they were teenagers.
James attended boarding school on the Gold Coast and Becky, the daughter of the late Sea World entrepreneur Keith and his wife Thea Williams, went to the nearby girls’ school. They belonged to the same group of friends, but life took them their separate ways.
James worked on properties across Northern Australia before a work injury steered him towards a music career.
He has had a tumultuous relationship history: two marriages and a split with partner, former Australian Idol contestant Jesse Curran, the mother of the two youngest of his four children.
James reconnected with Becky, who was single, after running into a mutual friend from their old days just over a year ago.
What the astrologer says:
James is a Sagittarius. He has vision, enthusiasm and is very idealistic in his relationships. His creative ability inspires Becky. Becky is an Aquarius and is freedom loving and independent.
I can see the desire to achieve joint goals in their charts. Becky’s moon is in Virgo so she would be very attentive to the needs of others, especially now with James.
It’s a passionate relationship, both physically and mentally, and they enjoy the stimulation that creates for them.
Both their Venuses are in Scorpio so while that indicates sexual passion, loyalty is also a strong feature in their charts. They’re very confident in each other’s space, as if they are soulmates.
They’re both people who like to be in charge or in control but both their moons are in earth signs so they can be very practical about that.
Becky can be quite stubborn but James likes a strong lady so that could be perfect, really.
There’s a healing energy in their relationship which I feel is a real turning point in both their lives. There’ll be a lot of luck in their relationship and I get the sense they think their paths have crossed again for a reason.
There’s a great potential to transform their lives in some way.
They’re both unconventional types and inspired by each other. It places them well to achieve their joint goals and where they are heading together. Their destinies align.
Their security needs are similar. Becky tends to express her feelings in actions. She likes structure and has a well-developed sense of duty and responsibility.
What Becky says:
“It sounds good to us,” Becky says. “It was pretty accurate about the both of us really although some of my friends had a laugh about me being responsible and having a sense of duty.
“I think the reading describes James well. It sounds like him. He thought so too. We’re happy with it. It’s hard not to be really.”
4. KARL STEFANOVIC AND JASMINE YARBROUGH
The relationship between the former Today Show host and his new wife, shoe designer Jasmine Yarbrough is well documented.
They met five months after Karl, 44, split with his wife and mother of his three children and were engaged a year later.
They married in Mexico in December and Karl was dropped from the Today Show less than two weeks later.
Karl is still under contract with Channel 9 although his role for 2019 remains unclear.
Jasmine is co-founder of the shoe label Mara and Mine, ironically best known for its zodiac collection of star sign slides.
What the astrologer says:
Like all relationships, this relationship will have some challenges but there are some wonderful affinities there.
Karl is a Leo. He’s quite proud and there’s a need to be honoured. Jasmine is an
Aquarius. Her chart shows that she’s independent and very capable and needs her space. He’ll need more nurturing and she’ll need to supply a bit of adulation too. She’ll give him a bit of oomph at times.
One thing they share is that relationships with family are very important to them. They also share an interest in the artistic and they both want a safe, harmonious home life. That shows there’ll be stability and longevity in their relationship.
Karl’s moon is in Gemini and Jasmine’s is in Sagittarius. The moon plays a major role in our emotional needs. Their moons show there’s an easy communication between them.
It’s clear there was an instant attraction. Karl was attracted by Jasmine’s sense of beauty, style and charm and there was an intuitive understanding of each other and the sense that destiny played a big role in them being together.
There’s a lot of Capricorn in Jasmine’s chart showing she’s quite grounded, earthy and practical. Their North Nodes, the path of destiny in our lives, are actually opposite each other which means they can learn from each other in their lives.
Karl’s chart shows his skill with words. He can be quick, fast and doesn’t mince words. He enjoys recognition for his work and achievements, and respect – a big thing for fire signs.
Jasmine is quite resourceful and savvy. She’s a strong character and will need her own space. They could be quite successful together in business if they go down that path but it’s clear Jasmine would never sell her soul for financial gain.
Communication is important for Jasmine and Karl, however Karl may need to curb, (at times), his over-enthusiastic manner and listen to Jasmine’s perspectives.
One of the key things is that Karl will need to understand Jasmine is independent, friendships are extremely important to her and she’ll need her space.
The big plus for them is they both want a secure and peaceful home life. That aspect in their charts is very good for marriage – it shows great stability.
Jasmine and Karl were happy to be included in the feature but declined to comment on their reading.
“IT WAS PRETTY ACCURATE ABOUT THE BOTH OF US REALLY ALTHOUGH SOME OF MY FRIENDS HAD A LAUGH ABOUT ME BEING RESPONSIBLE AND HAVING A SENSE OF DUTY.”
ASTROLOGICAL ADVICE TO ALL COUPLES
With Valentine’s Day approaching, Nellie has some wise words she’d like to share with all couples based on her years of relationship counselling.
“Astrology shows everyone has their own cycles or transits that may bring up difficulties, changes or challenges to relationships at different times,” she says.
“I’ve seen it many times that once these cycles are over or the transit finishes, couples get back on track. They don’t mean a couple is incompatible and people should realise these challenges are part of every relationship.
“It’s important they don’t give up on their relationship too soon because these things are cyclic. Each partner goes through them and the key is you need to be communicative about how you are feeling.”