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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.


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.



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.”

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