Relationships that are one sign apart in the zodiac combine two different elements (fire, earth, air or water). People in “next door neighbour” relationships often ask why they get on well. The reason is that both Mercury (communication) and Venus (love) never move far away from the Sun, so there’s often a close connection between planets in the two charts. This creates an affinity between people with next door Sun signs.
A new hot-off-the-press celebrity couple are Alex Reid (b. 21 July 1975 – Cancer) and Chantelle Houghton (b. 21 August 1983 – Leo) who are engaged and having a baby together. The “next door neighbour” relationship obviously appeals to Alex as his ex, Katie Price, is a Gemini, the sign before Cancer. Below are the 12 possible combinations with celebrity examples. [Celebrity names are written in correct star sign order, i.e. for Cancer-Leo, Alex is Cancer and Chantelle is Leo].
Aries-Taurus: Fire-Earth. This is a sexy combination between the first two signs of the zodiac. Aries is impulsive and bold; Taurus is sensual and persistent. Aries teaches Taurus that taking risks is a blast and Taurus reins in head-strong Aries. Together they have a lot of fun and can achieve great things. Celebrity couples: Victoria & David Beckham; Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson; Russell Crowe & Dannielle Spencer
Taurus-Gemini: Earth-Air. Taurus loves comfort and routine and Gemini is flighty and restless. This pair do enjoy a giggle but have to be prepared to meet the other halfway. Taurus teaches Gemini that consistency brings rewards and Gemini keeps Taurus entertained. Celebrity couples: Enrique Iglesias & Anna Kournikova; Andre Agassi & Steffi Graf
Gemini-Cancer: Air-Water. Cancer needs a partner who understands them on an emotional level but Gemini runs a mile from strong emotions. If Gemini can transform Cancer’s mood swings and keep things light and Cancer nurtures child-like Gemini, this pairing can go far. Celebrity couples: Clint & Dina Eastwood; Michael J Fox & Tracy Pollan; Nicole Kidman & Tom Cruise
Cancer-Leo: Water-Fire. Emotional Cancer thrives on the heat and warmth of fun-loving Leo. Leo loves to be centre of attention and laps up Cancer’s caring and protective side. Treats and indulgences are a necessity not a luxury and this couple loves to be in pampering heaven. Celebrity couples: Alex Reid & Chantelle Houghton; Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick
Leo-Virgo: Fire-Earth. This couple is all about looking and feeling good. Leo adores the attention that Virgo gives them and prim and proper Virgo enjoys living life to the full with fun-loving Leo. If they can balance work and play, these two make a winning team. Celebrity couples: Jamie Cullum & Sophie Dahl; Madonna & Guy Richie; J-Lo & Marc Anthony
Virgo-Libra: Earth-Air. A refined and cultured couple, this is a romantic pairing. Both Virgo and Libra appreciate beauty and order and enjoy sampling the finer things in life. A meeting of minds and a healthy work-life balance is on the cards when this couple learn to appreciate each other. Celebrity couples: Jada Pinkett & Will Smith; Prince Harry & Chelsy Davy; Lenny Henry & Dawn French
Libra-Scorpio: Air-Water. Ruled by Venus and Mars respectively, Libra and Scorpio are the cosmic lovers of the zodiac. A tempestuous but loving couple, this love affair can reach mythic proportions. Issues may arise if Libra tries to analyse and keep love light when Scorpio wants to go in deep and demands loyalty. Celebrity couple: Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale
Scorpio-Sagittarius: Water-Fire. Scorpio and Sagittarius both thrive on adventure so there’s no shortage of passion between these two. Scorpio wants love to be intense and seeks a psychic connection whereas freedom-loving Sagittarius wants love to be fun and commitment can be an issue. Celebrity couples: Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg; Ryan Reynolds & Scarlett Johannson
Sagittarius-Capricorn: Fire-Earth. An unlikely combination at first glance, it’s not easy to imagine larger-than-life Sagittarius and sensible Capricorn as ideal bedmates. However, both signs are worldly and experienced. If they find a common ambition, they can work well together and show off their entrepreneurial flair. Celebrity couple: Julianne Moore & Bart Freundlich
Capricorn-Aquarius: Earth-Air. Capricorn and Aquarius are both Saturn-ruled and this pair’s at their best out in the world making a difference. Capricorn can be too stuffy for non-conformist Aquarius and Aquarius hoards friends like Capricorn hoards trophies. The stereotypical “odd” couple who prove that, in love, anything goes. Celebrity couples: Carla Bruni & Nicolas Sarkozy; Abigail Clancy & Peter Crouch
Aquarius-Pisces: Air-Water. Aquarius and Pisces are hippies at heart and an unconventional love affair appeals to them both. Aquarius can be too emotionally detached for sensitive Pisces who weeps at the drop of a hat. If they learn to love each other’s differences, they can go the full distance in love. Celebrity couples: Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel; Gavin Henson & Charlotte Church
Pisces-Aries: Water-Fire. An impulsive combination, the Pisces-Aries couple falls head over heels in love fast. Pisces’ sentimentality may wear thin on tough-nosed Aries and Aries’ impatience may drive soulful Pisces a little batty. If they meet each other halfway, their love and joy of life can be inspirational. Celebrity couple: Freddie Prinze Jr & Sarah Michelle Gellar