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Online Friend Is Different Offine – Mercury in the Birth Chart: Astrology-Based Advice

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Hi Elsa,

I need some advice about a friend. She's been my friend for about three years. We met in Mexico when I was teaching English there – she is Mexican. We met online; I was the one who wrote to her because her personality was bubbling over on the site where I found her profile. She sounded like so much fun!

When I met her, I was slightly disappointed in her behavior. She came across as bored, straight-faced, and like she was hiding something. I thought she didn't like me, but she kept calling me. Whenever we would chat online she would go back to being very bubbly, but in person she was always the same: dull, uninspired, off-putting.

I talked to her and learned that she wasn't happy to be in Mexico. She also mentioned her family sometimes and I got the impression that she didn't have the best relationship with either parent, who also got a divorce after that. She didn't reveal a whole lot to me about that.

Still, she was there for me in Mexico, and I was there for her. When I left Mexico, we kept in touch. We kept in touch almost every day. She was trying to get out of Mexico and move to London to do photography, and I was always supportive of her. Whenever I went online, she was there, and our conversations had a great amount of energy.

About two months ago, she finally moved to London, and I was so happy for her. She arranged to come to visit me in New York to pick up a computer that she had had delivered to my house. When I heard she was coming to New York, I was so excited! She had driven me around Mexico and hosted my boyfriend and me on a recent trip there, and I was looking forward to repaying her the kindness.

What started out as a very exciting visit ended horribly. She came to New York mostly interested in shopping, and she was more moody than I had ever seen her before. I asked her what was wrong, but she told me nothing. She was short with me whenever I would talk to her and gave me the cold shoulder in my own house! She did things like insult the food I'd prepared, tell me there was nothing to do in New York after I bought a magazine of about 1000 events happening here, and talk down to me when I tried to give her advice about London. She also listened to me talk a little about my boyfriend and offered no comment or anything about the guy she was dating in London. I was so angry with her by the time she left that I almost threw her out the door on the way to the airport. However, I had been through this one other time with another difficult person, so I decided to try it another way.

I took her to the airport and we went inside together to wait for a little while. I was hoping she would open up to me, but she didn't. She was cold. I finally got the nerve to ask her what was up, and she suddenly started crying. She told me that she was upset about her childhood and everything, and that she knew she had been difficult but that it wasn't intentional – just stuff she had been working on. I was shocked that she was telling me so much. It caught me so off-guard.

By the time she left, I had done a lot of positive talking to make her feel better. I felt good, but then driving away, I felt bad. Why didn't she open up to me? Wasn't it easy to do that in an airport? She went home and wrote me the same bubbly email as she had before. I don't know what to do about her. Is she a friend? I have no idea. The first real glimpse of her that I saw was that day in the airport. Is this the beginning or the end?

mercury goltziusConfused Friend

Dear Confused,

Your friend is not stable. I don’t think this is the beginning or the end. It just is. From here, you’re going to decide whether you want to continue to know her or not. My guess is that you will. She is obviously fascinating to you on some level and this is no surprise. Unstable people are often extremely engaging and if you don’t like to be bored, they make excellent friends! So here’s what I can do: I can demystify some of this for you and I think this will help you find clarity.

One of the core things baffling you is her online persona being so divergent from her offline presence and this I can explain. See, the way a person communicates… the way they come across online is shown by Mercury in their chart, its sign and its aspects. So say she’s got this kick ass Mercury going. She obviously does. She stimulates you with her writing.

Then you meet her and the rest of her is there. Her physical presence. Her aura, if you will. It appears her Mercury complex is very different from her whole self. Often times the contrast is just as you describe. Acute!

Now if you think this is ditzy, it’s not. I am the same way as your friend. I have this hard-on, hard core way of communicating online so when people meet me, they expect me to be a… refrigerator or something. You know. A big football player who will kick your ass. In reality, I am as femme as they come. I am damned near demure in certain circumstances, so you can imagine people’s befuddlement when they meet me. It takes some adjusting.

So I’m thinking if you can understand this it will untangle the situation enough, you can decide if you want to go forward with the whole person, or rather just enjoy her online.

Good luck.

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pictured – Mercury, Hendrick Goltzius, 1611, Oil on panel, 214 x 120 cm, Frans Halsmuseum, Haarlem

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