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Let’s Take A Moment To Honor The Life And Legacy Of Walter Mercado Who Guides Us Through Life

Raise your hand if your mami y abuela would listen in to Walter Mercado’s every word to start their year and dictate your life accordingly. If you’ve ever been a victim of Mercado’s astrological predictions, then you’ve also been benefited from the pleasure of growing up with the Puerto Rican icon in your living room.

No doubt there have been days that your mom also gave you money because Mercado said you would have good fortune that day. Walter Mercado has shaped all our lives in one way or another. Here’s how his life was shaped:

Walter Mercado Salinas was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

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His mom, Aída Salinas was actually from Catalonia, Spain, but his father, José María Mercado was from San Germán, Puerto Rico. Mercado found fame in Puerto Rico and has never relocated.

Mercado is a Pisces.

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According to every astrological expert in training I know, Pisces is the most psychic sign. Mercado was born on March 9, 1932.

He’s 86 years old.

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That’s right. You’re looking at the fresh face of an 86-year-old. Now, whether or not he had help keeping that facil structure is the ultimate mystery.

Walter first worked as an actor in Puerto Rican telenovelas.

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He was in Un adiós en el recuerdo (A Farewell to the Memory) and Larga distancia (Long Distance). He’s since established a dramatic arts school called Walter Actors Studio 64.

Did Mercado have a spiritual awakening?

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Hmmm… we don’t know but we do know how he got his reputation for spiritual powers. The story goes that Mercado just happened to be at a Telemundo set when a scheduled artist didn’t show up.

Mercado was asked to fill the 15-minute slot making predictions wearing fancy robes.

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And from that, an icon was born. Mercado was invited to become a regular in making predictions. Talk about a lucky break.

Eventually, that led to his own show on WKAQ-TV.

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He spent time formally studying astrology, taro, and occult sciences. Listen, I don’t care how he got started, Mercado ain’t no fake.

His show was on the air for decades in the U.S. and Latin America.

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He was awarded Mr. Televisión by the Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York and the Señor Televisión title at the 1972 Festival de Codazos in the Dominican Republic for his work. It’s been a couple years since we’ve seen the aging astrologer dress up in full regalia on the daily.

Today, Mercado draws a card for each zodiac sign and posts his predictions on Facebook.

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For real, the guy is very active on Facebook these days, and it looks like it’s going to stay that way. We all need Walter Mercado in our lives and we are grateful that he is at least on Facebook.

He also had one of the best selling app on iOS and Android.

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In less than two months after releasing the apps, they were ranked #2 in Mexico and #144th in the United States. It’s no longer available, probably because the 86-year-old is just enjoying his life at this point.

He majored in psychology and pharmacy in college.

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He also majored in pedagogy, so he’s learned how to teach others, learned his way around the human mind, and how to use medicinal plants to cure people’s ailments.

Mercado grew up studying classical ballet.

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Where does he get his beauty and grace from? The elegance of ballet, claro. Apparently, he was the dancing partner of comedian Velda González.

In 2010, he changed his name to Shanti Ananda.

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That’s Sanskrit for “peace happiness.” The story goes that a “being of light” came to him and revealed to him his “authentic mystic name.”

He had taken a vow of celibacy for years.

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“I made a vow of celibacy until a woman came to awaken the energy of love in me and that is Mariette,” Mercado told Crónica back in 2004. We don’t know his relationship status right now.

A couple of years ago, he was part of this raro Doritos ad.

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It starts out with Mercado eyeing a gold spacesuit, eating a Dorito, and then magically appearing in space. Where’s he headed? Uranus. Three chips in, his face is plastered in the stars looking down on a couple making out in their car. This is Mercado’s future and it makes perfect sense to me.

In 2012, he was flown to a clinic in Cleveland, Ohio for cardiac surgery.

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He told El Nuevo Día, “I was dead, I come from the grave, I come from the snows, from the whirlwind that passed through me. They did not understand what happened because I do not smoke or drink alcohol, so it was a miracle.”

He’s always been able to levitate outside his body since childhood.

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After his heart attack, he told El Nuevo Día, “The heart was almost paralyzed, it happened and I was up, radiant with unified light with God. I listened to people talking, they said that I was so serious, so bad that I would not recover and I kept fighting against that negativity.”

He’s sold most of his sumptuous capes at auctions.

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He’s said he feels different after the heart attack. He wants to work with Puerto Rican youth and wants to establish the Shanti Ananda foundation. He also wants to donate three of his incredible capes to a museum.

Mercado predicted that Trump would initiate the apocalypse.

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Fortunately the world is still moving forward but many would argue that his vision has come true considering the state of our government and their treatment of migrants at the border.

Mercado is available for your call, mija.

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No need to worry about what 2019 has in store for you. Head to waltermercado.com and request a reading. Better yet, buy your Mami a reading for her birthday or Christmas.

TBH, we’re all a little nervous to hear what Mercado has predicted for this year.

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Because Mercado is always right (except for those 700 times he predicted an earthquake the next day). We grew up looking to Mercado to know how our day was going to be, and we can’t imagine life without his apocalyptic predictions. They’re on point.


READ: This Doritos Commercial With Walter Mercado Is The Most Fabulous Thing You’ll Ever See

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22 Moments From ‘The Sandlot’ That Prove Benny The Jet Rodriguez Was A Latino Legend That’ll Never Die

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22 Moments From ‘The Sandlot’ That Prove Benny The Jet Rodriguez Was A Latino Legend That’ll Never Die

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There’s no denying that this brown-eyed heartthrob had a huge influence in the spark of your sexual awakening. Not only was Benny the cutest guy on the team, he also shined through as the team’s star player and went on to the Dodgers. All this despite the times and the white suburban neighborhood he lived in. 100% Benny is an inspiration and credit to Latinos who knock their dreams out of the park.

22 Facts About Geminis Since It Is That Time Of The Season

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22 Facts About Geminis Since It Is That Time Of The Season

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It’s that time of the year for Gemini babes to shine! But if you’re a Gemini, then you probably knew this already. And sure, it’s all well and good to know that you’re one fantastic Gemini babe, but are you a Gemini expert? Test your Gemini knowledge, and read our 22 facts below to see how much you know about being a Gemini.

1. You’re born between the 21st of May and the 20th of June.

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We’ll start with the basics. If you’re a Gemini, then you’re born sometime between the 21st of May, and the 20th of June, inclusive. So Gemini babes, remember this next time you’re at a party – you never know, you might be able to pick a fellow Gemini from their birthday!

2. Your ruling planet is Mercury.

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Mercury was named for the ancient Roman god of messengers, who rules over communication, writing, and movement. Gemini, if you’re wondering why you’re so good at talking the ear off the person next to you, wonder no longer! You were born to chat. 

3. Geminis are expressive and quick-witted.

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Communication isn’t just limited to talking. Geminis thrive off being active in a conversation, and that involves listening, too! And, in your case, being a bit of a joker. You’re the personification of a social butterfly. You draw energy from being around people, and that’s why most know you as an extrovert.

4. But, Geminis also have a serious side.

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As the sign of the twin, Geminis can go from being bright and breezy, to serious, thoughtful, and restless. With your two very opposite sides, sometimes people can’t make head or tails of you.

5. Your curiosity makes you want to explore.

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But what do you want to explore? The possibilities are endless! Maybe you want to travel, talk about ideas, discover a new culture – Geminis are absolutely fascinated by the world. And so, you forever feel like there’s just not enough time to experience everything that you want to experience.

6. You’re forever searching for your other half.

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Another part of being the sign of the twin is this constant feeling that your other half is missing. This isn’t just in a romantic way, either. You seek new friends, mentors, and colleagues to bring out the best in you – and you in them.

7. You value a deep connection.

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If anyone is lucky enough to get really close to you, they’ve found themselves a true friend. A Gemini like you sticks around, through thick and thin. That being said, you are guilty of sometimes stretching yourself a little too thin when it comes to making friends, and so you have plenty of acquaintances, too.

8. Yellow and green are a Gemini’s lucky colors.

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Wearing yellow and green can bring a Gemini luck! Beyond colors, your lucky numbers are three and five, and your lucky days are Wednesday and Thursday. 

9. You’re compatible with four other star signs.

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Love and friendship comes most easily to you with Aries, Leo, Libra, and Aquarius. Of course, your connection to Libra and Aquarius isn’t really that much of a surprise – they are also air signs, like you, Gemini! Air signs generally have light and breezy attitudes, meaning that you all get along like a house on fire. 

10. But, Geminis are least compatible with two-star signs.

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It might be wise to steer clear of Virgo and Pisces, Gemini. With Virgo’s penchant for perfectionism, and Pisces intense, emotional soul, they may be a bit much for your light-heartedness. Chances are, you’ll probably grind their gears, too.

11. Geminis mostly want fun from love and sex.

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You’re always up for an intellectual challenge, and the easiest way to your heart is through stimulating conversation. You need to know that someone’s just as good with words as they are in bed.

12. You may find it hard to settle down.

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Since Geminis are all about movement, it means that when you jump into the dating pool, you may not be so keen on getting into people’s baggage. That being said, when you find The One, you’ll happily invest everything you have in the relationship.

13. Geminis get along well with children.

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Is it your friendliness that makes the little ones want to be around you? Or is it the fact that you understand that kids just need to narrate everything they do? Who knows. It doesn’t change the fact that you’re great with children.

14. You tend to avoid taking on responsibility.

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Especially in the home. After all, who really wants to be domestic, and waste time doing the laundry, and vacuuming, andpaying bills, and watering plants, and making beds, and tidying up, when there are so many other exciting things to do?

15. The best career path for you involves your brainpower.

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You like it best when your job engages with your smarts – and it’s even better if you spend your days multitasking and working with other people! Geminis generally suit being a trader, artist, inventor, writer, orator, preacher, journalist or lawyer.

16. Geminis are bad with money.

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But as far as you’re concerned, really, you’re pretty excellent with money. After all, why earn it if you’re not going to spend it? Money is a necessary evil for you, since in the wise words of Homer Simpson, “money can be exchanged for goods and services”. Or in your case, take you on your next adventure.

17. People love how flexible you are.

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As a rule, Geminis tend to be pretty open-minded and easy-going. Sometimes your versatility influences your love life, too, which can make you a really interesting babe in bed.

18. Enthusiasm is your middle name.

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Okay, maybe it’s not literally your middle name. But, it may as well be – your enthusiasm is always infectious, and it definitely makes you the life of the party! Everyone knows it’s going to be a wild time once you start drinking since a tipsy Gemini is an up-for-anything Gemini. 

19. Geminis suck at making decisions.

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Because you have this innate ability to think about different perspectives in every situation, you’re always of two minds about something. Remember: it always helps if you weigh up the pros and cons of your decisions!

20. You can’t resist gossip.

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For you, gossip isn’t about going on a power trip. You just really love the thrill of spilled tea – probably because if you were really honest with yourself, you can be a bit nosy sometimes.

21. You have two flowers associated with your sign.

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Lavender and Lily of the Valley are considered Gemini flowers. 

22. As a Gemini, you share your sign with a pretty eclectic group of celebrities.

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The list includes people like Donald Trump, Kanye West, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Prince, Paul McCartney, Marilyn Monroe, Serena Williams, Morgan Freeman, and Bob Dylan!

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