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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.

CREDIT: @BubbleTEar1 / Twitter

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.

CREDIT: @SoccerCooligans / Twitter

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.

CREDIT: @JuhemNR / Twitter

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?

CREDIT: @ThisIsHans / Twitter

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.

CREDIT: @Carrasquillo / Twitter

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.

CREDIT: @MiamiHerald / Twitter

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.

CREDIT: @REMEZCLA / Twitter

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.

CREDIT: @GhhostCudii / Twitter

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.

CREDIT: @periodicovzlano / Twitter

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.

CREDIT: Swami Shanti Ananda / YouTube

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.

CREDIT: @REMEZCLA / Twitter

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.

CREDIT: @31415inthesky / Twitter

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.


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Walter Mercado Got Real About His Flamboyant Style And Why He’s Long Said ‘No’ To Extreme Gender Conformity And Machismo

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Walter Mercado Got Real About His Flamboyant Style And Why He’s Long Said ‘No’ To Extreme Gender Conformity And Machismo

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Puerto Rican astrologist Walter Mercado and his astrology predictions have been an institution in Latino households for nearly 50 years. Growing up, we would wait to hear his predictions for our upcoming day. Basically, Mercado and his readings prepared us for our challenges and celebrated our victories.

His flamboyant style has made him one of the most recognizable figures in our culture. What’s more, he is one of the first gender non-conforming individuals that many in the Latino community encountered. That’s something we have long been fascinated by and admired about the astrologist. Despite the stigma that is attached to people who live outside of gender norms, Mercado has always been able to claim a space for his message and has gained fans around the world during a five-decade career. 

Recently, Mercado spoke about his legendary career, his gender identification and the new exhibit in honor of his work. 

When talking about personal style and gender identification, Mercado was extremely open about remaining authentic and embracing dual energies.

CREDIT: @waltermercadotv / Instagram

According to Mercado, we all have the same feminine and masculine energies and can call upon them when needed. 

“I’m so into who I am, and I do [what] feels right for me,” Mercado explained to Remezcla. “I’m so connected to people and to the divine for that. That I look feminine with a cape? Everyone knows we have two energies – yin and yang – and I know how to balance them. If I have to be a warrior, then I’ll be that. If I have to be soft and subtle, I can be that, too.”

In the interview, Mercado also acknowledged the barriers he has broken through his presences in the Latinidad.

“I broke the barriers. Boys wear blue and girls wear pink…Why? No, that’s in the past. Extreme gender conformity, machismo, and weak, submissive women, no, no, no, no. We are humans; people have the right to think whatever they want. I follow my own path, and I am who I am.”

The astrologist’s groundbreaking work is also being celebrated with a dedicated exhibit that explores the more intimate parts of his life.

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Called Mucho, Mucho Amor: 50 Years of Walter Mercado, the exhibit is being hosted by the History Miami Museum in Florida. The limited-run exhibit is open from August 2nd-25th. At the grand opening, Mercado entered the event in true fabulos style — carried in on a golden throne-like the true celestial king he is while triumphant music played and fans cheered. 

For public viewing, the exhibit features 12 of Mercado’s most iconic capes — one decorated and bedazzled for each Astrological sign. It will also showcase jewels, tarot cards and ephemera used during Mercado’s readings. These items will be on display for the first time ever. 

In the interview, Mercado credits his success to his realness to his longterm.

CREDIT: @waltermercadotv / Instagram

For many of us, the comfort Mercado has in his own skin is something we aspire to have. It’s this comfort that led to the familiarity and trust that we developed in the astrologist. His spot-on astrology predictions didn’t hurt either, but it’s definitely the certainty that comes from Mercado’s self-assurance that makes him such a trusted figure. 

“The stars will give an inclination, but they don’t force anything on anyone,” Walter said in his interview. “I would tell people the tendencies I would see show up for them, but I was always very clear with my messages. I let people know they shouldn’t have expectations from me or expect me to tell them the exact location where they’ll run into the love of their life. I would formulate it by saying, ‘I see a tendency that love is around you and following you.’”

Mercado also shared that he believes that his gift for astrology comes from a “divine source” and credits it for the love he has received from his numerous fans. 

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Whether Mercado’s readings are authentic or just vague prophecies, one thing is certain: the astrologist loves his fans as much as they love him. With this in mind, Mercado tries to share his love and positivity with his public.

“People were saying I was the new prophet for a new era and that God and Christ manifested in my heart,” Mercado explained. “I was taken aback by all the love people were showing me, and I’ve always improvised my readings. I don’t like to use a teleprompter. When I was finishing the segment I was inspired, and I uttered the words, ‘Que Dios me los bendiga a todos, y que reciban de mi mucha paz y mucho mucho (blows kiss) amor,’ and it stuck. People were thanking me for the prayer, and at that moment, I made the choice – since the prayer was so pure and beautiful – I would keep using it. I still use it so the public could continue to receive these blessings.”

H/T: Remezcla “I Am Who I Am” Walter Mercado On Gender Non-Conformity & His Long Career

 

Wear Your Zodiac Sign On Your Sleeve With These Fetch Pins

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Wear Your Zodiac Sign On Your Sleeve With These Fetch Pins

The biggest challenge facing us in the twenty-first century is figuring out how to increase our accessory game. But, one of the best things about exploring the ins and outs of your zodiac is figuring out just how you can accessorize to match your celestial self. So, without further ado, we’ve put together a list of pins that’ll best match your star sign.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

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If anyone had to describe you, Aries, they’d use words like creative, fiery, independent, and stylish. Note: stylish was probably the most important word in that sentence. For you, Aries, keeping up with the latest trends is paramount. That being said, you know that style is also about personal expression, so if you’re going to wear anything, it’s got to reflect who you are, too.

Mitú Shop / Not Your Mamcita Pin

That’s why the perfect pin for you is the Not Your Mamacita pin. You like to show everyone’s who’s boss, and what better way to do that than to proudly wear your independence? Granted, there’s a reason people call them “statement” pieces – and you’d know how to make this statement work for you!

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

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Being a well-rounded human, Taurus, your sense of fashion tends to come from your desire to make practical choices. You know that if you’re going to put together an outfit, it’s got to first and foremost be comfortable AF. From there, the sky’s the limit on what you wear!

Mitú Shop / Selena Pin Pack

Pins are a great way for you to accessorize without compromising your practical fashion choices, Taurus. In fact, that’s why the Selena pin pack would work best for you. You know that you can switch up your look with whatever you feel like on the day – whether that be wearing one, two or three pins at once. 

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

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As the sign of the twin, Gemini, it can be hard for you to really get fashion. It’s not because you don’t understand it, per se. No, it’s because you’ve got this awful habit of putting together a killer outfit, and then immediately changing your mind. It’s hard to decide on something that like when you feel like you’re of two minds, most of the time!

Mitú Shop / Best Flans Pin Pack

This is why the Best Flans pin pack is your jam, Gemini. Not so that you can share one pin with your bestie – but, rather, change up your look to match your mood.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

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We all know you for being a real romantic at heart, Cancer. You wear your emotions on your sleeve, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing! As far as you’re concerned, the best bonds between people are those that are made by following your heart. 

Mitú Shop / All We Need Is Guac Pin

And on that note, the All We Need Is Guac pin is perfect for you. It’s the kind of pin that’ll let you actually wear a heart on your sleeve! Plus, you can share your deep love for guacamole. 

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

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Leo, your fashion choices aren’t made to accommodate trends. Rather, you are the trendsetter. You love wearing things that’ll attract attention and stir up conversation. Otherwise, why would you bother wearing it?

Mitú Shop / Hair Full of Chisme Pin

The Hair Full of Chisme pin is exactly the type of pin that’s up your alley, Leo. It’s all about your big, gorgeous hair. And, it’ll also help you find all the real Mean Girls fans at the party. Because let’s face it: there’s nothing better than making friends over iconic quotes.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

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If there’s anything everyone knows you for, Virgo, it’s your capacity to work hard. And be punctual. It’s not entirely clear whether you prioritize working hard first, or being punctual. Heaven forbid the day that you have to choose between the two. To be honest, you don’t have time to pay attention to fashion.

Mitú Shop / Chisme Time Pin

And so the Chisme Time pin is definitely something you need in your life – especially since we all know that if there’s anyone who would schedule their chisme time, it’s you. That being said, you know that chisme is one of the hardest things to put on your schedule. Why? Because chisme time is all the time.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

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Libra, you tend to have a lot going on in your life. And really, that’s what makes you such an interesting person – you tend to be where the vibes are at. That being said, it can also place a bit of a strain on you, your wardrobe, and your funds.

Mitú Shop / Broke AF Pin

That’s why the Broke AF pin was made for you. Next time you’re struggling to say no to a party, or explain why even though you really wanna go all-out on your next date you really can’t, you can just whip out this pin. Or, keep it on you at all times. In short Libra, you really, really, need this pin.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

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You’re the type of star sign to step on someone’s ego just to take them down a notch. And, we applaud you for it. After all, there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing some moron on a power trip eat their words. More often than not, you like to wear black to show that you mean business.

Mitú Shop / R.I.P Machismo Pin

The R.I.P Machismo pin was pretty much designed with you in mind, Scorpio. At least it shows that you don’t suffer any fools. And woe betide anyone that doesn’t heed that warning! 

Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21)

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Sagittarius, you’re here for a good time, not a long time. Although if you can, you’d like to try and live for as long as possible, since you’ve got a pretty big bucket list! The most important thing for you is that you do things that make you happy – and that includes your fashion choices.

Mitú Shop / I Heart Tequila Pin Pack

Naturally, there’s no pin better for you than the I Heart Tequila pin pack. More often than not, your heart gets broken time and again by the hours you’ve invested in ingesting tequila, without getting much in return beyond a sick belly. But does that stop you going back to it? No, no it does not, Sagittarius.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)

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Your self worth is built on your achievements, Capricorn. You want to feel like you’ve gotten somewhere in life, and that means that you don’t normally waste too much time thinking about the ins and outs of fashion. That is, beyond considering what’s event-appropriate. 

Mitú Shop / Educated Latina Cap Pin

That’s why the Educated Latina Cap pin is a perfect fit for you, Capricorn. It shows off your smarts and your heritage, while also being a conversation starter. You wear your hard work as a badge of honor, and to be honest, that’s pretty much captured in this pin.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)

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Aquarius, you like your fashion choices to say something. After all, if you can take the opportunity to educate someone else about the world, why waste it? This sometimes manifests in some strange ways – from banging on about sustainable fashion to arguing against leathers and furs. 

Mitú Shop / Thicc Thighs Save Lives Pin

The Thicc Thighs Save Lives pin is the conversation-starter you need, Aquarius. How else can you direct the conversation towards rejecting fat-shaming and rethinking the way the fashion industry treats people of different sizes? Plus, you can’t resist a little word-play, either.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

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Of all the star signs, Pisces, you really like to get in touch with your more mystical side. This can sometimes manifest in the things to wear, especially since you know that it’s inevitable that we’re influenced by the other side, in one way or another. What you wear might put you in touch with that, you know?

Mitú Shop / Crystals Pin

That’s why the Crystals pin is definitely a Pisces type of pin. And if anyone asks about why you liked that pin, you can always say you just felt some good vibes coming from it.

Curious about the pin associated with your star sign? Click on the links under the images, and you’ll be taken straight to the page with your pin on it!

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