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Walter Mercado Has A Strong Warning For President Trump As He Faces 2019

Every year, since we were little kids, Walter Mercado has been there for us to warn us of heartbreak, money problems, and impending 9.0 earthquakes. Our abuelas would gather around the TV and plan their whole year around his predictions. Every word, our mothers soaked in and prepared us for–stocking extra cans of Goya, lighting candles, and burning relics of the people who’ve wronged us.

Every December, Mercado gives us the full scoop of what’s to come in the new year. The ageless spiritual advisor’s predictions are already coming true. Check out what this year has to offer from the one and only, Walter Mercado.

ICYMI, add this to 2019’s NYE rituals.

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Yes, keep wishing on 12 grapes and tossing the dirty water that absorbed the negative energy of the year, but also, you should do this. Walter Mercado suggests that you light three candles, in the color represented by your zodiac sign, and walk throughout your house, invoking the power of Dios poderoso, to bring you closer to God.

Have faith and 2019 is yours for the taking.

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En serio. He said that the universe will conspire in favor of those with faith, perseverance, passion, dedication, and effort. It will be the year your dreams come true if you choose to believe in them. Have faith and go after what you want in this life becuase it is yours for the taking.

There will be five eclipses this year.

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Here’s the schedule for the year:

January 21: a lunar eclipse in Leo.

July 2: a solar eclipse in Cancer.

July 26: a lunar eclipse in Capricorn.

December 26: a solar eclipse in Cancer.

The stars are heavily aligned for Capricorns.

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His advice for Capricorns to make the most out of their year? Wear a touch of green or red with an otherwise mostly black and white wardrobe.

Carve out a day for yourself to attract good luck in the new year and be sure to wear garnet to attract that buena suerte. Then, take a bath using a new bar of soap. Throw away the soap and light a small white or purple candle on your bathroom floor. It must be 6 p.m. to honor Saint Lazarus.

I’m just the messenger.

2019 will be a major year of change.

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Fire will burn what’s already dead to you. You’ll be able to correct the mistakes of the past and don a new perspective that will change your life.

It’s also the year of the pig.

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The pig is the twelfth (last) of the zodiac animals. The story goes that the Jade Emperor dubbed the numbers associated with the zodiac animals according to the order they arrived at his party. The pig was late because he overslept.

In the Chinese zodiac, the pig is associated with good fortune.

The lucky number of 2019 will be 12.

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Think about it. The twelfth animal. Mercado is super excited about the number twelve (tribes of Israel, apostles, calendar months, hours, etc.). He really went on about it. You had to be there.

The lucky colors of the year will be white and red (unless you’re a Capricorn).

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Capricorns should be burning black candles the night before anything they expect to be transformative, like a job interview, a move, or travel. Oh, and if you want to seduce someone, get yourself pink quartz.

Mother nature is going to give us warning signs to start taking care of her.

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This is the part where Mercado talks about how we’ll have even more floods, blizzards, fires, and earthquakes this year. He’s not wrong.

He called out Miami specifically for it’s prosperity in 2019.

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We’ve always known the 305 is blessed with the best, and Mercado just confirmed it. His exact words (translated by The Miami Herald) are, “Opportunities for success by artists from around the world multiply. Miami is a secure port for those who seek fame, glory, and freedom.”

The economic recession will shift.

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Some Latin American countries will still be affected but there will be improvements in the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe. Education will become the most important legislative matter.

Puerto Rico will become an example of hope.

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It already is. This year will be the year that Puerto Rico finally recovers from Hurricane Maria and will become an example of “generosity, humanity, compassion and resiliency” (translated by The Miami Herald).

The Dominican Republic is going modern.

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Mercado’s made predictions about many Latin American countries in his typical lavish fashion i.e. “Panama continues on the road to becoming paradise on earth.” (translation by The Miami Herald.) He also says that Central American refugees will continue to face obstacles. </3

Protests will continue to rise in Cuba.

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Diplomacy is not in Cuba’s future with countries like the U.S., Brazil, and Colombia. Justice won’t be served en masse in 2019, lo siento.

The KKK and racist groups will continue to rise in the U.S.

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Politics will become even more polarized. I mean, he made this prediction before our weeks-long government shut down, so I’m praying Mercado’s wrong, but betting he’s right.

Mercado’s exact words have already made headlines.

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Ok, so his exact Miami Herald-translated words were, “Donald Trump, the controversial president, will face his worst year and perhaps even impeachment.” This headline was published in The LA Times on January 2.

There will be new discoveries in every field.

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Ok, well, we could expect that from almost any year, but we’ve got Trumper’s blocking research into HIV and more, so this is some pretty good news. Hope someone gets the great idea of refunding research.

Mercado even made a prediction about social media.

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He says that social networks will “expand their reach and power” per The Miami Herald’s translation. Guess he wasn’t too impressed by the Senate hearings with Mark Zuckerberg this year, or he’s just like your abuelo in his wonder of social media’s new grip on society.

The Sun Card has been drawn by The Tarot for 2019.

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That means that the light of wonder and love will reach all parts of the world. The Sun card is associated with unconditional love. So while there are some bleak forecasts, ultimately, the heavens are pulling for the side of love and harmony.

Go into 2019 with mucho, mucho amor.

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Figure out who you are and then go out and be you on purpose. 2019 is already a fortuitous year for you. If you’re a Capricorn or Sagittarius, here’s your reality check: these stars don’t align for you in this targeted way often. This year’s your moment. Use it up.


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

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We Finally Have A First Look At The Walter Mercado Documentary ‘Mucho Mucho Amor’ And I Can’t Wait

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We Finally Have A First Look At The Walter Mercado Documentary ‘Mucho Mucho Amor’ And I Can’t Wait

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Walter Mercado was to the Spanish-speaking world, what Miss Cleo was to the English-speaking one. Equal parts Oprah, Liberace, and Mr. Rogers, the legendary Puerto Rican psychic and astrologer captivated the Latin world with his glamorous style, gender-nonconforming persona, and warmhearted cosmic readings. Now, he is poised to reach a new level of fandom with a lovingly crafted documentary about his life and career

Our stars dimmed when we lost the great Walter Mercado last year, but with a new Netflix documentary, we get one more glimpse into the man’s flamboyant life.

It’s finally here: the first trailer for Netflix’s Mucho Mucho Amor.

Each and every day more than 120 million viewers tuned in to watch the extravagant, flamboyant Puerto Rican astrologer, psychic, and gender nonconforming artists charm the world with televised horoscopes. He enthralled his viewers with sequined capes, opulent jewelry, and shared a message of love and hope to his devoted viewers. Then, he mysteriously disappeared.

If you’re like countless tías out there, you’ve been wondering about him ever since. That’s where Mucho, Mucho Amor comes in.

Directors Cristina Costantini and Kareem Tabsch spent the last two years of Mercado’s life documenting this icons legacy – when he grabbed with the struggles of aging.

The film also drops hints about Mercado’s financial issues and his hiatus from public life. But it also features magnificent footage from his unforgettable entrance at the opening party for HistoryMiami’s 2019 exhibit “Mucho, Mucho Amor: 50 Years of Walter Mercado.”

It’s an over-the-top moment that celebrates how many in Miami viewed him as royalty as they eagerly awaited his recommended New Year’s Eve rituals each year (customized for each Zodiac sign). It’s safe to say that Mercado captivated people’s attention, and he’ll do it once again with this documentary.

Mercado is often described as the glue that binds migrant communities from all over Latin America.

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At its peak, Mercado’s show was watched by more than 120 million viewers from around Latin America. But he was also an actor, dancer, and writer throughout his career. In fact, he starred in several Puerto Rican telenovelas, including Un adiós en el recuerdo (A Farewell to the Memory) and Larga distancia (Long Distance).

In 1970, he started his regular astrology segment on Puerto Rico’s variety show, El Show de las 12. His star continued to grow, and for decades, his astrology prediction shows aired in Puerto Rico, Latin America and the United States.

“We grew up with him,” Lin-Manuel Miranda says in the trailer for Mucho Mucho Amor. “I can’t think of an English language astrologer that would command the attention of millions of households.” 

Then, Mercado mysteriously vanished from the public eye. “Maybe he didn’t want to grow old in front of the cameras,” Eugenio Derbez speculates. 

He was also an icon for the LGBTQ community, who – especially in the Latino community – needed one so badly.

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Although Mercado was unapologetically sexually-ambiguous, many were still preoccupied with the man’s sexuality. He always took the questions and innuendo in stride though, responding with a joke that would get him off the hook with most. But he meant a lot to gay Latinos during an era where they feared coming out much more than today, just merely for existing.

Even though Mercado never publicly addressed his sexuality, he was an inspiration for many LGBTQ kids, including director Kareem Tabsch.

“I’m a queer kid from Miami and the first time I ever saw Walter on television, it was the first time I ever encountered another person who was queer,” Tabsch recalls.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, he added: “I had a simpatico. Seeing him on TV I remember thinking, ‘Huh, there’s something in you that’s like something in me. I see a reflection of me in you, even if I’d never be nearly as fabulous.’ But there was this otherness that I recognized. I felt, ‘If my family loves you just as you are then maybe they could love me as I am too.”

Although before his death he disappeared from public life somewhat unceremoniously, his legacy lives on for millions of Latinos.

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Mucho, Mucho Amor does a great job at showing the human-side of Mercado. Yes, he was a beloved television personality, for whom many, he was a literal superhero. But he was also a human, and Netflix’s new documentary will show an entirely new side of the superstar to the world.

Mucho, Mucho Amor debuts on Netflix on July 8.

Walter Mercado Was An Iconic Astrologer And A Gender Nonconforming Legend And Now There’s A Documentary About Him Coming To Netflix

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Walter Mercado Was An Iconic Astrologer And A Gender Nonconforming Legend And Now There’s A Documentary About Him Coming To Netflix

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Walter Mercado was a source of wisdom. His horoscopes eased many Latinxs into New Years, months and days full of new possibilities and opportunities. Equal parts Oprah, Liberace, and Mr. Rogers, Walter was a celebrated daily part of Latino culture—until last November, when he sadly passed away. But his legacy lives on, and this year, he’s getting his own Netflix documentary. Here’s everything we know so far about “Mucho Mucho Amor.”

Late television personality and astrologer Walter Mercado is the subject of a Netflix documentary.

Extravagant Puerto Rican astrologer, psychic, and gender nonconforming legend Walter Mercado charmed the world for over 30 years with his televised horoscopes. And this summer, a the feature-length documentary based on the life and work of the iconic astrologer, “Mucho Mucho Amor” will stream on Netflix. And it’s scheduled to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film was selected to premiere at the 2020 Sundance Festival.

The independent-film festival announced its lineup earlier this month, and Miami is well represented among the 118 films selected. Although Mucho Mucho Amor might seem timely in light of the astrologer’s passing in November, Tabsch and his codirector and coproducer — Cristina Constantini and Alex Fumero — have been working on it for more than two years.

The film explores Walter’s complex story.

“Mucho Mucho Amor”, follows Mercado’s story, from the rural sugarcane fields of Puerto Rico to international astrology superstardom, rising above homophobia and the heteronormative beliefs of the Latino society with a message of love and hope. “If you think about the way he came on television, starting from 50 years ago,” said one of the film’s directors, Kareem Tabsch in an interview with WLRN, “he blended gender expressions — the masculine with the feminine on Latino television, which is very macho-centric.”

The film was directed by two Latinx co-directors.

Kareem Tabsch and Cristina Costantini (Science Fair, Festival Favorite Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival) both set out to create “Mucho Mucho Amor” as a love letter to Walter Mercado.  “He was uniquely his own. In a very macho Latino culture, he presented his nonbinary gender expression, and it was so brave,” Tabsch said to Miami New Times.

“Mucho Mucho Amor” unpicks how Walter Mercado became an icon of gender-fluidity for an entire generation.

The filmmakers, who grew up watching him with their abuelitos, craft a film with levity and a playful spirit. Light-years ahead of his time, Walter has become a nostalgic cult icon of self-expression and positivity for the gender-fluid youth of today.

And indeed, Walter Mercado induces millennial Latinos into deep nostalgia.

For Latino audiences, Mercado also represents a form of warm nostalgia. “You think of Walter today, and so many of us think of our abuelitas,” the Cuban-American filmmaker says in an interview with Miami New Times. “The memory takes us back to childhood. It takes us back to sitting with our grandparents. In making this film, we realized that was a universal experience [for Latinos].”

The director also spoke about the significance of premiering their film at Sundance.

The fact that an international film festival of Sundance’s prominence has recognized a film such as Mucho Mucho Amor is an important win for not only Tabsch and his team but also Latino culture. “It’s a huge recognition not just for Miami film, but for film created by, for, and about Latinos,” Tabsch says. “We’re telling our own stories.”

The film premieres at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24 and runs through January 31. It will be available on Netflix this summer.