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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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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.

Latinos Mourn The Death Of Astrological Legend Walter Mercado Who Died During Día De Los Muertos

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Latinos Mourn The Death Of Astrological Legend Walter Mercado Who Died During Día De Los Muertos

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Latinos are in disbelief to learn that the infamous Puerto Rican astrologer, Walter Mercado, died, at age 87, on Saturday. For more than 50 years, Mercado’s televised passion for astrological predictions, refusal to conform to gender roles, and mucho, mucho amor for his fans has secured a beloved space in the Latino zeitgeist. Whether your memory of Mercado was hearing your mom yell, “Callaté!” when his segment aired or memorizing your horoscope for the following day, every day, Mercado’s daily presence on your living room TV made him part of the family.

The public expects his immediate family to announce the cause of his passing, though San Juan’s Auxilio Mutuo Hospital spokeswoman, Sofia Luquis, did confirm his death on November 2, 2019.

Walter Mercado, a Pisces, was born at sea but lived and died in Puerto Rico.

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According to a biography published by Puerto Rico’s Foundation for Popular Culture, Mercado was born on March 9, 1932, on a ship traveling from Spain to Puerto Rico. He grew up in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where he later began his career in Puerto Rican telenovelas. Though his fame grew to all of Latin America, Mercado largely remained in Puerto Rico throughout his life.

The astrological legend Walter Mercado gifted us decades of accurate and life-changing predictions.

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Mercaado happened to be at a studio when the star of a guest segment didn’t show up. Producer Elín Ortíz asked him to use a 15-minute segment to offer astrological divinations. Boricuas loved him, and he was soon made a regular.

Recently, Mercado opened up about his gender-nonconformity.

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“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.”

“He never identified as queer,” one mourner tweeted, “But it felt like he refused to be constrained by gender norms and antiquated ideas of masculinity. He even rejected our understanding of time. When an interviewer once asked his age, Walter Mercado responded “Soy ageless.” AGELESS NEVER DIES, BEBÉ.”

Mercado was a pioneer and icon in the LGBTQ+ Latino community.

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Mercado never discussed his sexuality but courageously expressed his gender to millions of viewers decades before rampant machísmo and homophobia were regularly challenged. Like an actual LGBT superhero, Mercado was known for wearing bejeweled and sequined capes.

At one point, Mercado owned more than 2,000 capes, twelve of which were put on display in Miami in August.

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The HistoryMiami Museum put on a popular exhibit of his “costumes, mementos, and ephemera, on display for the first time ever” in its exhibit, Mucho, Mucho Amor: 50 Years of Walter Mercado, according to the museum website.

Mercado made a dazzling grand entrance, on a gold plated throne that was wheeled through the crowd.

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Wearing a gold sequined three-piece suit, 88-year-old Mercado blew kisses to his fans and posed for photographs as he met the cheering crowd one by one. Some received a coveted reading from the internationally acclaimed astrologer, which were likely some of the last divinations in his 50-year long career.

Mercado garnered 120 million Latino viewers every day for more than 30 years.

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Basically, you, your abuela, and your mamá would gather in the living room every day to watch the icon deliver the wisdom we all needed. Today, Latinos are trying to tap into what made him so special to us all. “Our mothers, tias and tios relied on his advice,” one Twitter user shared, “but I think what captivated his 120 million daily viewers was his positivity and how he radiated mucho, mucho, mucho, amorrrrrr.”

Latinos are lamenting the loss of a decades-long tried and true New Year’s Eve tradition with Mercado.

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At the end of every year, Mercado gives a special segment on what each sign can expect from the new year. The mourning process for Mercado will extend at least until the New Year, as Latinos celebrate NYE without him. “I’m not an astrology buff but Walter was an icon and part of the family,” a mourner tweets, “New years will be so different without his segment his messages/horoscopes promoted optimism, love, and perseverance. Every evening he gave us hope, despite struggles, the stars showed a great future.”

Last year, Mercado predicted that Trump may be impeached in 2019.

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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. Trump is currently undergoing an impeachment inquiry.

Beyond the loss of Mercado, it feels like a piece of our childhood died this weekend.

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Ms. Lizz Huerta isn’t the first Latino to tweet about how Mercado’s death feels like the loss of something so innocent and pure from our childhoods. We all have such rich memories of how he was able to unite generations, though in varying ways. “My Tía would sit there and watch him weekly,” one dubious Latino tweeted. “I loved her dearly and while I would shake my head at her, if it made her happy to watch him, it was fine with me. She never sent money either which is why I was ok with it.”

We hope Mercado’s feeling mucho, mucho amor from wherever he is now.

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Mercado passed on the final day of Día de Los Muertos, prompting Latinos to reaffirm Mercado’s destiny to transition to the stars themselves. Que descanse en Paz, Walter Mercado. You truly were a celestial being on this earth.

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