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

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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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These Celebrities Will Prove That Capricorns Are Hard Workers Who Thrive By Nature

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These Celebrities Will Prove That Capricorns Are Hard Workers Who Thrive By Nature

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Full disclosure: you won’t find Rihanna on this list (Pisces), but we can all agree that her song “Work” is the anthem of Capricorns around the world. Capricorns are of the earth, which can make them grounded, level-headed people, but can also make them inflexible and stubborn. Igual.

These Capricorns have relentlessly climbed to the top of their industries, know how to work and play hard. Their zodiac symbol is an actual goat, you guys. Meet the G.O.A.T.s of our generation.

1. Naya Rivera

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Born and raised in Santa Clarita from January 12, 1987, onward, Rivera has been working since she was a baby, appearing in commercials for Kmart. When she was just 4 years old, she received a Young Artist Award nomination for her performance on The Royal Family.

2. Pitbull

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Formally known at birth (January 15, 1981) as Armando Christian Pérez, Pitbull has now become Mr. Worldwide. He’s literally started from nothing, the son of Cuban immigrants, and has built himself an empire.

3. Elizabeth Rodriguez

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Born on December 27, 1974, Rodriguez has climbed the performance ladder. We all know her as Aleida in Orange is the New Black, but most don’t know that she’s already a Tony award winner for her performance in a 2011 play, The Motherfucker with the Hat. Are we not surprised?

4. Junot Díaz

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Right under Cardi B, Junot Díaz is probably the most famous Dominican-American alive, with a Pulitzer Prize under his belt. The famous poet was born on December 31, 1968, in Santo Domingo.

5. Ricky Martin

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Our favorite boy band star grown up, Ricky Martin was actually born on Christmas Eve. Martin has been world-famous since he was just a boy, making Capricorns everywhere proud.

6. Héctor Elizondo

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The only Princess Diaries character that matters just turned 82 years old on December 22, 2018. Fun fact: Boricua Elizondo studied dance at Carnegie Hall when he was a young teen.

7. Isabella Castillo Díaz

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Born in Havana, Isabella Castillo Díaz is best known as Grachi en Grachi. Most people don’t know that while she was born on December 23, 1994, in Cuba, she emigrated to Belize by age three y despues a Miami. Literally, like any Capricorn, she’s been working since she was five years old.

8. Juan Gabriel

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Born as Alberto Aguilera Valadez on January 7, 1950, Mexico, world-famous singer Juan Gabriel was one of the most prolific songwriters in the world. Throughout his life, he sold over 200 million copies of his albums worldwide.

9. Diego Luna

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Born December 29, 1979, Luna is only 39 years old and is already a famous Mexican actor, director, and producer, influencing films like Y tu mamá tambiénMilkRudo y Cursi, and Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryHe and Gael Garcia Bernal own Canana Films together, no big deal.

10. Don Francisco

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Famous television host Don Francisco was born on December 28, 1940, in Chile to German Jewish refugees who fled the Holocaust. Como Capricorns everywhere, he’s worked to have the world’s longest running TV variety show, meeting all the stars. Buena trabajo, Don Francisco.

11. Jose Alfredo Jimenez

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Born on January 19, 1926, Jiménez helped define Mexican rancheras as we know them. The rumor goes that he didn’t know how to play a single instrument, but composed over 1,000 songs, some of which were sung by the likes of Selena and Julio Iglesias. Buen trabajo.

12. Madison de la Garza

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Born on December 28, 2001, you might not recognize this young star, but you’ll remember her as la hija de Eva Longoria, Juanita Solis, on Desperate Housewives. She’s also Demi Lovato’s younger half-sister.

13. Ricardo Arjona

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Born on January 19, 1964, Arjona is the most successful Guatemalan singer-songwriter of all time, with more than 80 million albums sold. Oh, and he also toured with Guatemala’s national basketball team and has the record for most points scored in a single game by a Guatemalan. Overachiever.

14. Yandel

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Puerto Rican reggaeton singer, Yandel, of Wisin & Yandel, was born January 14, 1977, in Cayey, Puerto Rico. The family is very important to Capricorns, and Yandel proves it over and over again. He married his long-time novia, Edneris Espada Figuero fifteen years ago and together they have two teenage kids.

15. Samantha Boscarino

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Born on December 26, 1994, in Ventura County, Boscarino is Ecuadorian y Italian. You might remember her as Alicia Rivera in The Clique.

16. Wilson Cruz

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Born December 27, 1973, in Brooklyn, Cruz broke out as a star in the early 1990s while being an openly gay man of Puerto Rican descent, a feat worth celebrating alone. Add the fact that his first break-out role was in the now cult classic TV series My So-Called Life about Rickie Vasquez, a gay teen, and we’ve got a fully developed Capricorn getting what’s theirs.

17. Amoury Nolasco

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Another Christmas Eve baby, Nolasco was born in Puerto Rico to Dominican immigrants but moved to the Big Apple to pursue his career in acting. Like a Cap, he made it in series like CSI, and ER, eventually moving onto the movies in 2 Fast 2 Furious, Transformers and Prison Break.

18. David Archueleta

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Remember this American Idol icon who earned the second spot in American Idol’s seventh season? The Honduran was born on December 28, 1990, in Miami, and like every Capricorn on this list, he’s been actually winning competitions since he was ten years old at the Utah Talent Competition.

19. Marco Antonio Solís

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Born December 29, 1959, Solís has been performing since he was just six years old. Solís has won five Latin Grammy Awards, two Lo Nuestro Awards and has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

20. Jesus Cristo

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You thought I’d leave out the most famous Capricorn in Latin culture? Psh, no. Next time your mami tells you that you’re such a stubborn Capricorn, tell her not to take the Lord’s name in vain.


READ: 2019’s Zodiac Wheel de la Fortuna: Your Financial Future According to Your Sign

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