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Walter Mercado: Astrology, Inspiration, and More

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The iconic and wildly influential Puerto Rican astrologer, writer, dancer, and actor, Walter Mercado Salinas, passed away on November 2, 2019. Mercado was a powerful figure for thousands of Spanish-speaking families, inspiring messages of love, truth, and trust towards the universe. Beyond his career in astrology and entertainment, Walter Mercado was a catalyst for inspiring alternative beliefs and gender-bending personas. In a recent NPR article, our very own astrologer, AstroSagas, was featured discussing “how Walter Mercado inspired a generation of young people to be true to their beliefs and identity”.

As astrology has become popular particularly among millenials today, young people who follow astrology remember Mercado as the person who deeply inspired them, with his extravagant gender-bending persona and alternative beliefs.


“Since I was a kid, I would just be like, ‘How do you get to be so fabulous and so queer and so strange and be on like television and be watched by my family and a lot of Latinos in the United States,” Celia Sagastume, a trans Latinx astrologer and the resident reader for two websites, told Latino USA. “And so literally in my 20s, I was like, you know what? I know social media. I know how to do video. And I’m just gonna do this myself, and I started doing video horoscopes online.”

AMANDA ALCÁNTARA, NPR

For the full article, visit npr.com.

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