I take astrology very seriously. I’ve been doing this for a living for about 25 years now and I learned a long time before that there is a lot more to it than simply Sun Signs. Learning astrology is a serious business, especially when applied to the real lives and real issues faced by my clients. Astrology is powerful and should be treated with respect.

Now, having said that? I’m going to spend the rest of this blog entry praising Walter Mercado.

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Millions of people around the world already know Walter Mercado as the world’s most famous astrologer. No, not Susan Miller, not Michael Lutin, not Robert Hand. Walter Mercado. If that name doesn’t ring any bells, I urge you to cancel your plans for the rest of the day, drop everything, and watch the documentary about Walter currently trending on Netflix: Much, Mucho Amor: The Legend Of Walter Mercado. And if you already know of him? Same thing. You will not be disappointed.

His birth chart perfectly reflects who and what he was. Born April 25th 1931 at 6 AM. in Ponce, Puerto Rico (that’s from his birth certificate, be careful because there’s another inaccurate birthday out there for him) with the Sun in Taurus closely conjunct his Ascendant, there was no way this guy was going to hide his light under a basket. That combination was in a close square from Moon in early Leo. Such dramatic flair!

What stands out to me most though is his Saturn in Capricorn exactly conjunct his Midheaven. People often assume that having Saturn conjunct the Midheaven automatically means difficulties with the career. Walter responded well to this placement by always putting in the work, whether by hand calculating charts or by simply commissioning a new cape for every show. Saturn on the Midheaven always punishes laziness, but can reward dedication and hard work.

Although Walter dealt primarily in Sun Signs, as one generally must for a broad audience, he always delivered his horoscopes with both dramatic flair on a level that would put Liberace to shame, and with a boundless kindness and enthusiasm for humanity in general. Even people who would rather die then admit they believe in astrology couldn’t help but love him.

Perhaps most importantly, as far as the state of astrology today? Walter Mercado helped make astrology popular in the Spanish-speaking world — which is often not comfortable with any belief system that varies from traditional Christianity.

Mostly though, he radiated boundless love for both humanity in general and the individuals he interacted with. He was a generous, trusting soul — so much so that on August 4th, 1995, with transiting Neptune exactly conjunct his Saturn and Midheaven, he signed the contract that eventually led to the demise of his career. Astrology is one thing… objectivity though? That’s a tough one sometimes.

His was a glorious presence, and even though some very stern and serious astrologers may deny the value of showmanship, Walter lived it. And he used it to spread Love.

So, there’s your assignment from The Cosmos today. Spread Love where you can — and go watch Much, Mucho Amor: The Legend Of Walter Mercado.

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