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clearvoice TEST – Walter Mercado Talks About His Gender Non-Conformity And His Miami Museum Exhibit

Puerto Rican astrologist Walter Mercado and his astrology predictions have been an institution in Latino households for nearly 50 years. Growing up, we would wait to hear his predictions for our upcoming day. Basically, Mercado and his readings prepared us for our challenges and celebrated our victories.

His flamboyant style has made him one of the most recognizable figures in our culture. What’s more, he is one of the first gender non-conforming individuals that many in the Latino community encountered. That’s something we have long been fascinated by and admired about the astrologist. Despite the stigma that is attached to people who live outside of gender norms, Mercado has always been able to claim a space for his message and has gained fans around the world during a five-decade career. 

Recently, Mercado spoke about his legendary career, his gender identification and the new exhibit in honor of his work. 

When talking about personal style and gender identification, Mercado was extremely open about remaining authentic and embracing dual energies.

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According to Mercado, we all have the same feminine and masculine energies and can call upon them when needed. 

“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.”

In the interview, Mercado also acknowledged the barriers he has broken through his presences in the Latinidad.

“I broke the barriers. Boys wear blue and girls wear pink…Why? No, that’s in the past. Extreme gender conformity, machismo, and weak, submissive women, no, no, no, no. We are humans; people have the right to think whatever they want. I follow my own path, and I am who I am.”

The astrologist’s groundbreaking work is also being celebrated with a dedicated exhibit that explores the more intimate parts of his life.

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Called Mucho, Mucho Amor: 50 Years of Walter Mercado, the exhibit is being hosted by the History Miami Museum in Florida. The limited-run exhibit is open from August 2nd-25th. At the grand opening, Mercado entered the event in true fabulos style — carried in on a golden throne-like the true celestial king he is while triumphant music played and fans cheered. 

For public viewing, the exhibit features 12 of Mercado’s most iconic capes — one decorated and bedazzled for each Astrological sign. It will also showcase jewels, tarot cards and ephemera used during Mercado’s readings. These items will be on display for the first time ever. 

In the interview, Mercado credits his success to his realness to his longterm.

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For many of us, the comfort Mercado has in his own skin is something we aspire to have. It’s this comfort that led to the familiarity and trust that we developed in the astrologist. His spot-on astrology predictions didn’t hurt either, but it’s definitely the certainty that comes from Mercado’s self-assurance that makes him such a trusted figure. 

“The stars will give an inclination, but they don’t force anything on anyone,” Walter said in his interview. “I would tell people the tendencies I would see show up for them, but I was always very clear with my messages. I let people know they shouldn’t have expectations from me or expect me to tell them the exact location where they’ll run into the love of their life. I would formulate it by saying, ‘I see a tendency that love is around you and following you.’”

Mercado also shared that he believes that his gift for astrology comes from a “divine source” and credits it for the love he has received from his numerous fans. 

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Whether Mercado’s readings are authentic or just vague prophecies, one thing is certain: the astrologist loves his fans as much as they love him. With this in mind, Mercado tries to share his love and positivity with his public.

“People were saying I was the new prophet for a new era and that God and Christ manifested in my heart,” Mercado explained. “I was taken aback by all the love people were showing me, and I’ve always improvised my readings. I don’t like to use a teleprompter. When I was finishing the segment I was inspired, and I uttered the words, ‘Que Dios me los bendiga a todos, y que reciban de mi mucha paz y mucho mucho (blows kiss) amor,’ and it stuck. People were thanking me for the prayer, and at that moment, I made the choice – since the prayer was so pure and beautiful – I would keep using it. I still use it so the public could continue to receive these blessings.”

H/T: Remezcla “I Am Who I Am” Walter Mercado On Gender Non-Conformity & His Long Career

22 Facts About Geminis Since It Is That Time Of The Season

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22 Facts About Geminis Since It Is That Time Of The Season

It’s that time of the year for Gemini babes to shine! But if you’re a Gemini, then you probably knew this already. And sure, it’s all well and good to know that you’re one fantastic Gemini babe, but are you a Gemini expert? Test your Gemini knowledge, and read our 22 facts below to see how much you know about being a Gemini.

1. You’re born between the 21st of May and the 20th of June.

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We’ll start with the basics. If you’re a Gemini, then you’re born sometime between the 21st of May, and the 20th of June, inclusive. So Gemini babes, remember this next time you’re at a party – you never know, you might be able to pick a fellow Gemini from their birthday!

2. Your ruling planet is Mercury.

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Mercury was named for the ancient Roman god of messengers, who rules over communication, writing, and movement. Gemini, if you’re wondering why you’re so good at talking the ear off the person next to you, wonder no longer! You were born to chat. 

3. Geminis are expressive and quick-witted.

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Communication isn’t just limited to talking. Geminis thrive off being active in a conversation, and that involves listening, too! And, in your case, being a bit of a joker. You’re the personification of a social butterfly. You draw energy from being around people, and that’s why most know you as an extrovert.

4. But, Geminis also have a serious side.

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As the sign of the twin, Geminis can go from being bright and breezy, to serious, thoughtful, and restless. With your two very opposite sides, sometimes people can’t make head or tails of you.

5. Your curiosity makes you want to explore.

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But what do you want to explore? The possibilities are endless! Maybe you want to travel, talk about ideas, discover a new culture – Geminis are absolutely fascinated by the world. And so, you forever feel like there’s just not enough time to experience everything that you want to experience.

6. You’re forever searching for your other half.

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Another part of being the sign of the twin is this constant feeling that your other half is missing. This isn’t just in a romantic way, either. You seek new friends, mentors, and colleagues to bring out the best in you – and you in them.

7. You value a deep connection.

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If anyone is lucky enough to get really close to you, they’ve found themselves a true friend. A Gemini like you sticks around, through thick and thin. That being said, you are guilty of sometimes stretching yourself a little too thin when it comes to making friends, and so you have plenty of acquaintances, too.

8. Yellow and green are a Gemini’s lucky colors.

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Wearing yellow and green can bring a Gemini luck! Beyond colors, your lucky numbers are three and five, and your lucky days are Wednesday and Thursday. 

9. You’re compatible with four other star signs.

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Love and friendship comes most easily to you with Aries, Leo, Libra, and Aquarius. Of course, your connection to Libra and Aquarius isn’t really that much of a surprise – they are also air signs, like you, Gemini! Air signs generally have light and breezy attitudes, meaning that you all get along like a house on fire. 

10. But, Geminis are least compatible with two-star signs.

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It might be wise to steer clear of Virgo and Pisces, Gemini. With Virgo’s penchant for perfectionism, and Pisces intense, emotional soul, they may be a bit much for your light-heartedness. Chances are, you’ll probably grind their gears, too.

11. Geminis mostly want fun from love and sex.

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You’re always up for an intellectual challenge, and the easiest way to your heart is through stimulating conversation. You need to know that someone’s just as good with words as they are in bed.

12. You may find it hard to settle down.

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Since Geminis are all about movement, it means that when you jump into the dating pool, you may not be so keen on getting into people’s baggage. That being said, when you find The One, you’ll happily invest everything you have in the relationship.

13. Geminis get along well with children.

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Is it your friendliness that makes the little ones want to be around you? Or is it the fact that you understand that kids just need to narrate everything they do? Who knows. It doesn’t change the fact that you’re great with children.

14. You tend to avoid taking on responsibility.

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Especially in the home. After all, who really wants to be domestic, and waste time doing the laundry, and vacuuming, andpaying bills, and watering plants, and making beds, and tidying up, when there are so many other exciting things to do?

15. The best career path for you involves your brainpower.

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You like it best when your job engages with your smarts – and it’s even better if you spend your days multitasking and working with other people! Geminis generally suit being a trader, artist, inventor, writer, orator, preacher, journalist or lawyer.

16. Geminis are bad with money.

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But as far as you’re concerned, really, you’re pretty excellent with money. After all, why earn it if you’re not going to spend it? Money is a necessary evil for you, since in the wise words of Homer Simpson, “money can be exchanged for goods and services”. Or in your case, take you on your next adventure.

17. People love how flexible you are.

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As a rule, Geminis tend to be pretty open-minded and easy-going. Sometimes your versatility influences your love life, too, which can make you a really interesting babe in bed.

18. Enthusiasm is your middle name.

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Okay, maybe it’s not literally your middle name. But, it may as well be – your enthusiasm is always infectious, and it definitely makes you the life of the party! Everyone knows it’s going to be a wild time once you start drinking since a tipsy Gemini is an up-for-anything Gemini. 

19. Geminis suck at making decisions.

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Because you have this innate ability to think about different perspectives in every situation, you’re always of two minds about something. Remember: it always helps if you weigh up the pros and cons of your decisions!

20. You can’t resist gossip.

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For you, gossip isn’t about going on a power trip. You just really love the thrill of spilled tea – probably because if you were really honest with yourself, you can be a bit nosy sometimes.

21. You have two flowers associated with your sign.

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Lavender and Lily of the Valley are considered Gemini flowers. 

22. As a Gemini, you share your sign with a pretty eclectic group of celebrities.

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The list includes people like Donald Trump, Kanye West, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Prince, Paul McCartney, Marilyn Monroe, Serena Williams, Morgan Freeman, and Bob Dylan!

Were there any Gemini traits that surprised you? Let us know what you think on Facebook by clicking the icon at the top of the page!

Trivia – These Selena-Themed Parties Will Inspire You To Rep La Reina On Your Next Birthday

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Trivia – These Selena-Themed Parties Will Inspire You To Rep La Reina On Your Next Birthday

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It has been almost 24 years since the tragic death of our queen Selena on March 31, 1995. At the time of her untimely death, she was only 23 years old. During her short but eventful life, she became an icon for Mexican-Americans and Latinos all throughout the globe. She also helped bring genres such as tejano, cumbia, and grupero to mainstream American popular culture. Today, she is still an eternal icon and the epitome of what it means to be a contemporary Latina power player: generous, fearless and proud of her roots. 

Let’s leave sad memories behind and witness one of the ways in which Selena Quintanilla continues to be a source of inspiration and joy for millions. What better way to do it than showing you the lengths that Selena fans go through to honor their beloved singer in birthday parties! Yes, Selena-themed parties are still in and will never go out.

Trivia – No one can make you feel inferior without your consent

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.

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“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.

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Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful.

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There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

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This birthday cake that looks like more like an altar to la reina del Texas.

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We love the elegant arrangement in this cake. Selena looks ravishing in that picture, and the roses give an extra touch of nostalgia to the piece. It looks too pretty to eat, but we are sure it was delicioso

What about this fantastic recreation of one of Selena’s most iconic looks? 

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Selena could rock basically any style, from grupero outfits to more rock-n-roll classics like leather jackets. This Insta user copied Selena’s look for the 1994 Tejano Music Awards and she did a great job. More on her party below.

Como la flor. Now, that is one chingón party desserts spread! 

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This desserts table is a true homage to the late Grammy Award winner. Como la flor… one of the phrases most tightly attached to the great Miss Quintanilla. 

This woman has the best friends ever. They all played along with her Selena-themed cumple!

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Does she look familiar? A woman called Arienne had an amazing party. Her friends dressed all in white, letting her shine in the stunning black outfit.  

Seriously, look at her smile… good for you, Arienne! 

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She even looks a bit like Selena. It verges on the uncanny and a little unsettling. She should probably play Selena in the upcoming Netflix show.

Lipstick, purple sexiness and cookies. What better way to celebrate Latina power?

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We are all over these sweet treats with the iconic purple outfit and the red lipstick. We are sure Selena would have approved. A que no puedes comer solo una

Ay Dios! These Selenitas son la onda.

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OMG! These tiny Selenas are so cute and amazing. Good to know that these young Latinitas have such a great and empowering role model 🙂 

Little Aubrey is having the time of her life and it’s tots adorbs.

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Look at this birthday girl. Seriously, she is so lucky her family has put so much effort into making her birthday dreams come true. 

We can’t even. This is so amazing and empowering.

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One of Selena Quintanilla’s beliefs was that anyone can achieve their dreams, regardless of their particular skills. This birthday party just nos pone la piel chinita and reminds us that music is what brings us all together and that being different is amazing. Uniqueness is our most precious treasure. 

These centerpieces are magnificent, the little girl’s friends will all be ready to cumbia all morning.

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Honestly, these centerpieces would look amazing at a wedding… if the bride is a Selena fan, why not? La novia manda. 

Pastelinos de Selena… para chuparse los dedos.

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Purple glitter and a Selena cartoon that is cute as hell? Yes, please. Tbh, we are all feeling like we got cheated since we never had our own Selena-themed parties.

Or if you want something a bit more sophisticated, what about these?

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But well, to be honest, these cupcakes are a bit more stylish and creative. They use the iconic belt, bra, red lips and red car that made Selena a brand of transcultural appeal. 

Eliana and her Selena bestie will make you jealous.

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When you find a friend that shares your love for Selena and is willing to help you explore your fandom, you have struck friendship gold. 

Aw, bien tierno! This 7-year-old has a magnetic smile that reminds us of our fave Latina diva

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What an amazing smile on this little diva so happy and sweet. We all know that feeling because we have all been that girl at our own birthday parties.

This rose is as big as her. *searches Pinterest for instructions on how to make it*

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Roses will always remind us of Selena. This little chiquita de seis añitos is just loving her huge rose. Can we take home one of those gift bags, pretty please? Sing with us: 

Como la flor (como la flor), con tanto amor (con tanto amor)
Me diste tu, se marchito
Me marcho hoy, yo se perder
Pero, Aaaayyy! Como me duele
Aaaayyy! Como me duele

OK, then… this is… interesting…

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Ay, santo Cristo! This is as funny as it it a bit disturbing. But we are sure these two were the talk of the party. What size is that bra anyway? ZZ? This couple must enjoy a fantastic amor, even if it is prohibido for any reason. 

Estamos muy excited about these balloons. Seriously.

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Muy excited is one of Selena’s iconic phrases. These globitos look elegant and cute at the same time. If you are planning a Selena-themed party after reading this post, these can’t be missed. 

A Selena-themes party wouldn’t really be complete without a Selena piñata, o no?

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Some stereotypes are true: us Latinos do love a good old-fashioned piñata, o no? This community party at Los Feliz had a great one with the now eternal purple conjuntito coqueto

We like this meticulous creation a bit better, though.

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But to be honest we think this one is much better. Look at all the details, like those huge earrings and the belt. It takes real craftsmanship to pull that off! Little Vali must have been over the moon. 

But let’s talk about the elephant in the room. The one we really wanna use as a piñata is evil Yolanda.

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But if we wanna sacar nuestra ira against someone, it is against Yolanda Saldivar… Dale dale dale, no pierdas el tino!

Last but not least, a good Selena-themed party requires some sequin bra shopping 

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Want to organize a Selena-themed hen’s night? Well, take all your amigochas shopping and get sparkly bras to dance the tecnocumbia and just let yourselves loose in honor of our reina por siempre. Ready to partayyy? Sing with us.

READ: This Woman Had A Selena-Themed Party For Her Daughter’s Birthday And Our Hearts Can’t

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