Puerto Rico’s Most Flamboyant Astrologer Is Finally Getting His Due

The filmmakers behind the new Netflix documentary Mucho Mucho Amor believe the astrologer’s message of love will resonate with a new generation

Omar L. Gallaga
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Walter Mercado in Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado. Photos: Netflix

At the height of his decades-long career on Spanish-language television, Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado reached about 120 million people with his inspirational Zodiac sign readings. Now, eight months after his death, Mercado is poised to reach millions more; Mucho Mucho Amor, a documentary about the famed mystic’s life, debuts on Netflix this week.

Co-directors Kareem Tabsch and Cristina Costantini and producer Alex Fumero began working on the film after Mercado’s moving-out-of-Miami estate sale in 2017 attracted a surprising number of young people and got the three filmmakers talking about the Puerto Rican icon’s legacy. Mercado began as a dancer and actor, but found fortune using his flair for the dramatic as an astrologist on TV shows such as Primer Impacto. He drew comparisons to celebrities such as Liberace with his flamboyant, sequin-adorned capes and robes, his coiffed blonde hair, and his augmented facial features, which only added to his mystique. Despite never having come out as gay or non-binary, Mercado became an LGBQT icon for preaching acceptance…

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