Walter Mercado’s Guide to Saying Adios to 2017 and Hello to 2018

Walter Mercado — Latin America’s favorite astrologist — wants you to have a prosperous new year

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Walter Mercado — Latin America’s favorite astrologist — wants you to have a prosperous new year. The only way to do that is to ring in 2018 the Walter way, which, of course, is the right way because Walter knows best. While you’re probably already set on doing your whimsical Latino New Year’s Eve traditions, here’s what you should include in the mix. According to Walter, you should also include the following rituals to get 2018 going the right way.

Here’s his guide, according to the Miami Herald.

ARIES (March 21 – April 19)

“For this year’s end, dress in red, which is your lucky color. You must burn a piece of paper with the list of all the negative things that happened during 2017. For prosperity, put some coins on a small red dish by the entrance to your home. For love, make a small altar with two red apples, decorated with cloves and sprinkled with cinnamon. You should keep the altar during the first week of the new year. For good health, never forget to carry some jade and a carnelian stone. Your bath on New Year’s Eve should use honey, basil and your favorite perfume.”

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20)

“It’s very important that you drop four copper coins at a crossroad as you beseech the spiritual forces of the universe to open for you all of the paths that lead to success and good health. For love, burn some rose incense and pray to Our Lady of Charity in El Cobre or Ochún to enjoy a stable and happy relationship. To ring in the new year, take a bath with mint leaves, honey, cinnamon and your favorite perfume. Dress in green and carry with you an emerald or some jade and something made of copper, which is your lucky metal.”

GEMINI (May 21 – June 20)

“For the year’s end, wear yellow or gold, which is your color for luck and attracting money. Burn a lot of incense to drive out all the negativity of 2017, and make sure you have bells at home to ring them at year’s end. For love, sweeten your home with a plate of fruit dedicated to God and deities like Ganesh, Elegua and San Antonio de Padua. Carry a citrine stone as an amulet for good health. Your last bath of the year should include seven different colognes and yellow rose petals.”

CANCER (June 21 – July 22)

“Wear white to attract to yourself everything that is positive, and carry something black to bury everything that was negative in the past. For love, you must also wear silver jewelry, perhaps in the shape of a half moon because the moon is your regent. Place a transparent vase with water in the middle of your home and welcome 2018 with a Moonstone, which will bring you much wealth. Decorate your home with white flowers, lilies or roses. Your bath at the end of the year must include honey, cider, parsley and basil to bring you good health.”

LEO (July 23 – Aug. 22)

“Orange is your lucky color, so you must wear it to usher in the new year. For good health, light an orange candle and perfume your home with sandalwood incense. Put sunflowers and fruit, lots of fruit, around your home. Don’t forget to carry some jewelry in gold, which is the metal of all Leos. For love, tie two sticks of cinnamon with a red ribbon and place it at the entrance to your room or your home so that peace and love can rule over your life.”

VIRGO (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

“Dress in white or cream, and have a lot of fun. For health, buy a card or medal with the image of the Virgin of Mercy, who is very powerful and is linked to Virgo’s symbol. For prosperity, make sure you have three small sprigs of wheat, which are symbols of abundance in all things. To attract a new love or keep the one you have, take a bath in a lot of water, adding honey, cinnamon and seven of your favorite perfumes. Get a rose colored quartz, which is your luck stone, and some rose incense to accompany you on New Year’s Eve.”

LIBRA (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

“Start by welcoming the new year with new clothes, preferably pink, or you can carry a piece of rose colored quartz or an Opal. Venus, the planet of love, is your regent, so on the last night of the year surround yourself with pink and yellow roses for love and good luck. Offer a small cake to Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre to sweeten the new year and make sure there will be no shortage of love, good health or money in your life. Promise yourself to change the negatives into positives. Your last bath of the year must have roses, rose petals, mint, ground cinnamon and fern leaves.”

SCORPIO (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

“Visit a church or other place of spiritual devotion before the year is over, and bring an offering like flowers or candles. To say goodbye to 2017, you must have one red and one white candle at home so that peace and harmony will reign over your life. Dress in black and combine it with white. For love, take a bath with red carnations and add a few drops of red wine, some guava leaves, honey and cinnamon. For good luck and health, carry an obsidian or topaz stone, which are your lucky stones, and wrap yourself in the magic of saying goodbye to one year and welcoming everything new that is about to happen in your life.”

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

“It is imperative that you greet the new year dressed in blue and red. To make sure you don’t have a shortage of love, keep a basket of red apples at home, which will work like a magnet to attract positive energy. Carry your good luck stone, which is turquoise, and keep the figure of a unicorn at home. Your cleansing bath for the end of the year must include fresh basil, sage, mint and other medicinal plants. Add a couple of drops of your favorite perfume and turn yourself into a magnet for positive energy.”

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

“On the last day of the year, light a white candle to your favorite saint and pray for all of mankind, your favorite people and yourself. Dress in bronze or brown and carry something red. Clean your home with a dry coconut, rolling it all over the house with your feet and pushing it toward the outside until it crosses the entrance. Then break the coconut so that everything negative in your life goes far away. For good health, luck and love, take a bath with coconut water, river water and sea water as well as perfume. Keep an Easter flower, the flower of your zodiac sign, at home and give yourself an onyx or garnet stone for prosperity.”

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

“Say goodbye to the year by burning sandalwood incense and decorating your home with fruit and natural flowers as symbols of abundance and prosperity. Your last bath of the year should use natural flowers, almond oil, perfume, cinnamon and honey. Amethysts are the stones of your sign and will help you attract true love and free you from all past negatives. Dress in something violet, combined with something silvery. Have fun, dance, sing, smile and don’t forget to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight.”

PISCES (Feb. 19 – March 20)

“You will greet 2018 with new hope and a strong desire to succeed and to turn your dreams into reality. Wear something light blue or lilac, which are the colors that represent spirituality. On New Year’s Eve, burn Patchouli incense and light pink, white and light blue candles. For good luck, health and love, carry something from the sea, like a pearl, coral or a shell. Your last bath of the year should use sea or salted water, rose petals, honey, coconut oil, champagne and a combination of your favorite perfumes.”

H/T: How to live your best life in 2018, according to Walter Mercado

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