Card: La Torre / The Tower
Numerical Value: 16
Astronomical Symbol: Pisces
Depiction: In the Tarot de la Santa Muerte, the card "La Torre" shows a large, black cloaked Santa Muerte standing tall beside a tower made of brick. The Santa Muerte swings a scythe through the center of the tower, ripping it in half and sending bricks and debris into the air. From the top of the tower bellows fire and black smoke. The land on which the scene takes place is shown as dirt, and buried beneath the surface of the dirt are three items - a skull, a sword, and a crown. The background of this scene is marked by a glowing sun placed directly behind the head of the Santa Muerte, along with orange, red, and white clouds.
Card: El Diablo / The Devil
Numerical Value: 15
Astronomical Symbol: Capricorn
Depiction: In the Tarot de la Santa Muerte, "El Diablo" depicts the black cloaked Santa Muerte holding a scythe in one hand and a near-ended hourglass in the other. Beneath her, crouching on the floor controlling a marionette with one hand and using the other hand to poke needles into a voodoo doll, is a bright red, goat-man looking devil with horns. A series of nine yellow stars can be seen at the top of the scene, and the background is consumed by fiery clouds red, orange, and dark gray.
Card: La Templanza / Temperance
Numerical Value: 14
Astronomical Symbol: Sagittarius
Depiction: In the Tarot de la Santa Muerte, "La Templanza" depicts the white cloaked Santa Muerte holding two golden cups, one in each hand, pouring a red colored substance from one cup into the other. She appears hovering on a white cloud, over wide open green terrain. The sky behind Santa Muerte appears split in two, with one side dominated by a black rain cloud and dark sky, and the other side dominated by a bright rainbow and clear skies.
Card: La Santa Muerte / Holy Death
Numerical Value: 13
Astronomical Symbol: Scorpio
Depiction: In the Tarot de la Santa Muerte, "La Santa Muerte" depicts the Santa Muerte cloaked in white, surrounded by various symbols that represent the Santa Muerte and her power. In her right hand she holds a scythe, and in her left she holds the world. Behind the Santa Muerte, illuminating her image, is the bright sun. Also surrounding the image of the Santa Muerte are the images of the moon, an owl, an hourglass, and the scales of justice. The background is black and cloudy and makes it appear as if the Santa Muerte floats high above, beyond the heavens and beyond all time. One foot appears in front of the other, as if the Santa Muerte is about to walk right off the card.
Card: El Colgado / The Hanged Man
Numerical Value: 12
Astronomical Symbol: Taurus
Depiction: In the Tarot de la Santa Muerte, "El Colgado" depicts the black cloaked Santa Muerte, scythe in one hand, a naked man dangling by a rope in the other. The man she dangles is hanged from his ankle, upside down, water dripping from his head onto the bare Earth below him.
His legs bend to form a number six.
The scene appears to take place on the sands of a beach. A treasure chest and what appears to be a sliver of ocean can be seen in the lower right of the card, and a skull and some vegetation can be seen in the lower left. The sky behind the Santa Muerte is both a night sky and a day sky, with sun and moon both visible at the same time.
Card: La Fuerza / Strength
Numerical Value: 11
Astronomical Symbol: Leo
Depiction: In the Tarot de la Santa Muerte, "La Fuerza" depicts the white cloaked Santa Muerte, covered in a glowing yellow light, towering over a scantily clad woman who herself is leaning against a powerful lion, a beast which the woman appears to have tamed. Santa Muerte runs her hands through the woman's hair, while the lion rests at a position of protection or guarding for the woman - remaining by her side and looking outward with a ferocious scowl.
The scene appears to take place atop a hill, off a walking or riding path. The sky in the background appears dark and ominous as lightning flashes and gray mist swirls, but the three characters appear strong and confident.
Card: La Rueda / The Wheel
Numerical Value: 10
Astronomical Symbol: Jupiter
Depiction: In the Tarot de la Santa Muerte, "La Rueda" depicts the gold cloaked Santa Muerte with her hand on a large rotating wheel, La Rueda, the wheel of life. The wheel is made of wood, and features various astrological symbols around its edge. Also depicted are three small, naked human figures. One stands on the ground below the wheel, arms stretched upward toward the heavens. The second hovers at the top of the wheel, arms to his sides, shrouded in light and rising into the heavens. The third small human figure can be seen falling or leaping into a lake or river of fire just beyond the edge of the cliff on which the wheel stands. In the background, white clouds hover over black clouds.
Card: El Ermitano / The Hermit
Numerical Value: 9
Astronomical Symbol: Virgo
Depiction: In the Tarot de la Santa Muerte, "El Ermitano" depicts an elderly man, a hermit, in purple robes with a walking stick in one hand and a lit candle in the other. He appears on a mountain side, next to a human skull at his feet and beside what appears to be a cave whose opening resembles the reflective surface of a mirror. The black cloaked Santa Muerte towers over the El Hermitano and looks upon him. Also above El Hermitano flies a large, powerful owl. A shining sun and white cloud appear in the background.
Card: La Justicia / Justice
Numerical Value: 8
Astronomical Symbol: Libra
Depiction: In the Tarot de la Santa Muerte, "La Justicia" depicts the blue cloaked Santa Muerte holding the scales of justice above a burning flame atop an obelisk. A heart sits balancing on the scales, counter balanced by a feather. The all seeing eye looks over the scene, which is set between two large pillars, one white and one black. The floor is also black and white. Clouds are seen in the background.
Card: El Altar / The Altar
Numerical Value: 7
Astronomical Symbol: Uranus
Depiction: In the Tarot de la Santa Muerte, "El Altar" depicts the white cloaked Santa Muerte upon a wheeled altar. The altar is ornate and adorned with offerings which travel with the altar as it moves. The top of the altar depicts a tapestry of stars that hang above Santa Muerte. At the base of the altar, one wheel is white and the other is black. In the background appears the outline of a city. White clouds hang in the sky above, and a flock of birds is visible in the top left of the card.