In the TarotMuertos, the four suits are Pentacles (resources/money), Swords (intellect/intuition), Scepters (inspiration/spark of life) and Grails (spiritual love/purity of emotion). For each suit, there are four court cards: King (father), Queen (mother), Warrior (Knight/son), and Daughter (page/young female), as well as the number (also known as pip) cards (Ace-10). The suits use the four Elements (earth, air, fire, and water) as well as color association (Pentacles/green, Swords/white, Scepters/red, Grails/blue) in their conceptual imagery.
The TarotMuertos uses various concepts and imagery from Dia de los Muertos to put new interpretations onto the classic Tarot. Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday derived from spiritual commemoration of one’s ancestors. This holiday has spread to much of Central and South America, as well as the southwestern United States. Dia de los Muertos is often confused with Halloween, since both holidays are around the same time of the year and based in the spirits of the dead. However, Dia de los Muertos is a colorful, more complex, and ancient multi-day celebration with connections to Aztec, Mayan, and Toltec civilizations