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Horror Ink Sketches by Miguel Guerra – King Death (Tarot)

Horror Ink Sketches by Miguel Guerra - King Death Tarot Cards

Horror Ink Sketches

As part of our horror countdown we’re posting one new ink sketch every day until…well, until Miguel stops drawing more. Miguel was caught up in a creative frenzy and drew a ton of Horror illustrations. Who can blame him? Every time I arrived home, there were more black and white sketches all over the place. So, we’re posting all of his horror sketches! 

★ To see all of the Horror Ink Sketches, click here.

Origins of Tarot Cards

“The Empress. The Hanged Man. The Chariot. Judgment. With their centuries-old iconography blending a mix of ancient symbols, religious allegories, and historic events, tarot cards can seem purposefully opaque. To outsiders and skeptics, occult practices like card reading have little relevance in our modern world. But a closer look at these miniature masterpieces reveals that the power of these cards isn’t endowed from some mystical source—it comes from the ability of their small, static images to illuminate our most complex dilemmas and desires.

Contrary to what the uninitiated might think, the meaning of divination cards changes over time, shaped by each era’s culture and the needs of individual users. This is partly why these decks can be so puzzling to outsiders, as most of them reference allegories or events familiar to people many centuries ago…” [click here to read more]


“Death (XIII) is the thirteenth trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks. It is used in Tarot, tarock and tarocchi games as well as in divination…The Death card usually depicts a Grim Reaper, personified Death, sometimes riding a horse but more often wielding a sickle. Surrounding it are dead and dying people from all classes, including kings, bishops and commoners. The Rider-Waite tarot deck depicts the skeleton carrying a black standard emblazoned with a white flower along with the Crashing Towers from The Moon raising with The Sun setting behind them in the background.” [click here to read more]

King Death (Tarot) by Miguel Guerra

Horror Ink Sketches by Miguel Guerra - King Death Tarot Cards

Related Links:

★ Horror Ink Sketch series by Miguel Guerra

★ Tarot Mythology: The Surprising Origins of the World’s Most Misunderstood Cards

★ Death (Tarot Card)