Deck Comparison: How To Deal + Circo Tarot
If you’ve gotten a reading from me—in person, email, subscription, whatever… you’ll have probably seen me use one of Marisa de la Peña’s decks. I’m a huge fan of the Circo Tarot (so much so that I actually have two editions!) and a couple of months back, I also got Marisa’s Persephone Tarot and her Strange Lands Oracle.
What makes her work so appealing? I love the gouache, the cheeky messages on the oracle cards, and even the easy-to-shuffle card stock on all her decks. I also love the personalized touches that always come with her decks—the handmade bags, and even the packages sprinkled with all sorts of sparkly, glittery embellishments. TOO CUTE.
When Marisa announced that she would be illustrating a book entitled “How to Deal,” I knew I had to get on it—stat. But then, my plans were derailed because I took too long deciding between an e-book or an actual print… and then came the “How to Deal” deck announcement! Cards before books (do I have my priorities straight?), so I jumped on that and scored a copy.
The thing about “How to Deal,” however, is that it’s actually a reboot of the Circo Tarot but with more “adolescent-friendly” images, I would say. Less naked bodies, a lot more wholesome representations. I’m not entirely sure about this, but I think I read somewhere that the book is actually marketed toward teens… so the accompanying deck (which, sadly, isn’t on the Circo Tarot website at the moment) is understandably PG-13 too.
But for those who are curious and those who are actually lucky enough to find a copy of this deck floating in one of the Facebook groups or forums, here’s a side by side between the different cards of How to Deal and the Circo Tarot.
“How to Deal” comes in a tuck box unlike my edition of the Circo Tarot (I think it’s the third!), which consists of cards in a green bag. The “How to Deal” cards are slightly thinner, smaller and flimsier—making them perfect for riffle shuffling and stowing away in your purse. Circo’s card stock is a lot more hardy and is also thicker, which means it holds up to frequent use but can be difficult to handle if you’ve got small hands.
Recently, Marisa has released new versions of the Strange Lands Oracle and the Persephone Tarot (tricolor edition, what!). But I’m currently on a no-spend as I’m saving up for my next vacation and the inflation rate here in the Philippines has been crazy wild. Her about page does say that she’s working on something new for Fall 2018, so I’m incredibly excited to see what’s next in the Circo Tarot fam. (You can be sure I’ll be on it as soon as it’s released—that’s if the $ rate eases up this side of the world!)