I will admit I have a fascination with all collage decks, all digitally modified decks, and all decks that touch my inner painter by utilizing pre-existing art and incorporating new art, and The Distant Past Tarot, created by Jeri Totten, seems to check each of those boxes with aplomb! It is a beautifully rendered combination of images from a combination of existing and new art, using techniques that result in a flawless, soft deck that echos through time.
This deck is poker size (though more sizes may be available soon), and after serious frustration with large decks, I appreciate the break. The card stock is fairly standard, but shuffles beautifully, and the deck arrives shrink-wrapped, without a box. The pouch displayed is purchased separately, and well worth the investment. It's slightly padded interior hugs the deck perfectly and the zippered closure allows for ease of use. There is no accompanying book, but there are extra cards with very brief keywords listed, and standard spreads explained.
"Images from the Past to guide you into the Future."
- Jeri Totten
It's lack of nudity makes this deck especially appropriate for public events, and the soft artwork is great to put nervous clients at ease. The borderless imagery will also tickle the fancy of many readers who find borders limiting to their intuition. And, with it's small size, it makes the most of the card's surface as possible, creating artwork almost as large as those on bordered standard tarot decks, but without the added bulk.
I can honestly say I find everything about this deck perfect. Though the backs are not exactly reversible, it's close enough for those who care, and this little gem tucks beautifully in any purse or bag. And, most importantly, the customer service was amazing. Jeri was very pleasant to converse with, and seemed humbled by the praise I had for this amazing creation.
You will not be disappointed with the addition of this deck to your collection.