The cards are simply amazing. I have used them in both the long-form, laying them out properly as directed by Francesca to get a full reading about a particular problem. But more usually I use them as a means of gaining insight into the way I’m feeling that day, finding the energy/colour that would be most helpful. So I have a pack of the cards by my desk and pick one when I have thought through exactly what the issue is. It always stuns me how absolutely spot-on the card is, how the word and the colour resonate, and how right the information in the book for that card is. I shouldn’t be flabbergasted but I always am. Thank you, Francesca - they’re a real joy to have in my life, which is something I’d never say about a pack of cards!
Colin Bisset, Writer and Broadcaster
Excellent!Everyone should buy a set of Francesca's cards for their sanity, they are brilliantly enlightening in any life dilemma!I am lucky to have the very beautiful hand painted ones too.
Nicola Contreras, Artist and Potter
The cards are wonderful, they have had such a positive effect on my life.
Using them is both revealing and empowering. I have used them many times and the chosen card is always interesting. It can be obvious or unexpected. For example, recently, I was struggling with the very serious business of how to put systems in place to balance being a mother with expanding my artistic career. The chosen card was bright red, REVELRY. My reaction was immediate 'this is no laughing matter!'. In fact the longer I sat with the card the more sense it made. What a strong vital colour. A colour of celebration, of passion, of potential. The potential of being an artist and a mother! It jolted me out of my seriousness and it was with a more positive and confident attitude I started organising. The cards are a real gift.Rachel Tilda Wolf, Artist
Writing a novel is a solitary business requiring ridiculous amounts of stamina and self belief. Inevitably there are moments when I write myself into a dead end and when doubts creep in along with a general feeling of gloom. It is on occasions like this that I use the cards. I experience them as messages from the gods, nudges in the right direction and occasionally a boot up the backside.
I often use them when I am frightened or have lost faith. almost always revive my optimism and sense of humour, both crucial to completing a project as long as a novel. They offer a sort of psychic break and an opportunity to look at myself from the outside and assess what I might need. They are a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend them.Victoria Blake, Author of the 'The Return of the Courtesan'
Francesca’s paintings always evoke a strong response. I was so drawn to the painting "In Memory of the Fallen” that I had to buy it and it now hangs in my study. Each day I am greeted by the surging , uplifting energy of its vibrant greens, overlaid with lines of red, like poppies or gunfire, which melts away to a soft, grey cloud that seems like smoke or – to my mind – the souls of dead soldiers. And that’s exactly what makes her work so powerful – the layers of meaning. I enjoy this painting for its use of colour and texture but I value it for the emotions it provokes. It’s strong stuff and beautiful, and I wouldn’t want my space to be without it.Colin Bisset, Writer and Broadcaster
The painting I have by Francesca Howard is called 'The Bravery of Starting on The Road Ahead'. It hangs in my consulting room. I am a psychotherapist and the aptness of the title for my work, and for my clients is clear. The painting is dominated by shades of blue, but has reds, yellows and greens woven through it. Sometimes it looks like a river winding through a landscape, sometimes like a night scene. My clients comment on it, and sometimes, perhaps when someone needs to detach from the content of the session, I ask them to look at the painting and tell me what they see. It is always meaningful in different ways. The connection between visual art, and the process of therapy is profound - inner worlds become manifest, interpreted, framed. When Francesca gave me this painting she told me "I have a feeling this picture will do good work in your room." She was right.
Jane Francis, Psychotherapist