Hi! I’m Shinjini

Better known online as Modern Gypsy.

I’m a passionate artist, prolific writer, voracious reader, and seeker of soul.

I believe in the mysteries of the Universe, in the power of an intention...in crystals and Tarot and Oracles...

I believe in the transformative power of stories and the healing power of art and creativity.

I believe that writing is medicine – as a long time journal keeper, I have experienced the positive impact that focused writing has had on my life. I also know that art is therapy – creating a new piece of art {be it a painting, a photograph, or digital artistry} fires me up and soothes my soul!

I am a firm believer in the Tarot – it is a powerful tool for self-development, soulful guidance and deep inner work. Add in some crystal magic and intentional rituals, and you’ve got gold!

Combined, all of this is pure magic.

And I’m passionate about sharing this magic with YOU!

Let me help you take your first steps on your Tarot journey, or perhaps you’d prefer a practical, actionable Tarot reading. If art is more up your alley, you may enjoy my free Art Journaling 101 ebook or take an Art Shots ecourse. I also do a free intuitive Tarot reading every Saturday on my Instagram page, I’d love to see you there!


Want to know even more about me? Read Where I’m From.

Let's keep in touch: Receive my monthly letters

About this site

I started this blog at the tail end of 2006. Over the years, it has evolved from a public log of sorts to a reflection of my interests and passions. I really don’t believe in being tied down to any particular niche. I’m a multi-dimensional person with varied interests and viewpoints, so how can my online space be single-dimensional? Given the wide variety of things I write about, here’s a little index of sorts to help you navigate through the site.

Everything related to art and art journaling, including thoughts on creativity, my artistic journey, and pages from my art journals

Look through my lens – photographs and digital artistry, combined with a bit of storytelling or ruminations.

Connect with soul – find out all about the Tarot and journaling, immerse yourself in some thought provoking, soulful articles, and find some of my favorite meditation videos and inspirational speeches.

Go through my travel diaries and travel postcards – perfect for armchair travelling or for planning your next vacation!

Browse through my bookshelf to find your next read – all the books I’ve read are rated on a scale of 1–4, and you’ll find links there to all of the books I’ve reviewed.

Essays on a range of topics – from women’s issues and my thoughts on living a childfree life, to social media, ideology and more.

So why don't you grab a cup of coffee, make yourself comfortable, and immerse yourself in my world for a while?

I'm so glad you found your way here!