This month we are finishing up the first Aett by looking at the eighth rune, Wunjo. This is a fairly easy one to remember since it resembles the English letter “P”, although it is equivalent to the sound “w”. Wunjo is also called Wynn and represents the end of the cycle of the first eight runes.
Wunjo doesn’t appear in either the Icelandic or Norwegian rune poems, so we must rely on the Anglo-Saxon to help us begin to understand it’s meaning. According to the one rune poem it does appear in, Wunjo represents true joy, the bliss of a person who knows nothing of suffering and who loves his life. The anglo-Saxon rune poem says: "Bliss he enjoys who knows not suffering,
sorrow nor anxiety,
and has prosperity and happiness and a good enough house." (http://www.ragweedforge.com/rpae.html)
From this we can gather that this rune is a symbol of the joy of a child, pure and unmarred by pain or sorrow, and also of the person who is content with what they have in life. It implies that the person who feels this type of joy has all their basic needs met and is wise enough to be satisfied with what they have.
For many modern runesters Wunjo represents all positive emotions - joy, bliss, happiness and contentment. It is being happy in the moment and embracing the present without worry of either the future or the past. Many see it as harmony of diverse elements and it can represent marriage, joining, or the blending of two different things into one. It is the innocence of the child but also the will to choose happiness and embrace joy. Some also see this rune as a sign of emotional healing and in some instances, spiritual ecstasy. It is associated with Odin, and is the only rune which has no negative meanings attached to it.
When this rune appears in divination it is always a positive sign. It can represent a turn for the good or an improvement in a situation. If asking a “yes” or “no” question with the runes, Wunjo being drawn would indicate a definite “yes”. In some circumstances it can appear to tell the questioner to embrace simple joy, to live in the now and let the future worry about itself. It reminds us that happiness is a choice and may be telling us to find our bliss. It indicates a positive outcome.
In magic it can be added to charms to draw good luck, and carved onto spell candles to increase positive energy. When drawn on the forehead it can help to alleviate depression. It can also be traced onto the walls of a room to improve the atmosphere.
To attune to this rune I suggest using it as much as possible. It is safe to work with this way because it has no negative aspects. It can be subtly traced on the walls at your job to bring harmony and peace to your work place and traced on your forehead to improve your mood during a bad day. This can also be done to help relieve stress. It can be added into almost any positive spell to increase energy and draw luck. And as always you can do a rune meditation where you visualize yourself entering into the rune and experiencing its energy. Remember to write down any results after using the rune, or after a meditation.
Next month we will look at Hagalaz, and begin the second Aett.
Diana Paxson, Taking Up the Runes
Freya Aswynn, Northern Mysteries and Magic
Sweyn Plowright, Rune Primer
Edred Thorsson, Futhark