Wunjo is often called the rune of joy, perhaps the joy of perfection, or bliss. It can also be associated with ecstasy and magical joy giving rise to the question, are there different kinds of joy? Or is joy just joy? Is there a difference between states of joy and ecstasy, and madness? Can we come into relationship or alignment with Wunjo through the use of sacred plant medicines, things like mushrooms and fermented tree saps? or perhaps even drugs? Can we connect to Wunjo through states of ecstasy or bliss attained by dancing, drumming, fasting, sex? Would some of these methods be deemed more spiritual, more sacred than others, and if so why? How might you view the presence of Wunjo in a reading? Joy can come from blessings and abundance. It can be experienced alone. Joy can come from of being part of a family, clan or tribe. But when it is it brings along with it the obligations and responsibility of community. I find in readings sometimes that the lack of joy a person expresses is tightly woven together with their unwillingness to accept the obligation and responsibilities that go hand in hand with the joy that comes from being part of family or community. What are your own experiences with this concept and the Wunjo rune? Have you ever struggled with the desire to experience joy as part of a relationship, individual or group, and an unwillingness to accept the accountability that goes along with it? Wunjo can also connect us with the joy of the Otherworld or Afterworld. To the ancient Norse, the world after death was considered a place of great joy. The halls where the dead ate and drank were light filled and it was from these places the dead gave attention to the well-being of their kin or clan. Have you ever connected joy with the dead or your relationship with them as your ancestors? As I am writing this I am sitting outside in Portland, Oregon. It's a summer evening almost 9:00 and a breeze is blowing. I'm reminded of Wunjo. To me it looks like a small, triangular flag at the top of a flag pole. Even the slightest breeze will cause the flag to flutter. Even the slightest breeze will cause a change in the weather. When you feel Wunjo move, even if it's ever so slightly, do you consider that there might be a change coming in the weather or climate of your life?
Runes - hand painted on linen using beet juice
This is an original art piece by Kristie Maren Williams of Awakened Roots