The Weekly Rune, Wunjo
For the week of 21 October 2018
Joy needed daily
Wunjo is the half-month stave through 28 October. Dagaz is the intuitive stave, and Nauthiz indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Wunjo, Dagaz, then Nauthiz.
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“Half-month” is an astronomical concept in which each month is divided into two parts: days 1-15, then 16-month’s end. In terms of the runic calendar, the half-month rune is based on the Elder Futhark, and governs for a tad over two weeks (14 and 1/4 days, or a fortnight).
The Weekly Rune is based on a three-rune cast. Those runes are the half-month, the intuitive rune, and the overview. The half-month is a set rune, which for the most part follows the traditional ordering of the Elder Futhark. The intuitive stave (meaning, I draw it blind) indicates the life force most available to us, to the focus of the half-month rune into sharper focus. It suggests how we can best handle the half-month energies. The final rune (also drawn blind) provides a high overview of the current time, and speaks from different voices. These voices are usually Nature, Earth, Creation, though are sometimes others. I note who’s speaking each week.
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We discussed last week that Wunjo closes the first aett, and as such signifies a time of celebration and reflection. This time of year, we focus on the final harvest days, which portend The Dark Time.
Learn more about that seasonal progression, and how Gebo situates into it in Runic Book of Days.
What does it mean?
Wunjo is the rune of joy. It’s the point that we’ve reached some outcome that we worked hard for, see the rewards, and understand the action it took to get there. That’s Wunjo working in perfection. Most likely, we’re not cognisant of how we got there, which doesn’t make it any less sweet. Because it closes an aett, Wunjo presents a good opportunity to evaluate if our processes are working, if our goals are still worthy, and where we need to devote some self-care along the way.
Dagaz encourages us to greet our time with Wunjo with daily attention. Meaning “day,” Dagaz reminds us to pay attention to what gives meaning in a day. Be aware of microcycles and how they support us. If they don’t, they have to go. Dagaz is very much a “Hell Yes” or “Hell No” energy. Neither is a bad answer, and either gives us intel on how to improve how we find meaning in a day.
When I drew this rune, it very much indicated that it was the Earth-realm of Nature. Usually when Nature speaks, it’s vast, wide, well beyond the sphere of Earth. The message from that localization is to still bring everything back to a need level.
Nature only works by need. It wastes nothing. It overextends nothing. It doesn’t deprive itself. That balance has everything to do with joy. It asserts that there is logic underlying every choice that’s made, albeit many different kinds of logic. That balance in the context of the full runecast also implies that we have the opportunity on a daily basis to make choices (set boundaries) that support our needs, and that by doing so we increase our joy. And part of our ability to maintain that proper balance is to allow joy when it comes.
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.