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Runic Book of Days - A Guide to Living the Annual Cycle of Rune Magick by S. Kelley Harrell, 2019 Nautilus Book Award Winner
Mannaz, Soul Intent Arts
Mannaz, Soul Intent Arts
Mannaz, Soul Intent Arts
Runic Book of Days - A Guide to Living the Annual Cycle of Rune Magick by S. Kelley Harrell, 2019 Nautilus Book Award Winner

Wunjo – Bliss he enjoys who knows not suffering, sorrow nor anxiety,
and has prosperity and happiness and a good enough house.
Anglo-Saxon rune poem, Runic and Heroic Poems, Bruce Dickins

Elder Futhark rune Fehu on a background of gold coins with flames down the right and the words, "understanding the sacred value of  Life  force, action, power... "

Wunjo

Traditional meaning – joy
Association – bliss, manifestation
Pronunciationwoo-yo
GaldrWoo, Woon, Woonyo, Wyn
Element – air
Dates – 13-28 October
Verb – to revel
Animistic Qualities – able to receive the benefit of agency, be in the nexus of Flow
Challenge – To feel joy

Listen to What in the Wyrd Episode 114 – Reveling with Wunjo

Traditional lore – Fehu is attributed to balance–a state ofbeing fulfilled,  having exactly what’s needed–not too much, not too little. Such a moment is joy and the experience of the quality of life being improved.

Animistic lore – Wunjo is the ability to experience the collective of Self as held by sacred forces. Through the bonds of Gebo, we experience those bonds as their own agency, moving out into the world. It is the first point in the Futhark that we see the results of our own agency, and that agency moving in the world as its own life force.

Gebo as runes oracle – Allowing joy

Elder Futhark runes Fehu, Ingwaz, Kenaz reversed with a white seashell on an orange background

Wunjo isn't just joy,

but roll around in it, get it all over you kind of joy.

Show Transcript

I’m Kelley Harrell, author, animist, and creator of The Weekly Rune. Soul Intent Arts is my soul tending practice, and you are listening to What in the Wyrd–my podcast in which I talk about runes, animism, soul tending, deathwalking, and how all of those are in relationship on my path.

I started working with the runes in season as a devotional practice for myself, and it grew into an undertaking shared by many other folx along the way. This cycle marks 11 years of The Weekly Rune, and I want to thank everyone for the support, insights, and growth we’ve shared through it, because of what it has become together.

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Also, I will have a new self-paced course on Neurodivergence-Affirming Spiritual Practices that I co-taught with Rainbow Winnike. We talk about ritual, cosmology, and relationships on your spiritual path as a neurodivergent person, how that can all be complicated, and also really validating of who you are and how you move in the world. So I’ll keep you updated on that. In the meantime, check out Rainbow and their work at rainbowchrysaliscoaching on Instagram. 

The Weekly Rune is out, and it’s a runecast that I’ve done for 11 years focused on Nigel Pennick’s calculation of a pan-cultural runic calendar. It’s focused on the current half-month rune, which I center in ecosystem with the elements, directions, seasons, and Spirits of Place. I invite you to do the same in the way you relate to those beings of your place-space and see how your rune work deepens.

There are many approaches to runic calendars. Check out Nordic Animism if you haven’t, and their work with the Nordic animist calendar, currently honoring the year of Aun with worldwide celebrations on holy days throughout the year. 

If you want to learn more about runic calendars, listen to the early episodes of What in the Wyrd, or just go read The Weekly Rune. The one that I work with is explained fully at the beginning of every runecast. The full version of TWR is available weekly only through Patreon, though you can read the highlights for free on my website – soul intent arts dot com. All runecasts are fully available two weeks after publication there. You can get notified when they come out by subscribing at soulintentarts.com

In this episode of verbing with the runes, we’re focusing on Wunjo. 

Wunjo – Woo, Woon, Woonyo, Wyn

If there’s one rune everyone wants to have in their runecast, it’s this one. The l rune of joy, of the fruits of labor revealed, particularly where there’s typically been disharmony, or where efforts are usually thwarted.  With Wunjo there’s a sense of accomplishment, of wishes, dreams, and desires having come true. It is a state out of the norm, and it’s from a place of unity. Elements, relationships, life forces, wyrd, orlog, came together colluding for this manifestation to occur. Wunjo is a true synergy of seen and unseen colliding in some wanted thing. It truly feels like the multiverse is on your side.

I usually see folx expressing Wunjo one of two ways. The first is sheer bliss, this state of fairytale whimsy draped in cottage core that sneaks up on us and brings sheer delight. When I see Wunjo presented as bliss, it’s this shazaam moment that’s completely out of our control. It’s all magik.

Another way I see Wunjo presented is as an earned reward, but it’s twisted up in work ethic, American Dream inflections, cloaked in Law of Attraction jargon. Yes, there’s some creating in manifestation. It takes some effort–sometimes a LOT of effort, depending on what you’re working on, who you are and how you’re in relationship with that potential, that outcome. The barriers can be real, so that part of Wunjo can feel a bit fraught.

All of that to say it’s not all about magik or elbow. I maintain that Wunjo falls somewhere amongst those, with an important piece that doesn’t get elevated in those extremes, and that is relationship, specifically the relationships that made that moment happen.

In Runic Book of Days,  I wrote about Wunjo, “If the moment is a cake glowing with candles, Wunjo is the wish made behind closed eyes. It is the split second during which every cell conspires in support of a deepest desire, and aligned elements usher that manifestation forward.” 

When I look at Wunjo as an animist, in the Elder Futhark progression from Gebo–bonding and relationship–Wunjo takes the Gebo experience of intimate overture to the next level, which is agency evolving from that relationship, or that relationship creating its own agency in the world. It’s the celebration of those Gebo bonds, manifest in the world as their own energy. Wunjo is what keeps us in Gebo, because those bonds do things in our lives. They become their own magik in the world. Wunjo is a moment of realizing that sweet things happen, somewhat of our own efforts, of the efforts of folx we engage, and of unseen benefactors we can’t necessarily know. 

That’s the bit from Runic Book of Days about aligned elements ushering the moment forward. Yes, we did work for that moment, and yes, something magickal happened that had nothing to do with anything we did. Those paths crossed, and it was good. So absolutely, we can celebrate the hard work and the pay off, but neither of those things is the moment of joy, itself. That’s a subtle difference, though distinct and important, and it’s what allows us to really hone in on the relationship part of it.

Given that, I would say that Wunjo has a lot to do with trust. Literally, this is me saying it, not anything that’s attested. Wunjo comes at the end of the first aett. It’s most definitely a high note to end on, and thank the godden for it, because the second aett is basically a hit-and-run of agency collision on repeat. It’s the plot twist part of the Elder Futhark. You’re first-aetting along, souling-in-form, and next thing you know you flatten and/or are flattened by someone else who’s first-aetting along, just doing their thing. With that sharp transition between aettir, it can be hard to remember the joy. It can be challenging to remember and truly feel that there are forces in the multiverse that see you–actual, wonderful you–and they don’t just want you to succeed, they are working to that end with you.  And that takes trust. It takes faith. And maybe, sort of, hope.

That’s the reason my go-to verb with Wunjo is to revel. It isn’t just joy, like this fleeting state you feel, but one that you roll around in it. You get it all over you. You express joy through you, so that it’s fully felt and becomes its own force in the world, with its own agency and plans. And when we can so fully filter joy through us, when we can revel in it, we are showing trust in the forces of Other who look after us.

It takes faith to really grok Wunjo, at felt, internalized levels, and no lie, it’s been a rune that’s harder for me to hold. There are forces that want your success. There are random good things that happen. There’s work to be done to make dreams come true. All of it is real, and when it manages to come together in a moment, what a moment it is! It’s truly an ecstatic moment. Can you enjoy it? Can you revel in it?

Yes, yes you can.

Thank you for listening. If you have questions or insights about working with the runes as verbs, or in season, or however you feel called to work with them, or if you just want to drop me a line you can do that at Kelley, that’s k e l l e y at soulintentarts.com.

Also check out earlier episodes by downloading them from all various podcast platforms. You can learn more about me, Runic Book of Days, and my work by visiting soulntintentarts.com. I’m most often on Instagram @kelleysoularts. You can also find notes on this episode on my website, under the menu option Learn… Liveable Runelore. The transcript of this episode can be found along with the episode description.

I’m Kelley and this has been What in the Wyrd. Thank you for all that you do in the world.

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Reveling with Wunjo Introspections

  • How comfortable are you with joy?
  • When you think of bliss, where do you feel it in your body?
  • What are your best memories of manifestation?
  • Who helped you achieve those memories?

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S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.

I’m an animist, author, deathwalker and death doula. For the last 25+ years, through Soul Intent Arts I’ve helped others to ethically build thriving spiritual paths as fit, embodied elders, who upon death become wise, capable Ancestors. My work is Nature-based, and focuses soul tending through the Elder Futhark runes, animism, ancestral healing, and deathwork. I’m author of Runic Book of Days, and I host the podcast, What in the Wyrd. I also write The Weekly Rune as a celebration of the Elder Futhark in season. Full bio.

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