Elder Futhark - Wunjo

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Magical workings:

1. Strengthens links and bonds.

2. Invocation of fellowship and harmony.

3. Banishes alienation.

4. Happiness and well-being.

5. Realization of the links and multiplicity of relationships of all things.

6. Binding runes toward specific purposes (see bind runes, etc.).

 

COMMENTARY

The W-rune is the root force of attraction that sympathetic beings (wights) have for one another, that is, wights descended from a common source. These beings are then bound together in an organic whole, which is exemplified in the world of men by the clan and tribe. In the ancient Germanic world, society was "ciano-centric," for a strong traditional clan was the best protection against invaders from without or totalitarianism from within. By giving the honor and integrity of the clan first consideration the individual was best able to maintain his freedom. Wunjo is the mystery of the harmonious existence of varied affiliated forces. In the clan this is the source of the highest human joy. When all members of the clan are harmoniously working together, while integrated into their environment in a syncretic manner, a true state of holiness exists. The power of the W-rune aids in the promotion of fellowship and goodwill between brothers and sisters, as such is a powerful force in the maintenance of societies and guilds. Wunjo is the energy that binds different fields of force together and is therefore an invaluable concept to rune magic. With this energy the vitki can bind several runes into a single harmonious force that can work toward a specific result.