Wunjo has been directly interpreted as “Joy,” and also means satisfaction, success, delight, deep lasting affection, and having all things necessary and really satisfying to one’s existence. The old Rune poem speaks of Joy in the company of the kinsmen sitting together in the hall. Wunjo can mean satisfaction in work or a job well done. All of one’s needs are met. There is the sense and feeling of connectedness, wholeness, or completeness in this Rune at the end of the first Rune Row.
This Rune in reversal indicates disappointment, dissatisfaction, failure, troubles, opposition, or obstacles to be overcome. This Rune is a reminder that although opportunity exists for great joy in life, so too does its opposite of suffering. The juxtaposition of joy and suffering, like pleasant and unpleasant, light and dark are constant reminders of the paradox inherent within the universe.
The first Rune row represents the process of Creation, of things coming into being. From Fehu, the Rune that empowers things to come into being, the Row moves to Uruz, the powers of animal nature and the cow nourishing the first man-like being Ymir. From Ymir, the prototype of humanity, Thurisaz, first the giants, or primal forces of Nature arise, followed by the gods, Ansuz, or beings of higher mind and consciousness. With the event of conscious being in the Cosmos, the great beings (stars, suns, planets, moons) find their balance in the Cosmos through electromagnetism and the power of gravity, establishing their position, the right rhythm and right relationship of Raidho. Within this positioning, all things have their place. Humanity arises on Midgarth, connoting conscious mind, knowledge, artistry, and the craft of Kenaz. Within Great Nature, all things exist in reciprocal relationships, the providence of Gifu, and the satisfaction of having everything necessary for existence, Wunjo.