I don’t put faith in or rely on mystical symbols or deities, but I am a strong believer in doing whatever you can that suits you to find comfort or to keep yourself going during difficult times (even every day if needed). The power of hope is horrendously strong. I love horoscopes, runes, zodiacs – anything with legends, lore or symbolism.
This is an Icelandic windchime I’ve had for 10 years. It’s followed me about and is my favourite one. I bought it while away on a school trip. I had been fascinated (well, obsessed) with the country since reading Jule’s Verne Journey to the Centre of the Earth when in primary school and was lucky enough to get my name pulled out a hat to go for a week.
The windchime is inscribed with the rune Wunjo. Wunjo is a rune from the Elder Futhark alphabet, the oldest runic alphabet, its use spanning the 2nd to 8th centuries. The little booklet that adorns the top describes its meaning as ‘positive energy’. I did some research on this and found other derivatives and meanings – joy, hope, harmony, perfection, to name a few. I want to believe that it does hold some kind of energy, its chimes spreading waves of joy throughout the room as the wind flows through them. Unfortunately, its not normally the wind that makes it chime – it’s getting hit by an incoming blind twice a day.
runesecrets.com has a lovely, more inferred description:
Wunjo is the inner urge for realization of your soul’s true will to achieve perfection of consciousness and the drive to this realization in this life-time.
It highlights how “correct application of the will” drives destiny or personal fate. I like this because while Wunjo apparently acts like a talisman and “wards off woe and sorrow so that the abundant gifts of the multiverse have no trouble bestowing themselves upon you” (perhaps to be taken with a pinch of salt…), it still insists that direct action is the proper way to ensure you actually manifest what you want in your life. In other words, hard work is the only way to go. I would rather believe this than rely on mystical power, but it is nice to have something that apparently generates some positivity!