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Fehu - Elder Futhark Rune Meanings

Fehu is the first rune of the Elder Futhark rune alphabet and the first rune in the Frey's aett. There are three aettir (rune rows), with eight runes in each row. Frey's aett deals with the fundamentals of society and what you must know to manage life in physical reality before you can progress to higher spiritual learning.

Fehu is the rune of moveable wealth. In the old Norse society, moveable wealth equated to cattle which is the literal meaning of the word 'fehu.' In Swedish, we still have the word 'fä' meaning farm animals.

Fehu can also be associated with Auðhumbla the primordial cow and sustainer of life. It was she who fed Ymir, the frost giant who rose up from Ginnugagap and from whose body the world was created. Ginnungagap is the eternal void to which all of life returns before a new cycle of creation begins.

Fehu corresponds with The Magician, The Empress, The Sun, Ace of Pentacles and 6 of Pentacles in the Tarot. It's one of the main runes of the Vanir (Njord, Nerthus, Yngvi-Frey/Fröj and Freya/Freja).

Chanting Fehu

Fehu Divinatory Meanings

General: generosity, abundance, luck, investment, yield, fertility – reversed/merkstave: miserliness, inability to receive, overgiving, poverty

Fortunate new beginnings are indicated if the Fehu rune comes out as the answer to a question about a new business venture. It is also a good sign of mutual physical attraction. Bear in mind that where wealth is concerned, Fehu is not the kind of wealth that leads to a rich inheritance for future generations since that kind of wealth is signified by the Othala rune. To capitalise on the energy of Fehu, it needs to be put into circulation.

Fehu Magick

For healing, use Fehu for any issues around fertility (with Berkano), as well as to balance general vitality levels by raising the Earth and Fire Elements. It is a rune that can help us enjoy the sensual pleasures of our Earth experience more.

The colours green, red and gold are all associated with this rune. It is no coincidence that these are the colours of Yule and the celebration of the return of the Sun. Frey/Fröj and Freya/Freja (meaning Lord and Lady) are considered solar deities as well as fertility deities.

Use Fehu in a bindstave for success in a new business venture together with Sowilo, Mannaz and Othala.

Use Fehu in bindstave for happiness in love with Gebo, Ehwaz and Wunjo.

Use Fehu in a bindstave for good health with Uruz, Ansuz and Sowilo.

Chant the Fehu rune while drumming if you are experiencing creative blocks.

Check out this Fehu rune Tarot spread to understand the Fehu rune more deeply.

Blessed be!


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