Fehu – Rune of Abundance
The Norse word ‘fehu’ is ‘fä’ in modern Swedish and simply means ‘cattle.’ Back in viking times, cattle was wealth and considered moveable wealth as opposed to the wealth of Othila which is more connected with home and property.
All sorts of magical and esoteric meanings have been superimposed on this basic meaning of the Fehu rune. Two of the more commonly universally acknowledged ones in rune lore are those of ‘luck’ and ‘reputation.’ Perhaps because this is the first rune of the 24, it is also said to mean ‘new beginnings.’
Stripped back meaning based on the actual word and shape
You can try taking the stance of Fehu for yourself to feel the rune’s energy in the body. Simply stand up straight (preferably barefoot outdoors) and place your arms like the two ‘pegs’ sticking out from the straight line. You can try holding your palms up (to receive) and then turn them down (to bless) and see which stance feel most natural. I believe both come into play since Fehu is about circulating the life force in the form of physical abundance.
- Polarity: Feminine
- Zodiac correspondences: Venus, Taurus, Libra
- Tarot card correspondences: The Empress, Justice, 6 of Pentacles, Ace of Pentacles
- Archangel correspondences: Archangel Anael (Venus)
- Chakra correspondences: First, second and fourth
- Health: Neck, throat, ears, lower back, kidneys, cervix, urinary tract, digestion
General: generosity, abundance, luck – reversed: miserliness, inability to receive, overgiving
Love & relationships: strong sexual attraction, relationship based on common material goals – reversed: lack of physical attraction
Health/wellbeing: good health, high energy – reversed: feeling drained, low energy
Business: new opportunities, good investments – reversed: funds are being drained, low yield
Holistic Healing Tips for Fehu
When Fehu shows up (especially if reversed), it could be a sign that you need to connect more deeply with nature and Her rhythms and cycles. Your energy has become drained and stagnant because there is no natural flow between giving and receiving. Give and forgive. Let go (donate to charity) and make room to receive.
Plant a new plant or sow it from seed and do it with the intent to cultivate some new talent or venture.
Ground your energy by walking barefoot.
Seek out calm, chew slowly and mindfully… Be more trusting and ‘bovine’ in general.
Place the Fehu rune on the chakra you feel is in the need of it and/or visualise drawing the energy of the upright rune into that chakra. You can chant the rune name (fay-who) at the same time if you feel that helps.
- I flow with the natural rhythms and cycles of Mother Nature.
- I give with a joyful heart and receive with open arms what is for the Highest Good.
- All my needs are met.
- I connect with the world around me through caring for others.
- I am loving, lovable, loved and cared for.
- My health and vitality levels increase day by day.
- I am infinitely abundant
To strengthen the effect of the affirmation, you can draw the Fehu rune over a glass of water. Say the affirmation out loud while holding the glass. Then drink it mindfully to flush out any residual blocks to what you wish to manifest.
Dear Mother-Father God, Thank you for the abundance you have blessed me with, my body, my talents and and all the basic needs to survive. Help me to be truly grateful and to always remember those less fortunate, with whom I am one, so that your gifts may be freely shared and we may all thrive. Thy will be done. Amen
Lisa Frideborg – Frideborg means ‘Fortress of Peace’. I was named after the first Viking female to convert to Christianity