Fehu – first rune of the futhark

When I started on my pagan path, I had already looked into runes, because I felt more drawn to them than to tarot cards or other methods of divination. I made some cards with runes, to use to practice, but took them out of the dust about 3 months ago… And then I used them yesterday, to make the mandala for our best friend’s mother (sadly, she passed away this afternoon, but as I hoped, she didn’t have to suffer and drag on). It made me realize again the power of runes and I want to learn more about them. So I started a Dutch rune course online! After some background information about the use of runes and of course a mythology crash course, we started with the first rune: Fehu.

rune pendant : FEHU

rune pendant : FEHU (Photo credit: Linden Tea)

Fehu is used for the F-sound, to which letter it of course bears some resemblance;) It stands primarily for cattle or lifestock, which is ‘vee’ (pronounced ‘vay’) in Dutch. Yes, that sounds quite similar! In the past, cattle was a symbol of wealth. If you had cattle, you could provide meat and milk for yourself and your family, or you could trade for other things you might need. They provided your family with a certain amount of prestige as well, and new cattle born would only add to that. Having lifestock, however, also requires you to take good care of them! So yes, you are wealthy, but you have to work for it as well.

Correspondences are easy to guess from this. Fehu stands for money, wealth, fertility and prosperity, in addition to food and luxury. Turned around that would mean financial drawbacks, and it might also mean envy or jealousy, as others might not like you for what you have. The rune is one that is associated with Frey, the god of fertility.

One of the assignments with learning about fehu is about stating the wealth we already have. Relationships, possessions, talents etc. So I have a list of 100 items (yes, that was quite difficult) that I consider to be part of my wealth. I’ll share the 10 things that I’m most happy to have (in random order), and I count myself wealthy having them!

  1. My husband. whom I love very much
  2. My extended family, who are always there when I need them
  3. My BA (and hopefully soon MA) in Human Movement Sciences, which allows me to do the things I love
  4. My books, because I love reading and hope to collect many more books
  5. My korfball club, where I have spent many happy moments already
  6. My health: apart from hay fever, an occasional migraine and sport-related injuries, I’m healthy
  7. My happy memories of every day life with my mom and dad and little brother
  8. My lovely little brother, who really has grown and was amazing at our wedding
  9. My ideals: yes, I’m idealistic, even with the smallest things
  10. My dreams

In what way are you wealthy? Do you have relations you are very happy about, are your experiences what makes you prosper or do you have a wealth of knowledge?


2 Responses to “Fehu – first rune of the futhark”

  1. Julia Vazquez Says:

    I have been blessed with wonderful kids and a loving partner.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Uruz – second rune of the futhark | Journey of a Dutch Witch Says:

    […] which is also what many pagans use them for nowadays. We have already looked at the first rune, Fehu, and I’ll continue with the second rune: […]

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