The colour most commonly associated with Fehu is light red. This is the traditional colour for the runes and so appropriate for the first rune in the Futhark. Red was almost universally the first colour named across human cultures; it is also the colour most easy to create with natural dyes. Fehu represents life force itself and for all these reasons it is strongly associated with blood. It also has very strong associations with other life-giving forces;for me it represents the wealth of the land and I find green and gold are the colours that are most helpful when working with this rune.
I consider Fehu to be one of the solar runes. The ultimate source of life is, after all, the Sun. The process of photosynthesis is to me, undoubtedly, one of the mysteries of Fehu.
Whilst gold is well-known for its Fehu energy, amber is a lesser known correspondence but I think it is equally as powerful. This beautiful gem was treasured by the people’s of the north and is, of course, the very embodiment of the life force of trees. Amber is a resin rather than a mineral and it has a special magical property: when you rub it, it builds an electric charge. I would highly recommend the use of amber charged with Fehu energy to anyone interested in healing work. It works wonderfully as a pendulum identifying blockages in energy and can also be used to build energy and boost natural healing processes.
One of the under-sung heroes of the Fehu rune is Audhumla, the primordial cow. Born at the very beginning of creation she embodies the nurturing force that all life requires if it is to survive and thrive. Her giving is indiscriminate, she simply gives because that is her nature. The other rune of wealth, Othala, exists at the very end of the rune row. Its wealth relates to heritage, connection with homeland and wealth accrued over time by a group. It comes as a result of relationship, reward, exchange, structure and, in fact, the whole gamut of lessons the rest of the runes have taught us. Fehu is instinctive: a mother nurtures a child, the sun gives life, blood gives life.
When channelling the energy of Fehu remember the principle of flow and giving. Any form of avarice will corrupt its energy. An example here is the Fehu coin charging technique I teach. This is to attract wealth but the way it is done is by charging a coin with Fehu energy and then spending it/ donating it so you are contributing to the circulation of wealth. It may seem counter-intuitive but this act places you within the energy ‘circuit’ of Fehu. Equally, if you raise Fehu energy in your body to increase life force and hamingja, make sure you give some of it back to the earth, a plant or another being in need of nurturing. Cats, by the way, adore Fehu energy.
Literal meanings: Cattle, wealth, gold
Rich meanings: Luck, disposable wealth, movement, magical power, circulation of blood, photosynthesis, redistribution, dynamism, enthusiasm, prosperity, strife, quarrels (the later two arising from jealousy and avarice).
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Love this book. Look out for the Volsunga saga which includes the tale of Fafnir – a great cautionary tale of the perils of Fehu.
Norse origins tales including the lovely Audhumla. Also keep your eye out for Gullveig who some authorities equate with Freyja. There’s a deep mystery associated with her which definitely has a Fehu resonance – well worth exploring.
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