Interpreting the Runes ~ Fehu

I am going to do my best to explain with as much detail as possible, the meaning of each of the Runes over a series of upcoming blogs.  The interpretations I am sharing are not meant to be definitive in any way. Please consider the information as guidelines.

Fehu ~ Feoh ~ Possessions ~ Nourishment ~ Cattle

Fehu ~ Feoh ~ Possessions ~ Nourishment ~ Cattle

The first letter of the Germanic alphabet and is concerned with worldly wealth and possessions.  In ancient times, the main measure of one’s worth was determined by the number of livestock one owned.  Livestock was far more important in ancient times, as the Germanic peoples were nomadic.

Fehu is a Rune of fulfillment: ambition satisfied, love shared, rewards received.  It promises nourishment from the most worldly to the sacred and the Divine.  For if the ancient principle “As above so below” holds true, then we are also here to nourish God.

This Rune calls for a deep probing of the meaning of profit and gain in life.  Look with care to know whether it is wealth and possessions you require for your well-being, or rather self-rule and the growth of a will.

Another concern of Fehu is to conserve what has already been gained.  This Rune urges vigilance and continual mindfulness, especially in times of good fortune, for it is then that one will likely collapse oneself into success on the one hand, or behave recklessly on the other.  Enjoy good fortune and remember to share it, for the mark of the well-nourished self is the ability and willingness to nourish others.

Reversed: There may be considerable frustration in your life if you draw Fehu Reversed, a wide range of dispossessions ranging from trivial to severe.  You fall short in your efforts, you reach out and miss; you are compelled to stand by and watch helplessly while what you’ve gained dwindles away.  Observe what is happening.  Examine these events from an open perspective and ask, “What do I need to learn from this in my life?”

Even if there is occasion for joy, do not be seduced into mindless joyousness.  Reversed, the Rune indicates that doubtful situations are abundant and come in many forms and guises.  Here you are being put in touch with the shadow side of possessions.  Yet all this is part of coming to e and passing away, and not that which abides.  In dealing with the shadow side of Fehu, you have an opportunity to recognize where your true nourishment lies.


About Mark Schmitz

Living in Phoenix, AZ since 1995, originally from Brown Deer, Wisconsin. I'm a Gemini born on May 26, 1961. Single, GWM who is HIV and healthy. Spiritually diverse, I'm just trying to stay on the right path to learn all that I came here to learn. That's what my blogs are about - and total honesty.

Posted on August 6, 2010, in Decision Making, New Age, Personal Growth, Spirituality, Viking Runes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. A reader and fan

    In Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, she writes:

    “When we engage in a creativity recovery, we enter into a withdrawal process from life as we know it. Withdrawal is another way of saying detachment or nonattachment, which is emblematic of consistent work with any meditation practice.
    In movie terms [Julia Cameron is filmmaker], we slowly pull focus, lifting up and away from being embedded in our lives until we attain an overview. This overview empowers us to make valid creative choices. Think of it as a journey with difficult, varied, and fascinating terrain. You are moving to higher ground. The fruit of your withdrawal is what you need to understand as a positive process, both painful and exhilarating.

    Many of us find that we have squandered our own creative energies investing disproportionately in the lives, hopes, dreams, and plans of others. Their lives have obscured and detoured our own. As we consolidate a core through our withdrawal process, we become more able to articulate our own boundaries, dreams, and authentic goals. Our personal flexibility increases while our malleability to the whims of others decreases. We experience a heightened sense of autonomy and possibility.

    Ordinarily, when we speak of withdrawal, we think of having a substance removed from us. We give up alcohol, drugs, sugar, fats, caffeine, nicotine — and we suffer a withdrawal. It’s useful to view creative withdrawal a little differently. We ourselves are the substance we withdraw to, not from, as we pull our overextended and misplaced creative energy back into our own core.”

    In the week or so ahead, I encourage you to experiment with alternatives to packaged media, and make your own creative play-dates and projects:

    “Spending time in solitude with your artist child is essential to self-nurturing. A long country walk, a solitary expedition to the beach for a sunrise or sunset, a sortie out to a strange church to hear gospel music, to an ethic neighborhood to taste foreign sights and sounds – your artist might enjoy any of these. Or your artist might like bowling.” – Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

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