Learn the Viking Runes: Fehu

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Fehu’s first meaning is cattle, and cattle meant wealth to the Vikings. Today, Fehu is strongly associated with wealth, prosperity and stewardship. Those aspects of our life that enrich us the most require diligent care and protection. 

Fehu also represents the vital life force that nurtures us all. The same energy that causes plants to grow, animals to flourish, and the world to continually progress through the seasons resides within us as well. This is the most vital form of wealth: the ability to live a full and healthy life.

Understanding Fehu: A Look at the Rune Poems

Much of what we know about the Viking Runes comes from the Rune Poems. Rune Poems were unique in that verses were written to define specific letters of the runic alphabet. Much in the way we have children’s books that say A is for Apple, the Rune Poems tell us some ways early people interpreted the runes.

Fehu in the Old Norwegian Rune Poem


Wealth is a source of discord amongst kin;

the wolf lives in the forest.


Fehu in the Old Icelandic Rune Poem


Wealth is a source of discord amongst kin

and fire of the sea

and path of the serpent.


Fehu in the Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem


Wealth is a comfort to all;

yet must everyone bestow it freely,

if they wish to gain honour in the sight of the Lord.


What Does It Mean When Fehu Appears in a Rune Reading?


Fehu is strongly associated with wealth and specifically gold. When Fehu appears in a rune reading, it may be a sign that your financial situation may soon improve. Additionally, Fehu teaches us that to be wealthy, you must be willing to share your wealth. Generosity is a way to care for the people in your family and community, and this was highly prized by the Vikings.

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