Wealth – source of discord among kinsmen and fire of the sea and path of the serpent
Icelandic rune poem, Runic and Heroic Poems, Bruce Dickins
Traditional meaning – cattle
Association – wealth/assets that must be tended
Pronunciation – feh-hoo
Galdr – fee, feh, fay, feehoo, fehoo, fayhoo
Element – fire
Dates – 29 June–14 July
Verb – to tend
Animistic Qualities – interdependence, recognizing and tending the fire/sacredness (value) of All Things, expended effort/force
Challenge – To find spiritual wealth as a soul in form
Traditional lore – Fehu is the rune of tending our assets, which to our Old Norse ancestors would have been cattle. In modern association it is considered wealth, which can be literal financial assets, or anything that brings value to our lives. What’s relevant is that assets require our attention regularly to grow and stay healthy, as we require them.
Animistic lore – If we take the Elder Futhark as keys offering insight into how to human well, Fehu is the first indication of being soul-in-form. Given that, our greatest asset is soul-form connections, or relationships, and interdependence. Everything we do in life is to tend it. Likewise, as human souls in form realize that we have the most agency in Midgard. As such, we are the custodians of Earth. It’s our job to tend it. In order to tend it well, first we have to value it. And to value the Earth, we have to value being souls in form, and realize that we aren’t separate from Earth.
Fehu is tending our assets to the best of our agencyto create wealth for the relationships we most impact. The act of Fehu brings interdependence.
Tending with Fehu Introspections
- How does language define you correctly? Incorrectly?
- How do you demonstrate your value to yourself?
- With what life assets are you most entwined?
- How do you experience reciprocity in those relationships?
- How do you perceive the relationship between your agency and your wealth?
A Guide to Living the Annual Cycle of Rune Magick
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A step-by-step guide to working with the runes throughout the year through rituals and initiations to come into direct relationship with them.
S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
I’m an author, lifelong deathwalker and animist, and the founder of Soul Intent Arts in North Carolina. For almost 25 years I’ve taught others to ethically build thriving spiritual paths as fit, embodied elders, who upon death become wise, capable Ancestors. My work is Nature-based, and focuses soul tending through the Elder Futhark runes, animism, ancestral healing, and deathwork. I’m author of Runic Book of Days, and I host the podcast, What in the Wyrd. I also write The Weekly Rune as a celebration of the Elder Futhark in season. Full bio.
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