Fehu – wealth – It’s truly amazing to see Fehu present as this week’s Rune, as the last time it visited was in August of 2012. Also, this is only the second time Fehu has been The Weekly Rune.
Fehu, the first stave of the Elder Futhark, is where it all begins. Some would argue otherwise, but that’s a discussion for another venue. Literally interpreted as “cattle,” this stave is generally regarded as meaning “wealth,” that which we must tend to keep assets bountiful and healthy. The ability to tend assets calls to mind foremost that there is something to tend; thus, it affirms the responsibility required to care for movable wealth.
If we reflect on the significance of cattle to Old Icelandic culture, it was to daily life as money is to ours. Cattle was the currency that made bonds, sustenance, shelter. It was the embodiment of energy exchange.
To consider it more deeply, cattle represented Audhumla, the primal cow, who was one of the first formed beings–a predecessor of humanity. What is significant to note about Audhumla, in a nutshell, is she brought herself into being, and she nurtured humanity into being. Abundance created itself, and in doing so, created beyond itself.
In that light, Fehu isn’t just about the ability to have and maintain currency, but the ability to re-invent ourselves as needed, by tapping into our innate access to Source. It is the primal power that we all hold, and either consciously or unconsciously shape.
That Fehu presents itself to us at this time means pay attention to the mundane plight, secure assets. Before we can venture far and beyond into spiritual platitudes, we must be well-grounded into our everyday needs, desires, and opportunities. When we take care of our house, so to speak, from that firm foundation we have a strong opportunity to fulfill our heart’s desires.
That is a kind of banking none of us can afford not to do. Use this week to weed out what doesn’t support wellbeing–of you or your assets–and let it go. Then set your sights on skills, habits, and relationships that support your growth.