Fehu – Rune Meaning

“Every beginning has within it the seeds of its own end.”

Fehu – “Fay-Who” – Literally: “Cattle” – Esoteric: Mobile Property, New Beginnings, Wealth

Key Concepts: Wealth, money, food, sustenance, Hamingja, luck, personal power, circulation of power,  financial strength, prosperity

Psi: Beginner’s Mind, presence, freedom, first impressions, young love

Energy: mobility, luck, charisma, dynamic power, liquid and mobile transferable energies, abundance, circulation, ‘mana’, sexual attraction

Mundane: money, recent purchases, reputation, freshness, fashionability

Divinations: New beginnings, social success, foresight, energy, travel, money, control; or greed, failure, atrophy, poverty, endings.


  • Delegating your energy to another, power transference or projection; the sending rune
  • Drawing gravity into the personal sphere
  • Promotion of personal and social evolution, changing circumstances of importance
  • Increase in personal monetary wealth
  • Beginner’s mind and presence as a tool for consciously creating a fresh start

My notes:
Fehu is actually the rune of ‘luck’. The universe is not so much made up by chance, as by luck. Luck is a hidden but real energy field inherent in your ‘hamingja’. Fehu governs the capacity to hold this luck and use it like a magical ability. This basic energy, your accumulated luck, is the foundation of the wealth and power in your life. Courageous deeds are central to increasing one’s ‘luck’.

Circulation of power, wealth and the mobility of all things is a key aspect to Fehu. These are associated with new beginnings, but keep in mind that there are no true new beginnings or endings, only the conscious marks of transformation. This can be most effectively understood while studying the runes as a cycle in and of itself (visually, a circle). The use of this principle leads to beginner’s mind and to presence as a tool for consciously creating a fresh start.

Indeed, money will work for you best under the guidance of the energies implicit in Fehu. Yet money is only a mundane and simplistic representation of Fehu’s nature. It’s best to think of wealth as food, water, shelter, clothing, sustenance and mobile assets, rather than needless luxury.

In starting new endeavors, Fehu will activate the will, restore self-confidence and assist in goal-setting followed by immediate action. Use the symbol and its teachings against procrastination. It is a reminder to think for yourself, which is fundamental to working with the runes. I find that the vibration of this rune to be in alignment with the principles of sexual attraction, first impressions and young love. Fehu is a reminder for us to act out of the present moment.

The conscious use of money for right ends is the domain of Fehu. In society today it is important that we explore new definitions of wealth and come to a realization of what is truly valuable. Wealth is a creative process in every sense of the word, not a static and measurable mass. I encourage the exploration of this idea right away.

Further reading:

Fehu Extended Rune Meaning by Mahryan

55 thoughts on “Fehu – Rune Meaning”

  1. While meditating on the meanings of Fehu, it occurred to me that one form of “mobile wealth” is the sum total of one’s skills and experiences. For example, if I were a plumber, my ability in plumbing would constitute an important “asset”. Wherever I am I would have those skills with me; thus I would have “mobile wealth’ in the sense that I could at any time (theoretically) use this skill-set to obtain money or, through barter, anything else I need. This idea extends to a remarkable number of “skills”, e.g., such as interactive “people” skills that provide us with influence, etc.

    Connection with family or community is also suggested by Fehu, although its meaning begins to merge with Othala. Certainly having such connections, especially with a large group of people, provides a kind of semi-mobile wealth that extends as far as the boundaries of your community. Here it blends with the “homeland” aspect of Othala.

    I have put this up because I have occasionally had trouble interpreting Fehu in context of divination, and this notion of and internalized “mobile wealth” helps me understand some of the readings I’ve made.

    I am interested to hear what others may think of this interpretation. Thanks,


  2. I have fairly recently encountered a well-grounded speculation that not only every mantic system, but every other approach such as dowsing, pendulum and virtually any other way or reading the information off the surrounding Reality is merely the way of projecting the direct reception of knowledge by our inner faculty of many names (subconscious, soul, spirit aka, aka, etc) so that our conscious part can perceive it and get it translated into more or less comprehensible language. To put it really bluntly we have to use some external props to bypass on the outside the inner barrier that prevents us from becoming whole integrated beings capable of dealing with Reality directly. However there are people (I know some) that managed to evolve past that dilemma and their perception is amazing (if not awe-inspiring to most). In one system this is called “maintaining resonance between subjective and objective realities”. One example: after a brisk glimpse at me from a distance of about 10 meters a person like that describes to me later on the phone the appearance of my actually crushed shin that could not possibly been spotted under my long trouser leg.

    1. This is all getting a little off the topic of ‘Fehu’.

      However, I’m shortly announcing that the Rune Secrets Study Community is open to all! Why not go over there and make an account, and start some conversations? :)



      1. Thank you very much for the link because the “community” section on the top of main page seems to lead somewhere other than where the link you’ve given does.

  3. “disregard as profane”

    You may be reading too much into my prose. I’m fully aware of the extremes certain groups have taken tarot, such as golden dawn. Was in an off shoot order for a while. There’s also an author who cooked up a magickal system using tarot exclusively (which I may still check out as I’m into this kinda quasi kabbalistic mind candy).
    I don’t like the contrived combo of astrological correspondence and Tree’s associations as they don’t fit in many instances, imo.
    As far as real divination – for personal matters – I don’t really bother with tarot or runes. I feel, at times, they can be akin to an unnecessary buffer between sought info and ego awareness. But if the sensitivity to magnetism is up then we’re doing good…
    The answers can be found directly through the local environs in any case. This was the way it really was surely. Then came the toys and props, or symbolic buffers…still a bit removed from nature and the flow of spirit.
    I’ve been more into feeling runes lately; employing or resonating with the (however perceived if not projected) energies. This has it’s uses in which I’ll waive sharing at this time.
    But ain’t it cool to be in the woods to fix on a rune to then pull that very stave in a draw… This has happened so many times now it’s old hat. There was one time I had a Sunday afternoon read about Thor’s Hammer…Later that night I did a little spread of seven cards (rune deck). To my delight I was able to rearrange the cards into a word; mjolnir. Actual word has two L’s but you get the picture.
    In the end I find that, no matter how blatant or impossible, nothing much comes of it…which shows it’s really nature and (it’s) flow of consciousness.

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