Original meaning: Cattle.
Material Gain. Wealth, prosperity, security. New career opportunities, overcoming opposition.
Feoh is the power of domesticated cattle. The ancient Northern Europeans likemany peoples used cattle as a form of money in bartering. This power was later transferred to raw gold and jewelry and finally to coins. Today it can be seen in checking accounts and cash.
Feoh symbolizes all that money does; power, wealth, position. It is as many writers havestated symbolic of mobile power. This power has a good and a bad side. As stated in the “Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem,” it must be given out freely. Otherwise its power can lead to the greed and envy which lie behind the warnings in the Icelandic Rune Poem, “Fee is strife amongst kinsmen…” Thus feh is a two edged sword bringing favor from greater powers for those that give it away, strife and warfare for those that do not. It is no different today. feh is therefore linked to Giefu, the rune of giving in its good qualities and to thorn in its bad. It is also related to Mann which is also a two edged sword. All of these runes have exceptionally good qualities and bad ones, the difference being how we use them.
Feoh, because it is linked to gold, also symbolizes fire. In the poetic imagery of the ancient Northern Europeans, gold and fire are symbolically linked, fire being bright like gold, and the earliest form of mobile energy. Fire in the mythology of the ancient Northern Europeans is seen both as creative and destructive. It is the fire that the blacksmith uses to beat out farming implements, and the fire that destroys forests. Even in its destructive aspects, fire brings forth new birth, as many plants on the American prairie have been found to need fire to germinate their seeds. It can also been seen as a person’s spiritual strength. The final line of the poem refers specifically to the casting of rune lots, and how in order to cast runes one must first win the favor of the dryhten or “lord.” In ancient times this would have been Woden whose title in Old Norse was Drottin, cognate to Old English dryhten.
In divination, feoh can mean that money is going to be received or it can be a warning against greed. Often it indicates one will be in a position to generate wealth. Usually, feoh carries its good and bad sides with it, where wealth is received some of it must be given away. In the ancient lore only dragons hoarded wealth. Good kings were called “ring givers” or “givers of gold.” In spellwork it can be used to generate wealth or mobile power.
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