Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Flags, Flax, Fodder and Frigg
The F rune, fehu, is a mark of prosperity and good fortune. It, in and of itself, is a blessing. When tripled or quadrupled its energies are increased exponentially. FFFF is, quite literally, a spell.
FFFF stands for "Flags, Flax, Fodder and Frigg", as Cochrane makes clear in his third letter to Joe Wilson.
"Flags are a form of rush, a plant that grows in European waters - so the answer is Flags, water, Flax, being the weavers plant and blue, thus representing the Goddess of Birth and Death (Fate) being the principle of Air, and Fodder - which means grass, the Earth. The ancients swore an inviolable oath by grass roots - the answer will come to you if you think on it."
Cochrane's interpretation is element-based (or three-realm based: air, earth & water) and omits the final F.
I was taught a different interpretation of the benediction, which includes the final F. In this system Flags, Flax, Fodder and Frigg breaks down to:
Flags = the flagstone, the home, the hearth and the hearthfire
Flax = clothing, the material of weaving, the benediction of the weaver's power
Fodder = food for animals and people
Frigg = the Goddess Frigg, also slang for copulation
So, Flags, Flax, Fodder and Frigg can be translated as "Blessings of the hearth, the weavers, abundant food, and love/sex/fertility". These were also once popularly given as gifts to families entering a new home. (Gifts of fire, hand woven cloth, food -- usually something baked -- and love or friendly devotion).
I wish you abundant blessings!