Gebo – Rune of Meaningful Exchange
Gebo is the rune that helps us find balance in giving and receiving. It shows equal parts acceptance, trust and care. There are no reversals for this rune but depending on other runes present, it can highlight inequality and situation where one person is a giver and another a taker. Spiritually, it is a rune of trusting that all our needs are met.
Stripped back meaning based on the actual word and shape
Gebo (aka gifu) means gift or present. Hence it is also a reminder to be fully present in the moment, trusting that all is as it should.
Gift-giving was a big deal in Norse culture. A gift meant that you were obliged to reciprocate. This quote from the Havamal (Odin’s wisdom) illustrates the concept:
A man should be loyal through life to friends, and return gift for gift, laugh when they laugh, but with lies repay a false foe who lies.
In relationship readings, Gebo is a welcome rune as it usually indicates reciprocity and joy in coming together.
The shape of this rune is harmonious and shows both lines leaning in on each other equally, signifying healthy interdependence and an even flow of give and take.
The X-shape is also an ‘X marks the spot’ and in this case, we are talking about the sweet spot where everybody is happy with how things are because everybody is having their needs met.
- Polarity: Gender neutral
- Zodiac correspondences: Libra, Venus, Aquarius
- Tarot card correspondences: 6 of Pentacles, Justice, The Lovers, 2 of Cups, 3 of Cups, The Star
- Archangel correspondences: Archangel Uriel, Archangel Michael and Archangel Raguel
- Chakra correspondences: Heart Chakra
- Health: Homeostasis
General: giving and receiving, a meaningful exchange, reciprocity, harmony, being fully present and trusting all is well
Love & relationships: a reciprocal love relationship, issues around giving and receiving (depending on surrounding runes)
Health/wellbeing: establishing a good self-care routine to make sure that we are charged up before we start giving to others
Business: excellent proposals and partnerships where everyone is contributing with their very post, depending on surrounding runes someone could be ‘on the take’
Holistic Healing Tips for Gebo
Colour therapy for the Gebo rune would be green for homeostasis and pink for self-love if you are someone who tends to overgive.
Gebo can be used as a gratitude chant (GAY-boe or YEE-boe) to help us feel more trusting and grateful for our present circumstances.
Sitting meditation for when you are feeling drained: draw the rune across your heart and breathe in golden sparkles through the heart chakra until you have recharged fully
Wear a Gebo necklace as a reminder to not engage with takers and to establish harmony in all your relationships. It’s an equally great reminder for someone who tends to be more of a taker but they probably won’t be reading this 😀
Use with Kenaz and Wunjo to draw the Right One to you in love spells.
Draw the Gebo rune on your palms first thing in the morning to remind yourself to give from the heart and to touch everything with trust and gratitude.
- I attract harmonious and reciprocal relationships.
- I am excellent at self-care and charging back up.
- I have meaningful exchanges in all my interactions.
- My love life is harmonious.
- I support others and find support in return.
- I trust in the goodness of the Universe.
- I am at peace in the constant flow of divine exchange between the forces of the divine feminine and the divine masculine.
To strengthen the effect of the affirmation, you can draw the Gebo rune over a glass of water. Say the affirmation out loud while holding the glass. Then drink it while focusing on harmonious and meaningful exchange in all your interactions.
Dear Mother-Father God, Thank you that it is perfectly alright to trust that all is well here and now. Please help me attract even more harmonious relationships and circumstances into my life. Thank you that the divine exchange taking place in the Cosmos is reflected in my own being in harmonious ways. Amen and so it is!