Spellings: gebo, giba, gyfu, gipt
Translations: gift; hospitality; generosity; wedding
Gift is for every man a pride and praise,
help and worthiness; of every homeless adventurer,
it is estate and substance for those who have nothing else.
~Old English Rune Poem
The Book of Rune Secrets says:
KEY CONCEPTS: Gifting, giving, receiving, exchange, postive bonds, gratitude, reciprocity, balance, unspoken debt, inborn talents, sacrifice, sacred marriage
“… A gift demands a gift, they say, and so Gebo, though it literally means ‘gift’, is not all about giving… The act of giving is a subtle, unspoken art-form. To bring it into consciousness is to gain greatly…”
“… If you want to be given the gift of a sacred marriage, you have to be as perfect as the person you want to be with…”
“… Gebo also teaches us that we all have a mysterious gift, a part of ourselves that must be discovered, a talent that must be turned into a skill, before we can effectively take control of our destiny. To shirk this gift is to neglect the debt we have to Life for the life it has given us. It is a real debt, one whose weight we always feel within us…”
Alternate Rune Meanings for Divination & Alchemy:
Edred Thorsson says:
Gebo – Generosity, gift, magical exchange, honor, sacrifice, divine vision; or influence buying, greed, loneliness, dependence, over-sacrifice.
LORE: Rune of the gift — of exchange between two poles. The rune of the sacrifice of self to self and self to one’s fellows bringing honor to the self. Rune of hospitality and generosity.
Gebo: All matters of an exchanging nature; contracts; personal relationships.
MAGIC: “The art of giving and receiving, equilibrium, and the sacrifice of self to Self. The magical principle of Gebo is the balancing of all energies, in whatever form or manner. In magical workings it reconciles two opposed or complementary forces, such as male and female, which is known as ‘polarity magic.'”
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