Gebo Rune {Meaning and Divination Reading} (2022)

If you are starting out with Elder Futhark divination readings, you’re probably still getting to grips with their meanings. So if you’ve drawn the Gebo rune, you’re curious about what it means.

The Gebo rune is associated with partnership and exchange. It is the seventh symbol of the Elder Futhark alphabet. The Gebo sign is ruled under Freya’s aett. The Gebo symbol is also related to generosity and living in harmony.

That’s a brief idea of the Gebo symbol, but if you want to know more, keep reading. This guide will tell you everything you want to know about this rune symbol. You’ll also learn how to use it with divination and energy work.

Let’s get started.

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What is the Gebo Rune?

Gebo is the seventh symbol of the 24 Elder Futhark Runes. You pronounce it as gay-bow.

The whole elder futhark alphabet is split into three lots of eight. A Norse deity rules over each set as an aettir (family).

Gebo is the seventh symbol of the first (Freya’s) Aett. Freya was the Norse goddess of love, fertility, beauty, gold, and death.

Freya’s aett represents runes that encourage change and creation. These runes help to keep us on the right path when moving through everyday life.

For growth, we need to hone our interpersonal skills. The ability to interact with others infiltrates every area of our lives and impacts our potential.

In addition to Gebo, the other symbols in this Aettir include the:

  • Fehu rune
  • Uruz rune
  • Thurisaz rune
  • Ansuz rune
  • Raidho rune
  • Kenaz rune
  • Wunjo rune

What is the Meaning of the Gebo Rune?

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In a general rune reading, Gebo represents giving and receiving between two people. The translation means ‘gift.’ This is symbolic of the exchange of physical or emotional energy that builds connections.

Gebo is a rune of interactions. It encourages you to reflect upon what is being put into and taken from a relationship, even with yourself.

In the modern day, we see a representation of Gebo with the x (kiss) symbol at the end of messages. Non-Christians can often refer to x-mas when we celebrate with the exchange of gifts, food, and company.

Gebo is excellent for building connections in all areas of your life. The aim is to create harmony and balance between both parties to keep everyone happy.

Gebo Keywords:

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  • Gift
  • Generosity
  • Partnership
  • Exchange
  • Interaction

How to read the Gebo Rune

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Rune divination starts with you having a question or intention in mind. Drawing the Gebo rune can bring answers to that which you seek guidance.

We’ve already discussed the general meaning of the Gebo rune. Yet, you may find this doesn’t really relate to your intention or question.

Gebo is not a chief rune for some intentions. On its own, it doesn’t always give the depth of answer you need.

When you’ve drawn a Gebo rune, it’s always better you get context from other runes. Often the order you read them will give you more details about the message of the Gebo.

On that note, the meanings in this guide are not set in stone. As a beginner, they may help you decipher the message’s meaning in your rune reading.

Use your own judgment and intuition to guide you through.

Can Gebo be reversed?

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Gebo is not a rune that can be reversed. That’s because the symbol looks the same in both upright and reversed positions therefore, it’s impossible to know which one is intended.

Although the Gebo rune doesn’t have a typical reverse (merkstave) position, it can ‘lie in opposition.’

Some rune casters will assign opposite or negative meaning to Gebo in a sideways position.

Negativity may also be evident from other runes that have been cast.

A negative Gebo reading can signal that you must be mindful of reciprocity. Consider if your interactions are mutually beneficial to both parties. Don’t take advantage of others, and don’t let them take advantage of you.

Negative Gebo relates to an imbalance somewhere along the line. Usually, other runes will help to give you further detail into what area of your life to focus on.

You may choose not to consider Gebo lying in opposition as a meaning. But, you could be missing an important message from the Divine.

Gebo For Love

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The Gebo rune is an intense love rune. It symbolizes sexuality and the giving and receiving of emotions between two lovers. It can signal a harmonious relationship or a firm commitment between two people. It’s a rune that can exchange of rings in a marriage or vow renewal.

The Gebo represents the hard work both of you are putting into the relationship to make it work. It relates to the sacrifices and compromises that you need to maintain balance. Both partners are meeting each other’s needs

Lying in Opposition

The negative reading of Gebo in love signals an imbalance in a relationship. One side is physically or emotionally sacrificing much more than the other.

Gebo in opposition, can also relate to loneliness or a toxic co-dependency worth another. It can also indicate that you are incompatible with your partner due to your inability or unwillingness to create harmony.

Gebo for Family and Friends

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When Gebo is drawn for family and friends matters, it indicates a strong support network. There is mutual sharing of emotions and help in times of need. Gebo encourages you to share your emotions and time with friends and family to maintain strong bonds.

Gebo is related to large gatherings and celebrations with family and friends present. Eat, drink, and be merry with those you love and care for.

Lying in Opposition

The negative reading of Gebo for this intention signals these relationships may be detrimental. Are you giving too much of yourself, or are you being too demanding of others?

Remember that Gebo represents what you give to others, not just expecting them to carry the weight all the time.

Consider if one party is not making an effort and communication is one-sided. If you feel disrespected or a backup choice, it’s time to discuss if you need to part ways. Ending things amicably because you’re gone in different directions is better than falling out and having no closure.

Gebo for Health and wellbeing

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Gebo drawn for health is firmly related to good self-care skills. You can’t pour from an empty cup. So don’t expect to give to others if you don’t care for yourself first. Prioritize looking after yourself physically and mentally before you commit too much to others.

Gebo represents contentment and peace in your life. So if you feel that way, keep doing what makes you feel truly in balance.

Lying in Opposition

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The negative reading of Gebo for health can signal that exchange with another has drained you of all your energy. Someone may be expecting too much from you right now, and it’s impacting your physical and emotional health.

You are also likely to be neglecting your self-care. You’re probably experiencing symptoms that your body systems are out of sync. This includes headache, muscle pains, poor sleep, and low mood. It’s time to show your body you appreciate all it does for you.

Gebo For Money and finances

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In matters of money, Gebo can represent strong financial partners. Exchanges are likely mutually beneficial, and each party is satisfied with its financial reward. You may also experience generosity by giving or receiving money.

Gebo can also signal that you will have a good experience with a service. They may even exceed your expectations, creating a loyal and trusting connection.

Lying in Opposition

A negative reading of Gebo can relate to someone who has been stealing money or attempting to bribe you. It can also relate to an exchange of money with expected repayment. You may be owed money or are in debt yourself.

Gebo can also represent an imbalance in relationships with someone due to money. This may be due to coming into wealth or significant financial losses. You may find out who you can trust in these situations.

Gebo for Career

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When Gebo is drawn in career intentions, it signals that you have secured a role in an area you are incredibly talented. That means your skills benefit others while also helping you achieve career satisfaction.

Gebo can also represent that your company, colleagues, and contract are perfect. You feel satisfied and productive in your career.

Lying in Opposition

A negative Gebo reading in a career intention indicates that your current employer expects too much of you. This is likely when they ask more from your role without increasing pay or removing benefits.

You may also be considered a workaholic and put your career before more meaningful relationships in your life. Gebo reminds you to take a step back and evaluate if you are giving too much to your career.

Gebo for Personal development

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Gebo is an excellent rune for exploring your social skills. It’s an opportunity to learn more about people and how they may respond to you. Learning how to deal with imbalances such as rejection, abuse, or unrequited love is necessary.

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Gebo encourages you to try out new passions or continue developing one that brings you joy. You will also benefit from involvement with charity or volunteering work.

Lying in Opposition

A negative Gebo reading can indicate that you are unwilling to sacrifice your comfort zone to discover more about yourself. You are happy to stay with what you know even if it means you won’t progress in life.

It can also indicate that you need to work on behaviors that are impacting others. You may not be showing compassion or forgiveness to someone who looks up to you.

Gebo for Spirituality

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Drawing a Gebo rune indicates giving and receiving between higher realms. You receive wisdom from the divine and repay it by returning positive energy through using your natural gifts and talents.

Gebo is excellent to use with shamanic journeying and traversing worlds. It encourages balance in making sure all your needs are met.

Lying in Opposition

A reversed Gebo warns that neglecting spiritual practices won’t benefit you in the long run. The higher powers will give you the guidance you need if you do the work in times of hardship.

Gebo is a rune of Karma. You can only get back what you are putting in. Consider how you’ve been treating others and if you have bad karma coming your way.

Magical uses

  • Love Magic
  • Union with deities
  • Increasing relationship harmony
  • Accessing divine wisdom
  • Promoting balance

Gebo Rune Associations

The Gebo rune connects with many other universal energies. These may suggest ways to incorporate the Gebo energy into your divination work.

Gebo has been associated with the following

AnimalsRaven, wolf, Oxen
ArchangelChamuel
BodyLungs
ChakraHeart
ColourDeep blue
CrystalsSapphire
ElementAir
God/GoddessesGefn
Half monthSeptember 28th – October 13th
HerbHeartease
Hour18.30-19.30
LetterG
IncensePatchouli
MythologyVölsunga Saga
Number7
Ruling planetVenus
TarotLovers
TreeAsh, Elm
ZodiacPisces

Anglo-Saxon Gebo Rune Poem

Generosity brings credit and honor, which support one’s dignity;

it furnishes help and subsistence

to all broken men who are devoid of aught else.

Gebo Galdr (Runic Chant)

Gebo gebo geboGu ga gi ge goGub gab gib geb gobOg eg ig ag ugG a a a a a a f f f f f f

Gebo Rune Other Names

  • Old Germanic name: Geuua
  • Old Norwegian name: Gipt, Giof
  • Anglo-Saxon name: Geofu, Gifu (Gyfu)
  • Old Celtic name: Giof
  • Old Icelandic name: Gjof

Final thoughts

Gebo is a rune of partnership between people. It encourages us to build bonds with others and to give back to society. Your interpersonal skills are shaped by learning to manage the good and bad that come with an exchange. It also relates to using your talents and abilities to make your mark in the world.

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Gebo promotes love and balance between people. Teaching you about healthy sacrifice and compromise to co-exist happily.

In opposition, it alerts you to be aware of what you give and take from others. Unhappiness is created when one side takes or expects too much from the other.

Use the Gebo rune to harness these energies into your life and divination work.

FAQs

What does the rune Gebo mean? ›

Gebo embodies two important concepts: reward for effort and altruistic giving with no expectation of reward. Its shape can still be found in the kisses (xxx) put at the bottom of a card or letter to a loved one; its symbol says 'we are bonded by love, I bond us by love'.

What does Gebo stand for? ›

Gebo's Meaning

Gebo is the rune of generosity and giving. Our ancestors often gave gifts in exchange for partnerships, so Gebo is also the rune of beneficial partnerships. Gebo represents a gift for a gift–whether the gifts are aid, work, or an actual gift.

How do you read runes? ›

To read runes based on a 3-stone draw, interpret the rune all the way on the right as representing your current situation. Then, look to the rune in the center as a representation of your challenge. After that, read the rune on the left as being an action you can take to address your challenge.

What are runes used for? ›

Runes were used to contact the dead, for protection, good luck and safety. They were used for divination and as a means of contacting other planes of existence. Runes can be carved into wood, bone, shells, paper and stone. They can also be engraved onto metals such as silver and gold and worn as jewellery.

What does Gebo mean in Norse? ›

A symbol of partnership, Gebo symbolizes partnership and a balance between giving and receiving. Gebo predicts good fortune and discovers a gift that can come in many ways, whether material or emotional.

How do you pronounce Gebo rune? ›

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How do you pronounce Gebo? ›

  1. Phonetic spelling of Gebo. gebo. g-AI-b-oh.
  2. Meanings for Gebo. It is a surname that is of Italian origin.
  3. Examples of in a sentence. Firearms stolen from Littlefield Gebo's, police searching for suspects. ...
  4. Translations of Gebo. Chinese : 格博

What is the rune for gift? ›

Gyfu
NameProto-GermanicOld English
'gift''gift'
ShapeElder FutharkFuthorc
Unicodeᚷ U+16B7ᚷ U+16B7
Transliterationgȝ
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How many runes are there? ›

The earliest known sequential listing of the full set of 24 runes dates to approximately AD 400 and is found on the Kylver Stone in Gotland, Sweden. "aurochs" (or *ûram "water/slag"?)

What language are runes written in? ›

rune, Any of the characters within an early Germanic writing system. The runic alphabet, also called futhark, is attested in northern Europe, Britain, Scandinavia, and Iceland from about the 3rd century to the 16th or 17th century ad. The Goths may have developed it from the Etruscan alphabet of northern Italy.

Can runes be translated? ›

Runic transliteration and transcription are part of analysing a runic inscription which involves transliteration of the runes into Latin letters, transcription into a normalized spelling in the language of the inscription, and translation of the inscription into a modern language.

How are runes written? ›

The Runic alphabet may have been based on an early version of the Greek alphabet. A number of letters resemble those used in early Greek alphabet. Alternatively it may have developed from one of the ancient alphabets used in Italy for Etruscan or other languages.

Are runes read left to right? ›

The runes could be written from left to right or right to left. They also could be written with the first sentence proceeding right to left and the second sentence proceeding left to right (boustphedon).

Do runes have meanings? ›

As well as being a literal alphabet used during the Viking ages, runes were (and still are by some) believed to hold power, symbolize inherent qualities and values and be associated with magic, as well as having meanings in more modern divination and oracle reading practices too.

What do the 24 runes mean? ›

The Elder Futhark runes are a set of 24 symbols that were used for writing in Scandinavia and other parts of Northern Europe from about 200-800 AD. The word “Futhark” is derived from the first six letters, which are called “Fehu,” “Uruz,” “Thurisaz,” “Ansuz,” “Raidho” and “Kennaz.”

What is the meaning of Nauthiz? ›

Nauthiz, the need-fire, is a rune with a dual nature. In one sense it is the hard hollow of lack, it is the cold earth, the dark days, the emptiness of loss, of starvation, the dark night of the soul.

What does the rune wunjo mean? ›

Wunjo embodies that sense of joy, belonging and well-being that comes from the people who you count as your kin. It is found in a welcome hug, in the shared memories you laugh over, in the affectionate names only your partner and family call you by. It promotes harmony of body and mind and can support healing work.

What is the Norse rune for strength? ›

The Uruz rune is one of the most popular runes, and it is also one of the most versatile. This rune can symbolize strength, power, virility, energy, health, and success.

How many elder runes are there? ›

The Old English names of all 24 runes of the Elder Futhark, along with five names of runes unique to the Anglo-Saxon runes, are preserved in the Old English rune poem, compiled in the 7th century.

Are Elder Futhark runes Viking? ›

Elder Futhark is the oldest runic alphabet used by the Vikings. It consists of 24 unique runic symbols, each of which has its own meaning. The runes of this letter are grouped in three rows. This means that there are eight symbols in each row.

How do you pronounce wunjo Rune? ›

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What are Northumbrian runes? ›

Anglo-Saxon runes (Old English: rūna ᚱᚢᚾᚪ) are runes used by the early Anglo-Saxons as an alphabet in their writing system.
...
Anglo-Saxon runes.
Futhorc ᚠᚢᚦᚩᚱᚳ
Script typeAlphabet
Time period5th through 11th centuries
Directionleft-to-right
LanguagesAnglo-Frisian (Old English and Old Frisian)
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Are there 7 Great Runes? ›

There are six Great Runes in Elden Ring, each of them held by a mighty demigod. Players only need to obtain two of them to enter Leyndell, Royal Capital, and pass through to the end of the game. However, each of them is tied to a side quest, and to get the whole story, players will need to obtain all six.

What are high runes? ›

High Runes

The term 'High Rune'('HR' for short) is a term used by players on Battle.net to refer to the most valuable runes. These are the runes from Mal to Zod. With the release of the D2 expansion Lord of Destruction, HRs replaced the SoJ The Stone of Jordan Ring as the accepted currency among Battle.net players.

Can you create your own runes? ›

It can take many years to master them, but you can easily make your own rune set and learn the basics thanks to the many online resources and books available nowadays. There are many runic alphabets, but the most common one for rune divination is the Elder Futhark, made of 24 letters.

What is your rune? ›

Your birth rune is the caretaker of your destiny. Unlike your zodiac sign, birth runes are not meant to tell you your fate, or what month will bring you love or money. Rather, it is a specific set of energies that express themselves through your character and events in your life.

How do you cast runes? ›

To do a three-rune cast, pull three runes, one at a time, out of the bag and place them side by side on the cloth in front of you. The first one represents a general overview of your issue, the middle one indicates challenges and obstacles, and the last one shows potential courses of action you can take.

Is it possible to learn Old Norse? ›

Learning or teaching Old Norse is easy with The Viking Language Series. Viking Language 1 and 2 are the authoritative guides to learning Old Norse, opening a world of sagas, Eddas, and runes. These textbooks have everything you need to become proficient in Old Norse, including grammar, vocabulary, and exercises.

What is the rune for knowledge? ›

Ansuz is the rune of the god Odin. It represents the spoken word, communication, knowledge and the transmission of intelligence.

What type of runes are in God of War? ›

God of War uses a heavily simplified version of Old Norse, making it a great entry point for people wanting to try their hand at deciphering runes.

What runes did Vikings use? ›

The only runic alphabet used by the Norse in the Viking Age is known as the Younger Futhark, which consisted of only sixteen 'staves' or characters.

Where do runes come from? ›

Runes developed in areas populated by Germanic tribes, probably inspired by the Latin alphabet of the Romans. The earliest runic inscriptions, dating from ca 150 AD, are particularly common in what is now Denmark, Northern Germany and Southern Sweden.

How do you spell Thor in runes? ›

Thor is spelled “ᚦᚬᚱ” in the Younger Futhark. You are very likely to see his name spelled using the Elder Futhark runes instead, which would be “ᚦᛟᚱ”.

What language did Vikings speak? ›

Old Norse was spoken by inhabitants of Scandinavia and their overseas settlements and chronologically coincides with the Viking Age, the Christianization of Scandinavia and the consolidation of Scandinavian kingdoms from about the 7th to the 15th centuries.

Are Celtic and Norse runes the same? ›

They do have similarities, but the differences are many. Both the Norse and Celtic runes were considered as sacred and engraved on wood in the beginning. However, the Norse runes hold protective power; on the other hand, the Celtic runes possess charm and persona.

Why were runes carved as straight lines? ›

The runes were all made of straight lines, which made them easier to carve.

What is the Viking alphabet called? ›

The runic alphabet, or Futhark, gets its name from its first six sounds (f, u, th, a, r, k), much like the word 'alphabet' derives from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, alpha and beta.

What does love rune mean? ›

Love runes cannot be used to make someone fall in love or feel those kinds of feelings; they are merely used to symbolize and communicate the different kinds of love. You may see them on banners or clothes at a wedding, for example.

What do rune tattoos mean? ›

Therefore, the meaning behind rune tattoos is considered to be magical or secret. They are associated with divine energy. In fact, runes were believed to have been intricately connected to a higher power and therefore rune tattoos have a heavenly component.

What is the letter Y in Viking runes? ›

Algiz
NameProto-GermanicOld Norse
Transliterationzʀ
Transcriptionzʀ
IPA[z][ɻ], [y]
Position in rune-row1516
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What is V in Elder Futhark? ›

ABOUT FUTHARK RUNES
Rune NameCorresponding English Letter:Uses
KenazK, C or QManifests Character & Personality
GifuGInvites Harmony, Joy & Generosity
WunjoW or VInvites Glory & Wisdom
HagalazHCarved Into Weapons of War
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How many runes does Elden ring have? ›

The six main Elden Ring Great Runes are tied to the central story, as you'll need a minimum number in order to access the RPG game's final area.

What do the rune symbols mean? ›

The meaning of rune is “secret” or “mysterium”; each symbol has a deeper meaning above and beyond the sound it makes in language. A meaning that was traditionally held as a secret holy concept, “a formless and timeless idea”.

What is the meaning of Nauthiz? ›

Nauthiz, the need-fire, is a rune with a dual nature. In one sense it is the hard hollow of lack, it is the cold earth, the dark days, the emptiness of loss, of starvation, the dark night of the soul.

What is the rune for gift? ›

Gyfu
NameProto-GermanicOld English
'gift''gift'
ShapeElder FutharkFuthorc
Unicodeᚷ U+16B7ᚷ U+16B7
Transliterationgȝ
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What does the rune Eihwaz mean? ›

Eihwaz is sometimes likened to the Death card in tarot; it is a rune of transformation and testing, stripping away that which is worn out, diseased or weak so that strong new growth may occur. It is the rune of the Yew tree, a symbol of age, endurance, death, and eternal life.

What does reading the runes mean? ›

[British, literary] to understand a situation in a particular way, and decide what is likely to happen. The management has proved itself innovative and imaginative. They read the runes and knew what would happen.

How are runes written? ›

The Runic alphabet may have been based on an early version of the Greek alphabet. A number of letters resemble those used in early Greek alphabet. Alternatively it may have developed from one of the ancient alphabets used in Italy for Etruscan or other languages.

How do you pronounce Gebo? ›

  1. Phonetic spelling of Gebo. gebo. g-AI-b-oh.
  2. Meanings for Gebo. It is a surname that is of Italian origin.
  3. Examples of in a sentence. Firearms stolen from Littlefield Gebo's, police searching for suspects. ...
  4. Translations of Gebo. Chinese : 格博

How many runes are there? ›

The earliest known sequential listing of the full set of 24 runes dates to approximately AD 400 and is found on the Kylver Stone in Gotland, Sweden. "aurochs" (or *ûram "water/slag"?)

What are Northumbrian runes? ›

Anglo-Saxon runes (Old English: rūna ᚱᚢᚾᚪ) are runes used by the early Anglo-Saxons as an alphabet in their writing system.
...
Anglo-Saxon runes.
Futhorc ᚠᚢᚦᚩᚱᚳ
Script typeAlphabet
Time period5th through 11th centuries
Directionleft-to-right
LanguagesAnglo-Frisian (Old English and Old Frisian)
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What is the 13th rune? ›

The rune survives in the Anglo-Saxon futhorc as ᛇ Ēoh or Īh "yew" (note that ᛖ eoh "horse" has a short diphthong).
...
Eihwaz.
NameProto-GermanicOld English
Transcriptionïï
IPA[iː], [ç]?[iː], [x], [ç]
Position in rune-row13
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What letter is Eihwaz? ›

Eihwaz represents the letter Y.

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