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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Rune Gebo

Artist Brian Froud


or "yee-boe"
hard g as in "gift" , y as in "yes", or silent

2. GEBO - a Partnership, a Gift

If this rune is pulled, that is a sign that unity, union or partnership is near. But you are requested, not to throw yourself into this connection. A true partnership can only consist of two independent, healthy beings, that preserve there own independence also in this union. This advice is important at all levels: in romantic relationships, in commercial things, simply in partnerships of every type.

Corresponding tarot cards the Lovers card and the 2 of Cups.

Gifts played an important part in German culture. A chief would support the young warriors who followed him with gifts of horses, weapons and lavish feasts. Relations between tribes were always conducted with the exchange of costly presents'

Tacitus writes in his Germania:
...whatever he may ask for, and a present in return is asked with as little hesitation. They are greatly charmed with gifts, but they expect no return for what they give, nor feel any obligation for what they receive. The giving to, and receiving of gifts from, the gods would
have been looked upon as a natural extension of these customs.

Accordingly, Gyfu has been regarded as a magical symbol connected with sacrifice. It seems probable that it refers more to sacrifices made to the gods than gifts of the gods to men because of the nature of Teutonic deities-the pagan gods such as Thor and Odin could be expected to gift a man only with strength and cunning. Even this might be capriciously withdrawal on a whim.

On the other hand, men were obligated to sacrifice to the gods lest the gods become angry and visit them with misfortunes. Even before the advent of Christianity, it would be reasonable to link Gyfu with charity. Generosity was the virtue of great chiefs. The covetous were despised and believed to suffer an ill fate. Gyfu would generally mean something of personal value, l'reely and willingly given away. It might be a life sacrifice-forsaking present happiness for future joy. It is good to sacrifice the lower for the higher; evil to sacrifice the higher for the lower. 'l'he cross is an ancient symbol of suffering.

Magically, a sign of initiation. What must be given up in order to gain wisdom and spiritual power. No advance is possible without pain and loss. The rune can be applied to another person favorably Is the bringer of gifts, or unfavorably as the causer of sacrifice.

From The Book Rune Magic by Donald Tyson, you can read Here

Key Concepts: gifts, giving, taking, trade, sacrifice, process of exchange, balance, compensation, equilibrium, law of reciprocation, altruism, the gravity of equals and opposites, generosity, hospitality, honor

Psi: gratitude, forgiveness, appreciation

Energy: Exchanged powers, sacrifice, dissolution of barriers through gifting

Divinations: Generosity, gift, magical exchange, honor, sacrifice, divine vision; or influence buying, greed, loneliness, dependence, over-sacrifice, unbalanced behavior, dishonesty

Mundane: material gifts, thankfulness, trade

  • Sex magic
  • Mystical union and ‘Sacred Marriage’ between partners
  • Understanding of the true meaning of gifting and binding
  • Giving of oneself from within
  • Harmony between brothers and sisters and lovers
  • Favours, contracts, obligations, debt and oath-taking

Gebo is the rune of "god," that is, the eminent unconscious magical force present in the Ginnungagap (magically charged void) before the formation of the Worlds. 2 The holy mystery of the two (or many) in one.

It is the giver, the giving, the given, and that which is given to; "the subject, verb, direct object and indirect object of the multiverse." This also describes a part of the mystery of sacrifice as the gift (ultimately of power) that is given to mankind by the gods in order to maintain the ecology of cosmic power.

By the power of this rune persons are bound together through an act of will in order to effect a result. This stave symbolizes the root force of runic orders, the retinue system, etc.The G-rune has some functional similarities to the A-rune, since it is also a rune of ecstasy. It is the mystery of ecstatic magical power that is perceived and retained by the vitki as numinous knowledge.

Gebo contains the secrets of psychically joining two people
(usually male/female), or several persons, in order that they may produce a creative power greater than their sum total. This is the rune of sex magic. Sex magic was practiced in ancient Germanic times, especially for the acquisition of numinous knowledge and wisdom.

.... sexual symbolism (a child is born from their union). This was the usual mode of sex magic in which energy was exchanged along the male/female polarity. Further evidence for this is provided by the eighteenth-rune stanza of the "Havamal" (stanza164):
That eighteenth I know,
which I never reveal
to maid or man's wife
anything is better,
than if one know it
this leads to the last of the songs-
but only for that one,
who embraces me
or that be my sister.

Gebo is the rune of the brotherly or sisterly lover, and it is the psychosexual force exchanged between two poles of power-human to human, or divine to divine. In the latter case, gebo describes the sexual life force used in fertility magic and that used in shamanistic practices.

Gebo Yoga position:

Stand with legs spread, feet straight, and knees locked. Arms are stretched out in an angle forming an X, with hands directly over feet.

Futhark a Book of Rune Magic by Edred Thorsson you can read Here

Blessed Bee,
Aphrodite Calling


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