ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel


Updated on October 28, 2012



Elderfuthark Rune GEBO


Alternative Names

Gyfu; Giba; Gyfu; Gipt; Gifu; Geofu.

Key phrase

‘To tread a spiritual path

you must be both a giver and a receiver.’


Gift, an offering, love, balance, hospitality.

Viking Rune Equivalent and Meaning

Partnership. A gift. Offerings from the gods.

Divinatory Meaning

A spiritual gift.To promote harmony and bring about union.



Tarot Card Equivalent

The Lovers - 6 - VI

Corresponding Letter


Associated Colour

Deep Blue

Associated Herb


Associated Gemstone


Associated Tree

Ash / Elm

Associated Myths and Deities

Sigurd and Brunhild; Aesir and Vanir Treaty.

Manifestation Uses

To bring luck and good fortune. To bring about change, or effect a transformation.

Relationship Interpretation

To find or strengthen a relationship; for fertility. It can be a symbol of a sexual relationship or the product of that relationship. Give and take, compromise.

Healing Colour and Qualities


To cool and ease headaches. To relieve stress and tension. To calm the body and mind. Brings balance. Transforms sexual energy into healing energies.


Gebo is an excellent talisman to strengthen a relationship and to bring luck and fertility.

Gebo Drawn Upright


Balance, a gift, exchanged gifts, an offering, love, friendship, partnership, generosity, giving and receiving, good luck, unexpected good fortune, hospitality, exchange, contracts, generosity, a sacred mark, dedication to the gods, talent and ability, joining together, love relations, bountiful abundance.

GEBO is the ‘wisdom of an action’.

Gebo is the seventh rune of eight, of the first aett. It is the rune of communication, partnership and unions, of all kinds. The Gebo rune also indicates giving and receiving and putting wisdom into action to reap rewards.

In Norse mythology, Odin received the runes after his labour and sacrifice. He then passed that knowledge and wisdom on to the world. In comparison, the planting of a seed will grow to be harvested and through this process you are able to feed yourself and others. Alternatively, the harvest can be sold to receive money in return. The planting of the seed is the labour; the eating of the produce is the reaping of the rewards. We receive the product of our doing.

Generosity is a word that is often associated with Gebo, which relates to all kinds of exchanges including contracts, love, marriage and sexual congress. Gebo promises balance and equality.

Gebo is a rune of connection, particularly those between people. This rune represents places where our paths intersect with others and gives us the opportunity to form relationships. Such relationships are strengthened and sanctified by the exchange of gifts, both tangible and intangible.

The giving of gifts has been used as a symbol of an oath or bond since ancient times. For example, in years gone by, when a lord wanted to ensure the loyalty of one of his subjects, he would give that person a gift. The gift would create a debt on the part of the person receiving it, and this debt would ensure his readiness to serve his lord.

Similarly, a gift given between lovers, especially that of rings, symbolises the bond between them. Gifts or offerings given to the ‘Gods’ often carries the same meaning, representing the giver’s love and loyalty to their God. The giving of gifts implies the acceptance of a debt with the understanding that the debt is not to be repaid, as such. It is this which forms the bond.

The root concept of the Gebo rune is not the gift, or the giving of the gift, but the fruits of the giving. The giving of gifts also allows one to receive them. By giving a gift of significance, you are also giving the gift of receiving to the recipient. If you give a gift from the heart, the recipient is given the opportunity to learn to receive graciously. It is the joining of the giver and the one who receives. Therefore, the giving of gifts is two-fold in its rewards.

Drawing the Gebo rune indicates a time of hospitality, generosity and giving. It is a time for celebrations and unions, marriages and get-togethers.

Drawing this rune may indicate a need for you to look within and find where your true heart lies in regards to those near and dear. It may be a time to express your heartfelt emotions to those who you value in your present life and express those feelings to them.

Drawing Gebo could be showing you that there is a need to learn what to give and who to give to. It is not appropriate to give to everyone indiscriminately. There are those who do not wish to receive, so giving to them is a waste of energy and an abuse of your own gifts. Weighing up your true emotions will help to find inner-balance.

Gebo appearing in a reading may indicate that a gift is coming to you. This gift may present you with opportunities and choices. You can either accept or reject them. If you choose to accept, you must be prepared to give in return. Everything has its price, but with spiritual gifts, the cost is always worth it in the end.

Gebo is telling you to reassess where your truths lie, what your beliefs are and informing you that you need to take stock of your life. People, places and objects may not fit into your current lifestyle. Take stock of what you have, what you need and require, then shed what you no longer need.

This is your opportunity to de-clutter your life. It is also an opportunity for you to give the gift of charity by giving your unwanted goods to those less fortunate. In doing so, you will reap the rewards of the soul.

Gebo Drawn Reversed


Greed, loneliness, dependence, sacrifice, over-sacrifice, obligation, toll, privation, bribery.

Gebo cannot be reversed, but may lay in opposition. This may indicate a loneliness or obligation. You may feel over-extended or that you have over-sacrificed yourself. You may feel used or abused by others.

Gebo merkstave will cast its shadow, causing spiritual and emotional emptiness.


Sacred Scribes

RUNE Readings


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)