The Weekly Rune, Gebo

For the week of 30 September 2018

Star-crossed giving

 

Gebo is the half-month stave through 13 October. Uruz reversed is the intuitive stave, and Thurisaz indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Gebo, Uruz reversed, then Thurisaz.

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What’s a half-month rune?

“Half-month” is an astronomical concept in which each month is divided into two parts: days 1-15, then 16-month’s end. In terms of the runic calendar, the half-month rune is based on the Elder Futhark, and governs for a tad over two weeks (a fortnight).

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The Weekly Rune is based on a three-rune cast. Those runes are the half-month, the intuitive rune, and the overview. The half-month is a set rune, which for the most part follows the traditional ordering of the Elder Futhark. The intuitive stave (meaning, I draw it blind) indicates the life force most available to us, to the focus of the half-month rune into sharper focus. It suggests how we can best handle the half-month energies. The final rune (also drawn blind) provides a high overview of the current time, and speaks from different voices. These voices are usually Nature, Earth, Creation, though are sometimes others. I note who’s speaking each week.

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The last two weeks with Kenaz was fraught territory. This usually low-drama rune kicked up a good bit of personal tension, which is its purpose. It’s the AHA! rune, the point that we find meaning in some personal narrative, and a point that our creative navigation gets back on track. It’s logical that after that shoring up of self that the gift rune follows it.

 

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What does it mean?

Gebo is the rune of gift, all things gift. It points to the gift, itself, the act of giving it, receiving it, gratitude, altruism, and the bond created between the exchanging entities. This is one of the runes everyone wants to have in their casts. It’s generally taken as a good omen for relationships, projects, or anything that creates intimacy.

Overall, Gebo is very optimistic in community-building, partnership, trade. There’s often a personal relationship spin put on Gebo, though that’s a very limiting interpretation. Its wider message is that where there is or has been balanced exchange, benefits abound. Sayings that often accompany Gebo are “a gift for a gift,” and “a gift given freely.” After all, that’s how bonds are formed and sustained: reciprocity and generosity. But is that all Gebo’s about?

Of course not, and the framing runes expound on that nicely.

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Gebo is also about sacrifice, which again, isn’t necessarily obvious in the rune’s “gift” context. When we talk about Gebo, what we’re really talking about is balanced sacrifice, and the realization that that’s what makes life go round. Somebody is always giving, someone’s always receiving. Both are always making peace in thaat process. Whatever is precious to you, be willing to give it away, because when done in a right flow of wyrd, it will be met on equal footing. The problem is when it’s not.

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This week, it’s not in a right flow of wyrd. Uruz reversed in the place of how to approach Gebo best indicates that we may not be totally clear in how we’re offering ourselves, what exactly we have to offer, or what’s being offered to us. Something in the dynamic is off, and it could be anything from being too willing to sacrifice ourselves, to others not being willing enough. It could be that we’re sacrificing the wrong thing. The caution of Uruz reversed is to pause, be really honest with self, be very willing to scrutinize what’s put on the table, and proceed slowly.

Thurisaz speaks from the voice of the Feminine, this week. I don’t generally experience accounts of gender divinity, as gender is solely an earthly construct. My spiritual focus is often slightly wider than that, so I was a bit surprised for to hear this voice. It was, however, very clear, that the role of Thurisaz in feminine expression at this time is one of active strike. It’s an intentional call to very thoroughly examine boundaries, and know that in terms of how we weave our wyrd, at a deep, visceral level, we can only protect ourselves. Likewise, Thurisaz is a call to make sure our boundaries are up-to-date and still necessary.

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Be very clear what’s given this week, the reasons for doing so, and the terms of acceptance. Assume a stance of sacred caution for self and others. The deeper spirit of Gebo is of support and connection. Make that the touchstone for needs that scream and extended hands. If there isn’t something balanced in the exchange, circle back to personal boundaries.

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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.