The Weekly Rune, Gebo
For the week of 7 October 2018
Gebo is the half-month stave through 13 October. Laguz reversed is the intuitive stave, and Nauthiz indicates Nature’s message to us. Read right to left is Gebo, Laguz reversed, then Nauthiz.
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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).
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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I like to think that when we get Gebo in our cast things are looking up. Last week we moved into our time with it, and the week was fraught, to say the least. And it continues to be. Keep in mind that we are moving toward the Dark Time in the north, while the south eases toward light.
Learn more about that seasonal progression, and how Gebo situates into it in Runic Book of Days.
What does it mean?
Gebo is the rune of gift, all things gift. Maybe more to the point, it’s about generosity and understanding what goes into being able to demonstrate and acccept it. On some level gift exchange forms a bond, whether it’s of a romantic nature, a white flag of peace, sealing a deal, or a kind gesture. A bond is what it’s intended to bring about.
The way Gebo is aspected this week, I suspect we’re about to learn its nuances, specifically where we’re not living in a Gebo-like spirit. In the Old Norse culture, gift-giving wouldn’t have been a light undertaking. In a time and location that resources were precious, gift-giving would have had to take a lot of thought, planning, and… heart. We take for granted in modern culture that we can give a gift–that we have the resources to, the access to options, the privilege of giving someone something they actually want, or that we can just grab some little trinket as an afterthought and know it will still be well-received.
This week Gebo demands we rewild our generosity.
What does it mean to rewild our generosity? Laguz reversed as how we can best approach Gebo suggests things aren’t moving well. Meaning “water,” Laguz reversed comes when we aren’t in flow. That can mean we are fighting the stream, we’re overcome by it, or we’re somewhere on the bank convincing ourselves there is no stream. However the water wings fit, it’s time to put them on, wade in, and get a read on how we situate into flow.
The voice speaking this week about all of the above is Woman. Define is however is necessary, though the drive to rewild generosity is about needs. Nauthiz is that tension between realizing something is needed, yet not knowing what it is, or not knowing how to give it. It is that place where the wound is the medicine.
We don’t like those places, just like we don’t understand deep Gebo. Ultimately Gebo builds community, and we’re so culturally stuck on DIY that we forget we have a calling to be of service to community. We build community through generosity and gift-giving. What do we give? Whatever’s needed. Why do we do it? Because we just do. We have to. We need to. It’s part of who we are, deep down.
That is the rewilding. Generosity is a universal need. Resisting it breaks us from community, and communities from us.
How do we know when we’re rewild? When we just give without thought. When we receive without hesitation.
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Originally published on Soul Intent Arts.