Generosity brings credit and honour, which support one’s dignity; it furnishes help and subsistence to all broken men who are devoid of aught else. Anglo-Saxon rune poem, Runic and Heroic Poems, Bruce Dickins

A photo of a couple embracing under a sunset and clouds, with Gebo drawn over in purple, a post-it reading, "Thank you," tacked over top, a small present, and the words, "ability to express gratitude goes only as deeply ability to feel Our own worth."


Traditional meaning – gift
Association – gift, gift-giving, gratitude, bonds forged from gift-giving
Pronunciation – geh-boh
GaldrGay, Gaboh, Geh, Gehboh, Gif, Gihfoo
Element – air
Dates – 28th September – 13th October
Verb – to bond (via exchange)
Animistic Qualities – the gratitude and gift of having community with others who can meet us
Challenge – To accept, and freely give

Listen to What in the Wyrd Episode 113 – Bonding with Gebo

Traditional lore – Gebo is the rune of gift, of giving, specifically the giving of our own unique gift in service to another.

Animistic lore – Working with the Elder Futhark as keys offering insight into how to human well, Gebo is the point in the traditional progression of the runes in season that we understand we bring something special to the planet. Each of us bears a gift no other being can, and when we give it, not only is the receiver blessed, we are, as well as a bond is forged. Such bonds form traditional structures of belonging and interdependence that keep us tended and supported to continue bearing our gift.

Elder Futhark runes Fehu, Ingwaz, Kenaz reversed with a white seashell on an orange background

Gebo is the gift, the exchanging of it,

the bond made through the exchange, gratitude for the exchange, and the life force of the bond, itself.

Bonding with Gebo Introspections

  • What brings you the most joy in your life?
  • How do you share that joy with others?
  • How does sharing that joy affect your relationships?
  • Describe your relationship to gratitude.

Runic Book of Days

A Guide to Living the Annual Cycle of Rune Magick
2019 Nautilus Silver Award Winner
2019 National Indie Excellence Book Award Finalist
A step-by-step guide to working with the runes throughout the year through rituals and initiations to come into direct relationship with them.

Runic Book of Days - 2019 Nautilus Book Award Winner


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S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.

I’m an animist, author, deathwalker and death doula. For the last 25+ years, through Soul Intent Arts I’ve helped others to ethically build thriving spiritual paths as fit, embodied elders, who upon death become wise, capable Ancestors. My work is Nature-based, and focuses soul tending through the Elder Futhark runes, animism, ancestral healing, and deathwork. I’m author of Runic Book of Days, and I host the podcast, What in the Wyrd. I also write The Weekly Rune as a celebration of the Elder Futhark in season. Full bio.


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We don't heal in isolation,

but in community

~S. Kelley Harrell