Gebo – gift– What a great day to start the year–with a gift! I always love seeing Gebo come up in a spread, partly because it’s such a strings-free joy, but also because it indicates the point at which giving has formed a bond.
Nearing the end of the first aett, Gebo finds us still in that amorphous space in which we are finding our way, not quite in form, not quite in the present. Then it happens–we find friends. Through our ability to give to others, and possibly receive from them, we create our web–the network of support closest to us, which helps us stay actively involved with All Things. In the Jungian hero’s journey, this stage is the acquisition of allies, those in form, in spirit, and within.
However we approach the New Year, know that we are in the process of drawing to us those who can truly move us along our paths. Celtic traditions have the concept of anam cara, or soul friend. I’ve written before on this special bond, what it is, and how we interpret it. Anam cara has most often been misinterpreted as ‘soul mate,’ as in a romantic partner. In reality anam cara speaks to a much higher bond that always urges each other toward growth, which could be found in a lover, an animal familiar, a place, a child. As we all know, sometimes growth means periods of discomfort, and all soul relationships aren’t necessarily cheerful.
The bottom line with Gebo at this time is someone is coming or will soon come who can help us reach the next significant place of growth. Perhaps both individuals are helped in the joining, perhaps not. The emphasis is recognizing that a bond has been made, and a new level of self has been attained, as a result.
Celebrate the bond. Be as fully present in it as possible, and know that we’re in this together.
Books by Kelley
Gift of the Dreamtime – Awakening to the Divinity of Trauma. Revised second edition, with a foreward by shaman, Christina Pratt.
Real Wyrd – A Modern Shaman’s Roots in the Middle World, true paranormal experiences from a lifelong intuitive.