March 20, 2010 – Gebo


Gebo is the letter G

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from

Generosity brings credit and honour, which support one’s dignity;
it furnishes help and subsistenceto all broken men who are devoid of aught else.

Gebo means generosity or gift. Showing generosity was a necessity of various northern cultures, Part of the reputation of famous individuals was how generous they were with their wealth, food and abundance, particularly with guests from afar. Often times, part of the generosity was an unspoken contract, that by accepting the gifts of the host, the receiver would come to the aid of the host when called upon.
Gebo’s meaning partakes of that idea. In a reading, it shows what might be necessary to achieve your desires, either from expressing generosity, or generosity that has already been expressed to you, and therefore you are indebted to giver. That is not a bad thing. It is the various commitments and obligations of giver and receiver that sustains a culture, and by honoring those commitments, society is kept up. It is only when the debt begins to grow out of control, problems arise.

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