Gebo Meaning & Interpretation – Nordic Runes

Rune Poem for Gebo

“Gyfu gumena byþ gleng and herenys,
wraþu and wyrþscype and wræcna gehwam
ar and ætwist, ðe byþ oþra leas.”

“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.”

Rune Name – Gebo

Aett – Freyja’s

Aett Position – Seventh

Gebo – Upright Meaning


The sharing of wealth in good spirits, sacrifice in a time of need, and generosity to those less fortunate, a balance of giving and receiving. When one exchanges like for like, a binding of contracts, or agreements in personal relationships.


geboGebo, givers Rune of the Elder Futhark, the mark of all who offer hospitality. Charged we are to offer gifts to our kin, to share our wealth between us and another. When two lovers join hands in marriage, it is the Gebo rune that oversees the joining.

When two men share the gift of their loyalty, it is the Gebo run that binds them. It is the giving of gifts freely, without compulsion, it is the equal exchange of like for like that brings us the power of Gebo.

It represents also our sacrifice for another, the giving of ourselves for the gift of the satisfaction that the Clan continues.

When the portents are bad and Jormungandr turns it’s baleful eye on us, when Fenrir howls on the mountains peak, Gebo also represents a sacrifice to the Gods, that they may turn their eyes upon us, and smile favorably.

The Merchant who trades properly, a thing for a thing of equal value, thus does the Gebo rune guide their hands, or when contract is signed between worker and employer, and all is in even accord, does the Gebo rune rule.

Gebo – Merkstave Meaning (Reversed)


Lusting after wealth, loneliness, being dependent upon another, giving too much, a feeling of obligation, bribing others.


gebo merkstaveAs all Runes have a dark side, so the Merkstave of the Gebo is it’s opposite. The one who takes without returning, no gifts from this one, only a hole forever hungry for more.

When a man knows not when to stop, and gives too much of himself, such that his hearth and kin suffer, there does the Gebo Merkstave hold it’s sway.

When one is not one’s own, when one must rely upon another for their support. Thus is the Merkstave present, when we serve out of obligation, rather than honor and joint venture, the Merkstave is present.

When all is dark in the light of the world, and bitter gold passes from one mans hand to another to break his kinsman’s oath, the Gebo Merkstave is present.

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