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G is for Runes

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G is for Runes

In the Anglo Saxon Futhorc there are two G runes. One is pretty well known, as it is part of the re-created Elder Futhark, whereas the other one, whose inclusion as part of the Northumbrian extension, is a bit of am mystery of it’s presence.
Gebo
The first one, appearing in the First aettir is Gebo or Gyfu. The gift. Part of my understanding behind this rune is the idea of exchange that creates connections. By exchanging gifts, you become friends, family, lovers, business partners, Governments and people that are governed. Connections are made. Contracts are agreed to. To be human, is to participate in the exchange of creating a social unit, a social unit which can be varied, diverse and complex, as you try to understand the exchange that you have with everyone, who all have different exchanges with each other. When the exchange fails to happen, when the gifts are not shared, is when that connection falls apart, and the social order separates. Sometimes this leads to divorce, or ending of friendships. Other times it creates wars between nations, or revolutions between people and their government. Thinking that you are independent, self made, or not reliant on other people is a mistake, because we all, in fact, rely on others all the time, and in this day and age, sometimes that exchange is so assumed or expected that it has become invisible, and thus forgotten and disrespected. Respect the exchange. Share your gifts. Only be sharing will betterment of yourself and others come about.

Gar

The second G rune, that of Gar, which means Spear. The spear was the oldest and most widely used weapon among Northern peoples. Lacking widespread availability of iron, swords were rare and usually reserved for the wealthy, and typically made of other metals. When Iron and steel swords became available, it was usually through trade with other cultures. But spears were easier to have and produce. Only the spearhead needed to be metal, and depending upon the length of the staff, it could be a weapon for close combat, or useful and dealing with distant foes or even keeping foes as a distance.
Yet, at the same time, the spear could be a metaphor for many other things. It could be a symbol of the world tree, a pillar around which all of creation is upheld and revolves. It could also be the spear that marks the turning point of the heavens, now days identified with the star Polaris. The axis of the sky and creation, which everything either revolves around, or is turned by. The point of the spear is the center of all creation, the source and end, the beginning and ending. All potential and all realization exist there, and can be found. But it is also a blank slate, a tabula rasa. Nothing is written, but could be. There is only possibility and potential that can be formed and realized. So what will you do? Where will you go? What shapes and forms will you give release to and how will it change and affect you? Now you can create anew, just be sure of what you are creating.

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December 9, 2010 – Gebo

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Gebo

Gebo is the letter G

Anglo-Saxon rune poem (from ragweedforge.com)

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 signifies the bonds, relationships and contracts that exist between us all. It is generally indicative that the relationships you foster are going to be important. These can be intimate relationships, business relationships, or casual relationships. Being generous or receiving the generosity of others brings with it obligation, unless stated otherwise. It is also that exchange upon which society and human connection thrives. While some avoid getting too tied up in obligations (and some obligations, especially money are probably worth avoiding in many cases), complete avoidance is harmful to you, as much as it is to other people. You should enter into commitments, but as you do so, remember to read the fine print, and make sure the terms are clear. You are as much to blame for errors because of the lack of knowledge.

November 21, 2010 – Gebo

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Gebo

Gebo is the letter G

Anglo-Saxon Rune poem (from ragweedforge.com)

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, the rune of the gift, of contracts and of generosity. The exchange between people, organizations, or countries and the social contract that binds us all is the essence of Gebo. Now is the time to experience that gift, and the exchange, but coming into that type of give and take. You have gifts that you should share with the world. The world has gifts that it will give to you in return.

November 3, 2010 – Gebo

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Gebo

Gebo is the letter G

Anglo-Saxon rune poem (from ragweedforge.com)

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, the rune of generosity, exchange, contracts and relationships signfies today is about these various modes of relationship. Friends, lovers, co-workers, neighbors, all of these are relationships that one has where exchanges and social contracts enter. Sometimes you are the giver, sometimes you are receiver, and being aware of the nature of that exchange is very beneficial. Being only one or the other can be very unbalancing, as something will give eventually.

May 31, 2010 – Gebo

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Gebo

Gebo is the letter G

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

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’s appearance strikes a strong chord with me, as for the reading I did encompassing the year, it was the rune that embodies the whole of 2010. So when it appears on any other level, I tend to pay attention.

In contemplating Gebo, I always arrive at the keywords that I have given it. Gift, exchange, partnership, contracts: the essence of Gebo embodies this social elements, that can interplay on many other levels. One that is occurring to me right now comes about from my reading of Three Books of Occult Philosophy by Cornelius Agrippa. In the 3rd book, he discusses those things that are necessary of religion, which he sees as being integral to practice of magic. In being aware of his medieval bias towards Catholicism and Christianity (which was both culturally and politically expedient) A lot of what he says does seem to have value, especially when it comes to how to approach and interact with spiritual entities, whether Gods, intelligences, spirits, demons, demigods/heros etc… While the particulars laids out by Agrippa have relevance, what comes through to me is the essence of partnership, exchange and contract. Offerings, vows, adorations, sacrifices and everything else is really about drawing the pleasure (or appeasing the wrath) or these spiritual powers. At the highest, the physical things are not necessary, because the highest and most transcendent doesn’t need those physical things. But in doing them, you enter into relationship and partnership with them. There is give and take, credit and honor, and in doing so, you can gain help when you have little else.

Often, for myself though, I don’t identify with the religious connection. I don’t always see myself as a servant of the Gods, because that is not who I am, or what I want to be. It doesn’t mean that I can’t serve them, at least to come into a benevolent relationship with them, but for myself personally, it is never a relationship where I give up my liberty to serve them.

April 20, 2010 – Gebo

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Gebo

Gebo is the letter G

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

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, the rune of Gifts, Generosity, and Partnership is the rune for today. Thinking about Gebo causes me to ponder where I need to be generous, and where I might have potential to gain gifts. It also makes me ponder partnership. All types of interactions with people is partnership, a coming together of people where an understanding or contract, whether written, spoken, or assumed, comes into play. Whether it is the social contract of proper business attire and etiquette, to the intimate agreement of people coming together in romance or passion, to the exchange of a worshipper making offerings to the Powers that be, whether for blessings already given, or for gifts that are being sought. It is all of these exchanges that Gebo points to. It is when the contract is broken that problems arise.

I have a lot of partnerships in my life. From how I relate to my progenitors, to my siblings, employers, friends, and potential areas of business engagement, right now partnership seems to be the driving force in my life, and possibly for this year. Through partnership, I can improve, if I honor those commitments, and give and receive ethically with all those I am partnering with.

March 20, 2010 – Gebo

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Gebo

Gebo is the letter G

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

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.

February 12, 2010

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Gebo

Gebo is the letter G

Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem (from ragweedforge.com)

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

I guess I didn’t enter into a new phase, or maybe the continuining lesson, challenge and blessings of Gebo are presenting themselves to me. Amusing enough, last night a friend posted a link to a video interview of a man known as Hakim Bey. It was filmed in May 2009, but he was extrapolating on the disintegration of community and connection, particularly within the United States, and therefore the creation of intentional communities as “communities of resistance.” A very Gebo related concept on the large scale, where many people come together, form a compact of obligation and commitment to each other, exchange their gifts to build that community and continue to work and live in it. He had some other interesting concepts that he put forth, but it was very in tune with the Gebo.
I also get a daily sun sign horoscope delivered to my email, more for fun and the occasional insights then anything actually have to do with serious astrology. It has a buzz word that popped out to me, of relying on my “generous” open-minded optimism. Generous huh?