Gebo has been on my mind lately. Even before I drew the other day. Maybe it’s the fact that I see it quite a bit–Gebo looks like an X and I play Words with Friends quite a bit. Plus there’s a portion of my ceiling that has a bit of paint that makes a design that looks just like Gebo. I see it every morning when I shower, so Gebo is on my mind for at least a moment every day.
At least it’s a cheerful Rune though. It’s been said that Gebo is the love Rune. Makes sense when you consider that the way you sign hugs and kisses at the end of a letter is XOXO. With the X is what symbolizes the kiss.
It also makes perfect sense for Gebo to be the Rune of partnerships. Indeed it takes two “sticks” (slanted Isa’s, really) working together and crossing each other in order to even make Gebo. When two people or things work together they form a relationship–one crosses the other, gives something away, even as it’s receiving something. Gebo speaks of this reciprocity. It’s the gifting Rune–you give me something and I’ll give you something back. It’s all about working together and creating a synergy in which all parties benefit.
Another place we often see an ‘x’ is in math. X is the symbol used for multiplication. (3×3=9, for example). Turn the X on it’s side and you get the addition symbol (+). Both of these things speak of another of Gebo’s messages–that of increase. It generally means an increase in activity (be ready for fun but busy times!), but also means that an increase in positive energy is heading your way.
Overall, Gebo is a positive Rune. It’s one of the many Runes that doesn’t have a reversal as no matter which way you turn it, Gebo remains the same. When Gebo shows up, you can bet good things are headed your way. Even though some may come with obligations and expectations (nothing is given for free after all).
As I was titling this post something else came to mind: the gifts of Love. When two people are in Love, they form a partnership–a relationship. And in that, they nurture each other. They make each other feel good and bring smiles to each other’s faces. Physical gifts may be involved, but the emotional support and companionship are far more important than any physical thing ever should be.