Elder Futhark Rune Meanings

Freya's 1st Aett

gebo elder futhark rune symbol and meaning



Gebo gebo gebo

Gu ga gi ge go

Gub gab gib geb gob

Og eg ig ag ug

G a a a a a a f f f f f f


(Galdr source: “A Handbook of Rune Magic” by Edred Thorsson)



Gebo Old Germanic name: Geuua

Gebo Old Norwegian name: Gipt, Giof

Gebo Anglo-Saxon name: Geofu, Gifu (Gyfu)

Gebo Old Celtic name: Giof

Gebo Old Icelandic name: Gjof

gebo elder futhark rune symbol and meaning

Gebo is the power of balance and harmony. Its outline reflects the equivalent exchange of energies between different directions. Gebo is associated with offering and sacrifice being made and receiving a gift in return for the energy. A person gives something valuable to them and in return receives a blessing. Often this most valuable “coin” is time.




Gebo is the Rune of partnerships, friendship and things really coming together. It’s the Rune of giving and receiving. The Rune calls upon joining forces with other to accomplish your goal. The Rune will help you to establish connections and strengthen the existing ones. It will help in any kinds of contracts and partnerships, establishing understanding and balance. 

You can see different variations of writing and pronunciation of this Rune but the most common ones are Gebo, Gebe and Gifu.

Due to the absence of this rune in the Younger Futhark and the fact that other runic poems have not reached us, there is a mention of it only in the Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem which says:


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


When reading this you can feel the whole essence of the custom of offering gifts, which was widespread throughout Northern Europe. It was at the level of social obligations.

When you are working with Gebo, remember that this is an extremely fair Rune and as you can read in the poem, it values generosity. You get what you give. If you want it to aid you, make sure you act with good faith and treat others right. This Rune will not tolerate cheating and dishonesty.

As seen in the Anglo-Saxon Rune poem Gebo is also the Rune of charity and helping those who are less fortunate in life.

With the help of Rune Gebo one can make a decision with regards to any partnership, be it a romantic or business one, to create a mutual project and maintain good relations.


And of course, finally, Gebo symbolizes the gifts Gods give us. As we read in The Völuspá, Odin, Lóðurr and Hœnir travelled across the shore and saw two trees, Ask and Embla. Each God gave them one of the gifts (spirit, intellect and feelings). And Ask became the first man, while Embla became the first woman. Naturally, the Rune also symbolizes the gifts we humans give to the Gods in return.

Reversed Rune Raidho meaning:

Rune Gebo does not have a reversed position.

Rune Gebo Advice: fate favors those who can live an interesting and easy life, believe in Fortune and allow intuition to lead them in the right direction.



Meditate on this Rune if you are looking for a sense of internal freedom and harmony.

In ritual magick Gebo is used to create a strong partnership or find the right people or person (for marriage or business).

In a Ritual, you may ask this Rune for what you wish but make sure what you are giving back is of value. Gebo is one of the magnetic Runes and you will need to put extra effort into getting things going with it. Of course, it should not be used in any kinds of destructive Magic.

As Gebo unites the two (and is a sign of a divine connection between God and Goddess) it can be combined with Berkana to bring into the world that what unites the two and brings love and harmony into a relationship (a baby).

Combined with the Rune Tiwaz it will aid in bringing on justice. Be careful though as both Runes are truly fair and just. Make sure you understand the consequences and have acted in a good faith all along.