Northern Tradition Paganism

Frigga and Gebo

Beginning Rune Magick

The rune associated with Frigga is Berkana but today I wanted to focus on the relationship of Gebo with Frigga.
My experiences with Gebo was initially brought about with Frigga.

The first experience I had was right after Ironwood Witch, Ulfdis, gave me a reading regarding my being called into service by Frigga. I was not expecting a reading but I wanted to return the kindness and work so I asked Ulfdis if I could send her something in return for her divinatory aid. She said I could and reminded me that this act of Gebo is something I might be coming across more and more in this realm of Northern Paganism/Heathenry.

The second time I experienced Gebo with Frigga was when I was trying to negotiate a mandate Frigga had for me – within a year I am to stop giving tarot readings for pay. Frigga is a goddess of divination and a seer in her own right but she is one that is well known for not telling people or gods what she sees. The reason she didn’t want me to offer readings for pay is 1) it cheapens my abilities in that people off the street can access divine aid and messages for simple coin and, because it is easily bought, they often blow off the advice given (this is something I see often as a tarot reader) and 2) it is not a form of divination that she is particularly fond of turns out.
So I was negotiating with her regarding divination because I love divination and reading tarot is a huge part of my life and business. I won’t go into all the details of our negotiations but I will tell about its relationship to Gebo. Frigga mandated in part that I would learn to read the runes but that my first set of runes must be given to me in an act of Gebo and that I could, until she says otherwise, only read runes for others as an act of Gebo – a barter.
As I said before, my first set of runes were given to me in exchange for a custom crocheted tarot bag. This exchange happened very quickly after Frigga’s mandate – the speed of which and the ease of the exchange I honestly feel is a testament to her showing me that she won’t simply mandate or require things but will also aid in making it happen so long as I don’t hesitate.

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