Does this rune seem rather forbidding? Ice is obviously very cold and can even, in some instances be dangerous. That does not tell the entire story however. Ice may be considered protective. We have all heard the phrase, “put it on ice” ensuring fresh storage for later use. This rune counsels caution: the best course of action is simply, no action. This is the moment to stop and freeze all plans, for to continue would be fool hardy – just like stepping on, thin ice!
The rune Is indicates things have gone on far too long and with too much coldness for there to be any chance of the return of any warmth. Sometimes the appearance of this rune heralds the destruction of plans by sly and hidden hands: ice is easy to see once it has formed but only rarely does one have a chance to see it develop, and it is strong enough to break nearly everything in its path. The appearance of Is in any reading should always be considered a serious warning. In personal relationships, this rune does not bid well for the future. Once ice has penetrated into the heart and soul of loved ones there is little chance that matters will work out well.
This rune has no reverse; the same shape whichever way it falls. This indicates putting plans on hold and waiting until the situation changes. Eventually, there will be a thaw and again everything will go back to what seemed normal.
“We’re like that!” is what we say when we are trying to communicate how close we are to another, and by crossing our fingers together. A union, signified by the cross has been used as a representation since ancient times and implies complete harmony. Gebo is associated with the planet Venus, the goddess of love. Whenever this rune is drawn for the person being read, know without a doubt that the person is bringing a matter of the heart. Gebo is a benevolent influence; however the surrounding runes show more and may even show difficulties in relationships. When this rune is drawn, the person for whom the reading is occurring is, or will soon be in a general state of relaxation and peace with themselves and the rest of the world.
At one’s innermost level the appearance of Gebo may be issuing a form of warning that some gift – be it money, love or wisdom – is likely to come to the person being read. We all know that nothing in life comes for free and without some sort of cost. All gifts imply that equality must be attained; one must give back, equal in value to such a gift, either in this lifetime or the next. There’s always a price to pay. In a manner of speaking, this rune speaks to the innumerable laws of karma – “As you sow, so shall ye reap.”
As a result, I recommend that one doesn’t consider the appearance of this rune to be entirely positive. The outcome may prove to be productive, but not, necessarily positive. Ignore one’s inherent responsibilities and the outcome could be perilous.