Icofa (hand of Orunmila)

A in depth look at the events for the month that will provide you with the greatest opportunities to enhance your life and achievements. See how to handle this in the best way possible... Oluwo Philip Neimark uses ancient Yoruba African divination to determine what energies are in play for the month.
This month's Icofa Reading is brought to you by our long time friend Javier Lujan {Ifajuitan}, an Osun priest and babalawo since 1998.


Icofa Reading for April 2017

The theme and main focus for the month of April 2017 will be on Family. It speaks of the need for each of us to understand our role in our family structure and what our responsibility to each other is. Keep in mind that a well-adjusted family structure not only provides economic support and security but also emotional support and guidance so that we all develop into well-adjusted individuals. So this month we need to take a closer look at our families to determine how we are progressing as a group, if you find that some members of the family are struggling or becoming dysfunctional to the point that is creating disharmony in the family, we need to address it, but in a supportive manner.

The Odu for this month is “Ose Oturopon” which speaks of acting responsibly and navigating difficult or challenging relationships.  It is a lesson that we must learn through patience and love. A lesson that teaches us that we’re all in this together and we need each other, our family is our primary support system.  The reading comes Off Path (“Ogbe Ose”) for Family (“Ogbe Meji”) meaning that we won’t always find it easy, yet it will rewarding if we work at it. We just need to find common ground and come to solutions to problems together. Remember that we don’t always have to agree to love each other. Recognize that each member of the family is navigating different challenges in their lives which to them is significant and we need to have empathy. The Ebbo (“offering”) is grapes (“Otura Ogbe”) which in the context of this reading symbolizes the family unit as shown by the grapes attached together by a vine.

I would also like to point out that in the Ifascope reading for the last week of March, we saw the energy shift into family matters, in that reading, it indicated the need for a time-out as things were heating up and it recommended meditation.

Light a tea candle and place a clear glass of cool water next to Orunmila, Take out the 16 Ikin in your hands, pray to Orunmila to guide you and your family. Then place the grapes in front of Orunmila. Keep the offering for several days, but check on it, remove them before they go bad. Love and Blessings!  Javier Lujan {Babalawo Ifajuitan}

See Also "What does it mean to be On Path or Off Path?"

What is the Icofa?

People always want to know: "What is the purpose of receiving your Icofa?" The answer is: This single hand of Orunmila, which is EXACTLY the same for either men or women, is a direct conduit to the energy of the Orisa of divination.  The energy of Orunmila might be equated to the General Practioner in medicine - It is Orunmila's knowledge of all that was and all that will be, that imparts a tremendous insight and power to those connected to it.  Other Orisa are more specific in their areas of energy, more like the specialists in medicine.  Because Ifa is so intimately connected with balance in our lives, the energy and wisdom of Orunmila is essential to achieve this...for only this overview can place the various parts in their correct order.

As the years roll by, and they have definitely done so, I become more and more convinced that, other than dealing with those emergency issues of our life ( illness, legal problems, new job, new birth etc ), that we are best served by paying the most attention to the broader, longer range divinations that impact our lives.  First and foremost is your Life Path Reading, which is the template for understanding ALL future readings with the exception of Orisa or Ifa initiation. Second, would be the monthly indications of your Icofa.

Each month gives us an accurate idea of just how we should consider, act upon, and react to the events of our everyday life. Many times these events will seem to contradict those things we are attempting to do...but such is NEVER the case. These are the implications, in a broader sense, of the meaning of events as they impact, or could impact, your everyday life.