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 December 2016

The reading for the month of December 2016 is curiously very similar to the reading in November. You may recall that we said that the key to success during November was in teamwork and collaboration, not going at it alone, to be inclusive, patient and calm. We also said that in all likelihood we were going to get rattled, annoyed and lose our cool. Apparently we still having some problems with that this month.

The Odu that was cast for December is “Obara Oturopon”, a strong male sign that when it comes “Off Path” (“Ogbe Ika”) as it does this month, it’s indicative of character issues whether the energy is coming from us or being directed at us.  In any case, we can only control our own behavior and minimize the effect that other’s behavior have on us.

Note that when we say male energy, we really mean “hot, extroverted and forceful energy” –vs- female energy which mean “cool, introverted and supportive energy”. We’re always looking for a balance of both. 

The reading mainly focuses on family (“Otura Meji”) indicating a disruption of peace. In this case, family would also include people you work with, your work family if you will. Interestingly, this week’s Ifascope reading also pointed to too much male energy.

In order to reduce the heat and balance the male/female energy for the month, we need to offer “Shea Butter” (“Obara Otura”) and “Olive Oil” (“Iroso Ogbe”). Create a mixture of the two and offer it to your Ikin.

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 restore harmony. Rub the “Shea Butter” and “Olive Oil” mixture on the 16 Ikin.  Then rub the mixture on the remaining Ikin.
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.