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 September 2016

Orunmila is advising us during the month of September to act with good character, meaning doing what we know is right. Moderation in all our undertakings is stressed. The implication is that things can go very wrong in our personal relationships (Irete Ogbe) as well as impact the success of our work and/or projects (Irete Ogbe) if we don’t. Upside down thinking is where we get tempted and ignore our best judgment, the repercussion is that it will eventually blow up in our face. At lot will depend on you and the strength of your character. So be vigilant for any conflicts of interest. Question your thinking …How does it affect your personal relationships? Your work and/or projects?

“Upside down thinking as the reading implies, always means we got it wrong so remember the following: STOP, THINK, and then GO”.

The Odu cast was “Owani Ose” and comes “Off Path” (Otura Meji) because we are more likely than not to have a weak moment and go astray. To strengthen our character, offer Orunmila “shea butter” (Otura Meji). In the context of this reading, shea butter represents purity in our thoughts, a calm and balanced mind. Otura Meji was cast for both “Off Path” and for the “Ebbo” to correct it, Ashe!

Do not be afraid of warnings, the beauty of divination is that we can be warned of potential problems ahead so that we’re better prepared to deal with them.  The month will go well if you heed the warnings.

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 strengthen your character and be more thoughtful, rub the shea butter on the Ikin.  Then rub the shea butter on any 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.