Icofa (hand of Orunmila)

An in depth look at the energy for the month that will help you navigate and get the most of it. 
This month's Icofa Reading is brought to you Oluwo Ifajuitan


Icofa Reading for August 2018

If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please- Epictetus

For those not familiar, the “Icofa” is a spiritual tool that consists of 16 Ikin (palm nuts) and allows the Ifa student to deepen their relationship with Orunmila in order to gain greater insights and wisdom. Each of us has a unique spiritual path that we must follow, and it benefits us tremendously to approach life lessons and challenges with greater wisdom and awareness than to stumble upon them half-hazard. That is why Orunmila is known to protect us from “death before our time” for we are able to approach challenges with wisdom.  If you have the “Icofa”, this reading is for you.

The Odu for August is “Otura Irete” and comes in iré (“On Path”) strongly for success in our endeavors. The indication is that we’re using wisdom in our everyday affairs and recognize the need for moderation. 

Interestingly, the Icofa reading calling on “moderation” carries a similar theme to this week’s Ifascope warning about temptation leading us into trouble.

The Ebbo (offering) is “olive oil” (“Owani Iroso”) to keep things running smoothly.

Light a white candle and place a clear glass of spring water.  Take the 16 Ikin into the cusp of your hands, share your breath by blowing on them 3 times, then bring them up to your forehead and silently say a prayer to Orunmila. Then make the Ebbo by rubbing the olive oil on the 16 Ikin. Most people with an Icofa have extra Ikin, you can then rub the olive oil on the remaining Ikin

Love and Blessings!  Javier Lujan {Oluwo 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.





At theend of the dayI’m at peace because my intentionsare good and my heart is pure” – unknown.

Peace of mind is at the source our happiness so I’m delighted that themonth ofJune 2017brings the promise of improving health for our bodies and minds.  The Odu cast is “Ika Otura” and speaks of rebirth, reset or a fresh start. It signals a change in fortune (“Ose Iwori”), for the better because anytime we’re not stuck and are moving, we’re living life!... there’s a strong emphasis on health (“Otura Meji”) indicating harmony. The Ebbo (offering) to Orunmila is Fruit (“Otura Meji”). Whenever a reading calls for fruit, it’s a reminder to rest and enjoy the harvest. In the context of this reading, it’s signifies that an old cycle is ending and new growing cycle is starting up.

This is a good time to have some “Me” time - quality time by yourself to recharge your energies.

Light a tea candle and place a clear glass of cool water next to Orunmila. Take out the 16 Ikin in your hands, place the fruit in front of Orunmila and pray for inner peace and harmony