For those not familiar, the “Icofa” (hand of Orunmila) 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.

Icofa Reading for November 2018 

Knowledge without wisdom is like water in the sand

This month we’re under the influence of “Òfún Ìrẹtẹ̀”.  The Odu Òfún on the temporal side of the energy matrix brings wisdom to our everyday endeavors and urges us to continue to apply this wisdom to our emotional/spiritual side as indicated by Ìrẹtẹ̀, as it’s never enough to be just knowledgeable, we need to be wise and listen to our instincts, that gut feeling we get when something doesn’t feel quite right.

The reading indicates that those that have an Icofa are doing very well in applying their wisdom and incorporating spirituality into their everyday lives as indicated by being On Path (Ọ̀wọ́nrín Òtúrá). The Icofa is a very stabilizing influence in our lives and I strongly urge folks to have this initiation to mitigate the temporal disruptions and emotional ups and downs that we experience each day. The Icofa is supporting our emotional health (Ogbe Ọ̀wọ́nrín) now by helping to be more open to new experiences and by releasing those emotional blocks or baggage that hold us back.

The Ebbo (offering) to your Ikin is “coconut oil” (Òtúrá Méji) to ensure that we continue to be at peace.

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 coconut oil on the 16 Ikin. Most people with an Icofa have extra Ikin, you can then rub the coconut 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 purpose of receiving your Icofa?

The answer is: This single hand of Ọ̀rúnmìlà, which is EXACTLY the same for either men or women, is a direct conduit to the energy of the Òrìṣà of divination.  The energy of Ọ̀rúnmìlà might be equated to the General Practioner in medicine - It is Ọ̀rúnmìlà’s knowledge of all that was and all that will be, that imparts a tremendous insight and power to those connected to it.  Other Òrìṣàs 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 Ọ̀rúnmìlà 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 (e.g. 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 Òrìṣà 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 atthe source our happiness so I’m delighted that themonth ofJun2017brings the promise of improving health for our bodiesand minds.  The Oducast 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