Weekly Ifascope

The process of divination is to open the channels of communication between the meta-intellect of the Universe and ourselves. The skilled Diviner will utilize his or her experiential connection to this energy to tap into that ocean of knowledge for those that they are divining for. To be most effective, the energy should be a three way triangulation...Ifa priest, Client and Orunmila (meta-intellect). The Ifascope that the Foundation has presented each week for more than a decade, is a broader scope connection. The Ifascope is designed for a general understanding of the effective energy necessary for those that share our World View to most successfully navigate the path towards their fulfilling their Destiny. It is both accurate and effective - it will smooth the bumps and improve your life, but it is not meant to replace one on one divination. When serious issues of a career, love, health, children etc. must be dealt with, ONLY a one on one divination with a skilled Diviner can guarantee the right answers and solutions. At the Ifa Foundation, Oluwo Philip Neimark and Iyanifa Vassa are available for personal divinations via phone, e-mail, or in person at our various workshops.

Each week I divine for the most probable path that will lead us towards our Destiny. These paths reflect certain energies that are indicated for us to successfully traverse the two sides of our energy matrix. While each energy applies specifically to either the temporal or spiritual/emotional components, do NOT make the mistake of thinking they are not interrelated.  Ifa, unlike the Western world view, never examines any situation without understanding and integration with the whole of our lives.


 Oluwo Philip Neimark


This week's Ifascope Reading is brought to you by our long time friend Javier Lujan {Ifajuitan}, an Osun priest and babalawo since 1998.

 The Ifascope is posted weekly on Thursday evening.

Reading for week of August 27th - September 2nd, 2016

Last week we had a bit of trouble adapting to changing situations, an otherwise highly auspicious time was marred by worrying. It was like tripping over your own foot, no one to blame but yourself. This week we regained our footing and the reading comes in good fortune I’m happy to say, it shows us conquering our fears and being more assertive.

The reading “Eji-Ogbe” comes “On Path” (Idi-Ogbe) indicating a prosperous and promising time as it relates to family (Otura Meji). Family would also include your dearest friends. This is the time that children and young people go back to school so it’s especially significant for them as they would be more confident when they go back into the world. The reading points to a time of knowledge, peace and prosperity. An opportune time to start a new project, especially if it involves family.

Eji-Ogbe (also known as Ogbe Meji) is regarded as the father of all Odus. In the fixed order of the 256 Odus, it occupies the first position. It is the beginning, the big bang where all things are born. It is a strong male (extroverted) energy that makes easier for us to be more assertive. Orunmila has blessed us with this good fortune and who we should thank. Offer Orunmila “shea butter” along with a prayer to show your appreciation (read below “the power of prayer”). In the context of this reading, shea butter represents purity in our thoughts, a calm and balanced mind. It goes to show that when you stop worrying and have good thoughts, your life improves dramatically.

We usually light 1 candle, this week let’s do 2 candles to represent Eji-Ogbe, place a clear glass of cool water in front of your Ikin (Icofa) and the offering of shea butter. Say your prayer, then take 16 Ikin and rub the shea butter on them.  If you don’t have an Icofa with 16 Ikin to represent Orunmila, improvise …look for something else in nature to represent it for now. Orunmila will understand your intention, so for instance, get 16 small sticks and make a pile, place the shea butter in front of it.

Remember that you don’t need to be initiated to have an Icofa (16 Ikin), you can have one made at the Ifa Foundation, and I highly recommend it as it will enhance your intuition and bring you more wisdom, and that goes a long way in helping you make good choices in your life.

Spiritual Tools: The Icofa (often referred to as the “Hand of Orunmila”) always contains at least 16 Ikin. A personal “Path Reading” is done at the time is consecrated.

Love and Blessings!  Javier Lujan {Babalawo Ifajuitan}


Words of Wisdom...

The power of prayer... the best way to pray is to keep it simple and genuine, you don’t really need some elaborate ritual to make the connection, you can of course but it’s not really practical when you consider our busy lives, and being busy should not be the reason why you don’t pray. You can always find a quiet moment in your day, if only for a couple of minutes. Go for a walk if you need that extra time for yourself. Remember that you can pray anytime and anyplace because you don’t even need to say it out loud, it’s just as effective to pray in your thoughts, I do it all the time. More importantly, you don’t even need to memorize a prayer, let it come from the heart and pray like if you were having a private conversation with someone, not like if you were reading from a book. You’ll also make a stronger connection if you can visualize the outcome of what you’re praying for.

Visualization takes practice because when we communicate, we often rely solely on spoken words.  So imagine for a moment that in front of you is a person that doesn’t speak your language and somehow you’ll need to convey what you need to this person through pictures. What pictures would you show? …Practice doing visualization, each time you pray, add more details to your vision to reinforce it. Just be careful you don’t limit your options by having a too narrow view.

Why is it important to pray regularly?  As Ifa followers, just like when you do an Ebbo (offering), it strengthen you bond with the Orisas. You want to have an ongoing dialogue. Just remember to not just pray when you need or want something, pray to show gratitude too, you should always say thanks when things are going well for you.

Who should we pray to? While you can pray to any of the Orisas, keep in mind that you have a guardian Orisa that’s there to help you navigate your life experiences.  This connection is strongest and should be your primary resource. Even if you’re not initiated, the guardian Orisa is still there for you to guide you. Initiation is where the guardian Orisa is crowned on your head to make the bond even stronger. Your guardian Orisa is determined via divination.

What to pray for? Avoid trivial things. Think of it in terms of having a wise being that you can always turn to for guidance to help you navigate the experiences in your life. Some people may be disappointed to learn that it’s not wishing well where you make a wish then sit back to wait for a miracle. It doesn’t work quite that way. You need to be part of the solution, you need to be empowered! This is your life to live after all. The main point I want you to take away from this is, “don’t ask to be taken care of …ask for guidance, wisdom and support”.

This analogy will further your understanding, “You are in the driver’s seat of your vehicle on a road trip to your destination and find that you need help with navigation so that you don’t get lost. You also want to be warned of danger to get there safely. You still want to visit all the places you planned on seeing, but at same time you want to avoid the bad part of town, the road blocks, potholes, and so on”.

We don’t always know what’s good for us …We think we know what we want, but that’s not necessarily what we need, so when asking for something, always say “If it’s for my greater good”.

Finally, learn to listen! It’s not a one-way conversation, pray then pause to listen, messages will come to you, not in spoken words, but in the form of pictures in your mind’s eye. It takes practice to recognize messages from the Orisas. But once you become attune to them, the easier they will come.

Love and Blessings!  Javier Lujan {Babalawo Ifajuitan}

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


The world is forever changing, if we don’t change with it, we’ll get left behind.  Nothing sinister about that, it’s just the reality. The challenge of learning to adapt has always been with us since the dawn of time. Adaptation goes beyond survival, it allows us to thrive, so don’t resist change, embrace it. This week you’ll find yourself dealing with unexpected changes which will make you feel uneasy and unsure of yourself. It really should be an auspicious time but we don’t see it that way because we’re too worry about what’s happening around us.