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, Iyanifa Vassa and Oluwo Fagbami 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.

Blessings,

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.

 

Reading for week of August 20th, 2016

 

"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.

The reading “Osa-Wori” comes “Off Path” (Otura Meji) indicating that we’re impeding our own success (Otura Meji) because we’re worrying and stressing over things to the detriment of our health and well-being (Otura Meji). We’ll need Esu to teach us to be better at adapting to changing circumstances when we’re under pressure.  Offer cool water (Otura Meji) to Esu to restore tranquility. The symbolism of water in the context of this reading is that water gets around everything on its path, water is not rigid, water adapts!

 It's worth noting that Otura Meji was cast 4 times during the reading. Last week it came out 3 times.

Love and Blessings!  Javier Lujan {Babalawo Ifajuitan}

 

Words of Wisdom...

There’s an old and endearing Pataki (story) associated with “Osa-Wori”, it speaks of competing interests and the importance of doing your Ifa work and not worrying about whether it will succeed.

It tells the story of the “vulture” and the villagers that wanted to eat him as they ate other birds.  “Osa-Wori” was cast for the “vulture” who was told to make an Ebbo (offering) of Kola nuts to Esu to prevent his enemies from eating him. The worried vulture heeded the advice and placed the Ebbo to Esu at the crossroads between heaven and earth.

The villagers who wanted to eat the vulture, pleaded with a shaman to go to heaven and ask Olodumare (God) if the vulture could be eaten like other birds. The shaman departed to heaven and on his way there he found the Kola nuts at the crossroads between heaven and earth, unbeknown to him that these were the Kola nuts that the vulture had offered to Esu. The shaman took the Kola nuts to later give to Olodumare when he got to heaven. When the shaman arrived, he was so happy to be in heaven, Olodumare thank him for the Kola nuts and invited him to stay.  

The worried vulture noticed that the Kola nuts were gone and asked Esu if the Ebbo had been accepted, Esu told the vulture, you’ll find your answer when you visit Olodumare, the vulture took Esu’s advise and went to see Olodumare. While there, Olodumare offered the vulture some Kola nuts, the vulture recognized them as the same ones he had offered Esu and proceeded to tell Olodumare his story and why he had made that Ebbo. Olodumare told the vulture to return to earth in peace, that his Ebbo had indeed been accepted. The villagers never saw the shaman again and thus never got their answer.

There’s a proverb that goes something like this… “If we don’t see the shaman, we cannot eat the vulture, the shaman is in heaven and the vulture is on earth”.

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.