October 10th - 16th 2020
Dafá (Ifá Oracle Divination) revealed Ọ̀kànràn Òtúrá for this week in Iré (on-path, good fortune) as indicated by Òtúrúpọ̀n Ìká; but it’s not strong Iré, meaning that we can’t just coast through the week; it’s still going to take a certain amount of effort for things to go smoothly. Nevertheless, it’s a blessing of good fortune, and everything should work out.
Ọ̀kànràn Òtúrá gives us a cautionary tale, a Patakí (oral narrative or parable) about avoiding quarrels with family and friends. It denotes we should resolve conflicts peacefully. In the story, Ifá warned the snake that if he continued to engage in disputes, he would end up with no friends among relatives. He was told to make Ebó (sacrifice/offering) of a “poison arrow” and forgo any more animosity; the snake heard the wisdom of the oracle but refused, for it was his nature. Consequently, snakes have never been friendly to each other.
Incidentally, after casting the divination, I went for a walk on a bike trail. As I was deep in thought, I was startled by a garden snake that crossed right in front of my feet; I took that to mean that I should include the story above about this week’s Odù.
Ọ̀kànràn appears on the right-leg of the Odù, which is our temporal side, what we’re consciously aware of at a given moment.
Ọ̀kànràn means “what flows from the heart (ọkan = heart),” a reference to your conscience. It urges you to look deep into your heart and see if you harbor any resentment or wicked thoughts? “wickedness begets more wickedness.” Are your intentions always pure and sincere? Sometimes we’re on “autopilot” and don’t realize we’re doing it.
Ọ̀kànràn implies trouble ahead, the presence of enemies or detractors in your path that may irritate you. You should look at this positively as a challenge to respond in a manner that reflects Ìwa-Pẹ̀lẹ̀ (kind and gentle character). Remember that, however ignorant, malicious, or evil another person may be, wishing them misfortune or exploiting an opportunity to take punitive actions only invites the same fate.
Òtúrá appears on the left-leg of the Odù, the preconscious side that shows the potential of how we’re likely or should respond.
Òtúrá is a peaceful and gentle energy that's mainly concerned with our character's perfection. It does this by keeping us spiritually attuned to our destiny, but we must remain calm and grounded.
We must counter enmity and ignorance with peace and wisdom. Keep in mind that it’s not about winning an argument; that’s an ego need. It’s about enlightenment, giving someone another point of view to consider. But you must do so calmly so that they don’t dig their heels and become defensive. If you can elevate the conversation, great, else don’t take it personally and walk away. You always need to be conscious of the effect that a person’s bad character has on you to not sink to their level. That said, you also have to be open to the reality that you could be in the wrong.
“When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.” ~ Carl G. Jung
Our lives often run on “autopilot,” unaware of how much our thoughts and bias are directly influencing our destinies, particularly when we’re under stress or feel provoked. We tend to react to situations in a knee-jerk fashion and don’t understand why, yet we don’t question it and miss an opportunity to explore what drives us and whether such an automatic response still serves us well. Pent-up emotions like resentment, fear, and anger often surface this way.
This week, Ifá tells us that much of what happens to us is “not fate,” but a direct consequence of our own thoughts and actions. This is an excellent week to make a concerted effort to understand ourselves better and focus on destiny.
Think of “destiny” as a sort of navigation map imprinted on the crown of your head, the Orí (your consciousness); a plan that leads to experiences that the soul desires for developing Ìwa-Pẹ̀lẹ̀ (kind and gentle character). The latent potential for growth that each experience offers exists with each choice we make in life; so, we must avoid the “autopilot” scenario and be mindful of what we’re doing to get the most out of our time in the Ayé (the physical realm).
This week you need to connect with your Orí as revealed by the 13th Odù, Òtúrá Mejì. The Iré is for your destiny, also indicated by Òtúrá Mejì.
Please make Ebó (sacrifice/offering) to your Orí of honey (Ọ̀sá Ògúndá) so that you don’t harbor bitterness towards anyone.