“Icofa” - hand of Ọ̀rúnmìlà

The “Icofa” - hand of Ọ̀rúnmìlà is a spiritual tool that consists of 16 Ikin (palm nuts) and allows the Ifa student to deepen their relationship with Ọ̀rúnmìlà 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 wisdom and awareness than to stumble upon them half-hazard. Ọ̀rúnmìlà protect us from “death before our time” by helping us make wise choices in our lives. If you have the “Icofa” - hand of Ọ̀rúnmìlà, this reading is for you.

Abọru Abọye Àbósíse (Ah-boh-ruu Ah-boh-yay Ah-boh-she-shay)

Icofa Reading for June 2021


Dafá (Ifá Oracle Divination) revealed Ọ̀sẹ́Túrá (aka Ọ̀sẹ́ Òtúrá), an Odù that holds a special significance in Ifá for it marks the birth of Èṣù at the moment of creation; the universe is believed to have been created from the shattering of "Òyígíyigì" (translates to "stone of beginning.")

Ọ̀sẹ́Túrá speaks of the mysterious union between Ọṣun and Ọ̀rúnmìlà that brought equilibrium between the forces of Ìyáàmí and sixteen Ìrúnmọlẹ (spirits from the calabash of light), also known as the sixteen primordial Odù. It is here that Èṣù gets the praise name of Ọ̀dàrà (one that can do and undo), for it can leverage these powerful forces.

Èṣù Ọ̀dàrà stands at the intersection of these powerful forces. In a reading, when Ọ̀sẹ́Túrá appears as the principal energy, it means that you too find yourself at an intersection, and there lies the challenge, or "spiritual test." Can you, with access to these powerful forces, invoke them with good intentions?

You own your destiny, and you have "free-will" to choose your direction, but your actions should reflect Ìwa-Pẹ̀lẹ̀ (kind and gentle character) to be able to evolve spiritually. Note that being at an intersection, a position of "power" also draws a lot of attention to you.

The indication of Ibi (off-path) as indicated by Ògúndá Ọ̀wọ́nrín tells you that you're being watched with unflattering eyes. Jealousy and envy can disturb your well-being as shown by Oṣomina (aka Ọ̀sẹ́ Ogbè) for health. The reading cautions you to be careful of the company you keep and not draw too much attention to yourself. The so-called "evil eye" or negative energy directed at you, if intense enough, can pierce your aura and manifest as physical ailments.

It is good practice to spiritually clean yourself regularly, shield yourself with your spiritual tools, and avoid using them to retaliate; the use of your spiritual powers should always reflect good character.

Please make the following Ebó (sacrifice/offering) to your Icofa:

  • Cocoa Butter, as revealed by the senior Odù Ìká Mejì; the name itself means "wickedness" and points to the source of our spiritual power as well as the tremendous power of protection that it has when directed by a person of good character. The cocoa butter ensures that we use it with clarity and pure intentions.​

Light a white candle, burn sage or other space clearing herb; place a clear glass of water. Take 16 Ikin (palm nuts) into the cusp of your hands, share your breath by blowing on them three times, then bring them up to your forehead and chant a prayer to Ọ̀rúnmìlà. Then make the prescribe Ebó to the 16 Ikin. Most people have more than 16; take care of the remaining Ikin.

Note: When making offerings, always offer a taste to Èṣù/Ẹlégbá first who is the divined messenger and takes your prayers and offerings to their destination.

Blessings! … Oluwo Ifájuyìtán

"We talk to God through prayer; we listen through meditation."


The Ifá Foundation is dedicated to unlocking your life's potential through the timeless wisdom of the Ifá philosophy, which includes the veneration of ÒrìṣàAncestorsẸgbe Ọ̀rún, Orí, and Ìyáàmí (the primordial mothers.)


Through the spectrum of the 256 Sacred Odù, you will be guided on your destiny's path to grow from your life's experiences and ascend the spiritual ladder of Ìwa-Pẹ̀lẹ̀ (kind and gentle character.) Às̩e̩

See also:  Last Month's Icofa Reading

[Image Credit]  Ifa Divination Vessel: Female Caryatid (Agere Ifa), 17th–19th century.  - The Met Museum

Ebó Supplies:
Please visit our spiritual tools store for Ebó supplies:  SpiritualTools

Note: regarding prayers, while there are some known prayers that people recite, make sure it means something to you and that you understand what you’re saying, don’t just repeat words like a parrot. Feel free to adapt it to your specific needs and in the language that you feel most comfortable. Since I’m a priest, I choose to first say a prayer in Yoruba to honor the origins of Ifa but will follow it up in English.


Prayer to Ọ̀rúnmìlà:


Ọ̀rúnmìlà, ẹlẹ́ẹ̀rí-ìpín

Ibìkejì Olódùmarè


Obìrìtíi –A-p’ijọ́-ikú-dà

Olúwa mi, A-to-i-ba-j’ayé

Ọ̀rọ̀ à-bi-kú-j’igbo

Olúwa mi, Ajiki,

Ọ́gẹ̀gẹ̀ a-gb’ ayé-gún;

Odúdú ti ndú ori emèrè;

A-tún-orí-tí-ko sunwọ̀n ṣe,


Ọlọ́wa  Aiyẹrẹ,

Agiri ilé-Ilọ́gbọ́n;

Olúwa mi; àmọ̀ìmọ̀tán,

À kò mọ̀ Ọ tán kosẹ

À bá mọ̀ ọ́ tan ìbá ṣẹ kẹ.

Àjubà Akoda,

Àjubà Aseda.




English translation

Ọ̀rúnmìlà! A witness of fate,

Second to Olòdúmaré {God}

Thou art far more efficacious than medicine,

Thou the immense Orbit that averts the day of Death.

My Lord, Almighty to save,

The mysterious spirit that fought death.

To thee, salutations are first due in the morning,

Thou Equilibrium that adjusts World Forces,

Thou art the One whose exertion it is to reconstruct the creature of a bad lot;

Repairer of ill luck,

He who knows thee becomes Immortal.

Lord the un-deposable King,

Perfect in the house of Wisdom!

My Lord! Infinite in Knowledge!

For not knowing thee in full, we are futile.

Oh, if we could but know thee in full, all would be well with us.

I pay homage to Akoda (1st disciple of Ọ̀rúnmìlà who taught elders, divination)

I pay homage to Aseda (1st disciple of Ọ̀rúnmìlà who gave elders wise counsel)