“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 December 2022


Dafá (Ifá Oracle Divination) revealed Ìdí Òtúrá, an Odù that speaks about healthy living and growing our food because, on an energetic level, the love, respect, and care that we devote to the food we consume, elevates our spiritual energy. "You are what you eat," as they say.

The energetic level of meats and animal products (e.g., eggs), in particular, always reflects the humane treatment, or lack of it, that these animals experience throughout their lives. So, if you eat meat, chicken, or dairy, choose solely from humanely cared animals. At the very least, you should thank the animal you're about to consume.

The reading for this month cautions against overindulgence as it will have an adverse effect on your digestive system (Odí is symbolized by the buttocks) and your cardiovascular system. The emphasis is more pronounced in the second half of the month.

Ìwòrì’wọ́nrín (aka Ìwòrì Ọ̀wọ́nrín) revealed Ibi (off-path, struggle).

Ìrosù-Eguntan (aka Ìrosùn Ògúndá) revealed health as the area of concern.

The reading for this week refers you to the following ẹsẹ Ifá (Ifá Divination verse) as the "take-away" wisdom for this week's reading.

"Alárá (the king) was warned that Ọkọ́ (the spade) was the only one that cared for the Earth and his people would soon scatter. Alárá was advised to make Ebó (sacrifice/offering) so that they would all come together for the Earth's sake; Alárá heard and made the sacrifice, they reunited, and they prospered."

One interpretation of the above ẹsẹ Ifá is that unless we take care of our world, it cannot take care of us.


On a mundane level, it could refer to "cultivating" relationships (e.g., interacting with them regularly and not taking them for granted). Furthermore, it could mean supporting your community (e.g., organizations that you belong to, your inner circle of family and friends, etc.) because they may not be there one day without your support.

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

  • Cocoa Butter, as revealed by Ìdí Ọ̀wọ́nrín.

Light a white candle, burn sage or other space-clearing herbs; and 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. Say the Odù of your Icofa three times, or if you're an Ifá priest, the Odù of your path. Make the offering on the 16 Ikin; most people have more than 16 Ikin; separately, address 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

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)