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“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 2023


Dafá (Ifá Oracle Divination) revealed Òtúrá-Egúntán (aka Òtúrá Ògúndá), and it calls for spiritual cleansing and dispersing of negative influences. The reading indicated Iré (on-path, blessings, good fortune) for overcoming difficulties after the cleansing.

The Iré (on-path, blessings, good fortune) was indicated again by Òtúrá-Egúntán (aka Òtúrá Ògúndá), the same Odù for the month.

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

"They did much evil to me. I am not tarnished; they cannot overcome me; they are cursing, swearing, and wishing me evil. Òtúrá-Egúntán said that I should not be afraid nor fear them. He promised to mend my ways so that I may live a better life. He said my life will be prosperous. It is Òtúrá-Egúntán who washed my head for me so that no curse, imprecation, charm, or spell will affect me."

One interpretation of the above ẹsẹ Ifá is that it calls for spiritual cleansing so that no negativity can block you or take you away from your destiny path. As this is the last Icofa reading for the year, you are preparing yourself to start the new year right.

Ìrẹtẹ̀ Mejì revealed "victory over difficulties," the 14th Odù in seniority, it has profound spiritual implications for someone on a spiritual path. It means "conquering good fortune," note that the word Iré (good fortune) is part of the name. Ìrẹtẹ̀ always applies pressure to get us to react in some positive way; in other words, it tells us to create our own good fortune. Moreover, Ìrẹtẹ̀ is a "calling card" to turn to spirituality for answers.

Ìrẹtẹ̀ is as much about "conquering good fortune" as the missteps and failures we encounter along the way; we stumble, we fall, but we must get up and keep moving forward and not look back; determination is the key to this Odù.

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

  • Omiero (a mixture of sacred herbs in water), as revealed by Ìrosùn Ọ̀sẹ́.

  • Shea Butter for purification and inner peace, as revealed by Òtúrá-Egúntán (aka Òtúrá Ògúndá); the same Odù came out three times in the reading.

  • Soak the 16 Ikin in the Omiero and rub the shea butter on them afterward. Do the same for the remaining Ikin.

  • After you complete the offering, use the remaining water from the Omiero to cleanse yourself, specifically your Orí, on the crown of your head. Then rub some shea butter on your Orí.

How to prepare Omiero: fill a large bowl with fresh cool water and add the "16 sacred herbs" to soak; you may add a bit of honey, flower petals, shea butter, and coconut oil if you like, cover it with saran wrap and placed it in the sun for a while to charge. Remember that your calm, positive intentions are essential when making Omiero; say a prayer to Èṣù and Ọ̀rúnmìlà before soaking your Ikin.

Note: the 16 herbs are not for consumption. You can get these through our online store.

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 divine 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)

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