“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 April 2021

Dafá (Ifá Oracle Divination) revealed Ọ̀sá’Túrá (aka Ọ̀sá Òtúrá) that say truthfulness is an essential part of Ìwa-Pẹ̀lẹ̀ (kind and gentle character), and Òrìṣà favors those that adhere to it. If this message sounds familiar, it is because it is the same Odù and message as last month's reading, reinforcing the notion that we still don't understand what is required of us to move forward. The indication of Ibi (off-path) for obstacles blocking our path further underscores that what stands in the way is misinformation. The area that we will find challenging this month is "Victory over difficulties" as revealed by Òtúrá Ogbè.

Truth is the essence of Ọ̀sá’Túrá, and we must be truthful with others and with ourselves. Furthermore, we should also not buy into falsehoods; it would be naïve to assume that everyone knows what they're talking about or that they will always be honest with you; a wise person takes a moment to questions things to get to the truth.

The Ibi was revealed by Òtúrá-Tutu (aka Òtúrá Òtúrúpọ̀n), a sign that reminds us that a prescribed Ebó (sacrifice/offering) must be completed entirely and timely. For my part, last month, I ordered Kola Nuts for my offering, and the vendor was not truthful and accepted the order even though they were out of stock; after a week of waiting, I had to order it from somewhere else and didn't get to make my offering until mid-month.

Ọ̀sá appears on the right-leg of the Odù, which is our temporal side, what we're consciously aware of at a given moment.

Ọ̀sá is the essence of the "wind" and is about the need to be flexible and adapt. The "wind" can also be unpredictable and quickly change directions, and that can rattle us. However, if we're "mindful" and don't overreact, we can see it as opportunities to better our lives. Change is only difficult when we resist; consider the tree that bends with the wind versus the tree that doesn't and ultimately breaks. Ọ̀sá tells us to welcome the strange and unfamiliar, for they bring a different perspective.

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. By staying calm and in the moment, we give ourselves a chance to tap into wisdom to make the correct choices instead of automatically responding in a knee-jerk fashion. Inner calm is something that we need to work on; I suggest daily 15-minute meditation at the start of your day. If you need help with this, let me know.

Please make the following Ebó (sacrifice/offering) to your Icofa: Create a mixture (paste) of the following three ingredients and use it to rub the Ikin.

If you have an Opele, you can rub it with this mixture; just clean off the excess.

  • Shea Butter as revealed by Ìdí Ọ̀sẹ́ for clarity and purity.

  • Coconut Oil as revealed by Ìdí Ọ̀sá for things to go smoothly.

  • Honey as revealed by Ọ̀sẹ́ Ọ̀yẹ̀kú for words to have sweetness and protection.

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

See also:  Last Month's Icofa Reading

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

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

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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