“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 2021


Dafá (Ifá Oracle Divination) revealed Ìrosù-Ọ̀sẹ́ (aka Ìrosùn Ọ̀sẹ́) for December with Iré (on-path, good fortune, blessings) for Relationships, the same area emphasized as last month; an excellent time to strengthen bonds and rekindle friendships. So reach out to others, socialize and make new friends.

Ìrosù-Ọ̀sẹ́ tells us that the path of Ìwa-Pẹ̀lẹ̀ (kind and gentle character) is not an easy one. Life is good, but it can also be painful and challenging at times, and this tests our character; in a moment of weakness, we may revert to bad behavior and undo our spiritual progress. Therefore, having the proper counsel to advise you during difficult times is essential, and the blessing of Iré for relationships means that you can count on those close to you to do just that.

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

Ìrosùn is the energy of endurance and caution; "measure twice, cut once" so we don't make mistakes. It asks that we pause and think about what we're doing. We don't need to rush; it's more important to get it right to avoid setbacks.

Ìrosùn, also known as Olósùn, is a reference to a spiritual force called Òòsùn that listens to what flows from our consciousness. The inner voice that alerts us when our desires don't reflect good character and when bad intentions or wrong choices will ultimately get us into trouble. Therefore, it implies that "good fortune" can be ours so long as we listen to our inner voice and take control of our thoughts.

Òòsùn (aka Ozun or Osun) is represented by a small chalice that must be kept upright; it has a rooster on top with four bells. The symbolism of a rooster is that it's ever watchful and stands guard of your Orí (your consciousness) that guides your destiny.

In nature, Ìrosùn represents the rivers that flow through the landscape to sustain life. In the human body, it is symbolic of the bloodstream and menstrual flow. Spiritually, it represents our ancestors, the continuation of our bloodline. Ancestor veneration is essential to spiritual health, as much as caring for the rivers in nature that sustain life.

Ọ̀sẹ́ appears on the left-leg of the Odù, the preconscious side that shows the potential of how we're likely or should respond.

Ọ̀sẹ́ is the creative process that inspires us to achieve great things; it is an energy of exploration and experimentation. As an Odù associated with Ọṣun, the five senses are enticed by beauty and pleasure, the joys of life. Ọṣun makes us inquisitive and beckons us to experience life. The blessings of relationships this month will ensure that we enjoy the company of others.

Ọ̀sẹ́ has the qualities of "water in motion," like water flowing down a stream, adapting to the changing environment, following a path of least resistance; this versatility, however, is not a weakness; water's gentle touch can still wear down a huge boulder that obstructs the way. Therefore, we must constantly adapt to changing circumstances.

Ìká Ogbè is the Odù that indicated the blessings of Relationships. Be patient and compassionate with others and respect others' viewpoints even if you disagree. Offer support without being critical.

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

  • Olive Oil, as indicated by Ọ̀sá Mejì to smooth any friction with others and cope with the volatility of changing situations.

  • Honey, as revealed by Ìrẹtẹ̀ Òtúrá to add sweetness to your life.

  • Coconut Shavings, as indicated by Ọ̀wọ́nrín Ògúndá to keep situations calm.

Rub the Olive Oil and Honey on the 16 Ikin, then add the Coconut Shavings.

Note:  check the Ifascope reading for the first week of November as it also calls for Ebó (sacrifice/offering) to Ọ̀rúnmìlà. You can make the offerings together; it calls for a "pear" and "shea butter."

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

Light a white candle, burn sage or other space clearing herb; 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; most people have more than 16 Ikin; separately, rub the offering on 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

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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)