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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 November 2021

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Dafá (Ifá Oracle Divination) revealed Òtúrá-Tutu (aka Òtúrá Òtúrúpọ̀n) for November with Iré (on-path, blessings) for relationships. However, this is an Odù that emphasizes accountability for our actions and following through with whatever we start, including Ebó (sacrifice/offering).

Òtúrá-Tutu also speaks of purity and cleanliness of "body, mind, and soul"; this message is conveyed in the following Patakí (oral narrative or parable).

Obàtálà Ọ̀ṣẹẹrẹ̀-Igbó was warned when he was leaving Ìrànjè (heaven) for this world, that palm wine must never come in contact with the white cloth (a reference to maintaining purity and clarity.) To mitigate temptation would require Ebó (sacrifice/offering) upon descending into this world: a piece of white cloth, twenty thousand cowries, and a snail. He heard but unfortunately did not get to complete the Ebó; temptation led him to partake in palm wine and become inebriated; he tripped, and the wine spilled all over his white clothes. He eventually regained his composure, completed the Ebó, and vowed in shame never to indulge in it again.

The message above applies to everyone, of course. Still, it's a particularly dire warning for those suffering from substance abuse because the temptation to indulge would be more significant this month. It is recommended that we wear mostly white-colored clothes as a reminder to live clean lives.

Those of you who have Obàtálà as your guardian Òrìṣà are also more susceptible to mind-altering substances, the reason that it is Èèwò (taboo) for you. Remember that Obàtálà rules over the mind.

Also, since the reading focuses on improving relationships, we need to be more empathetic and accept that even good people make mistakes; support the people in your life with love and sound advice, don't criticize to shame them. The emphasis on relationships was indicated by the most senior Odù, ÈjìOgbè (aka Ogbè Mejì).

ÈjìOgbè means to lift both hands to heaven and receive both the good and the bad. The significance of that statement is that we need perspective to understand and appreciate life. The analogy is that we can't see in the dark, but neither when we look directly into the light. So, accept the mixed bag of blessings and challenges and learn from them.

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

Òtúrá is a peaceful and gentle energy. This inner peace keeps us spiritually attuned to our destiny, making us more aware of the world around us. When the mind is quiet and we have peace of mind, we're more likely to consider the consequences of our actions and advance our destinies.

Òtúrá amplifies our desires, and therefore, it is considered Èèwò (taboo) to wish anyone harm or to think or speak of them negatively (criticizing); this is because we may cause bad things to manifest or create an opposition that will disrupt our peace of mind.

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

The name Òtúrúpọ̀n is made up of the words Òtú, which means endurance while pọ̀n is about manifesting truth. In essence, it refers to the strength of your character when faced with new responsibilities and challenges. The inclination may be to run away, but if you stand your ground and face it, you will be pleasantly surprised at what you're capable of; you will discover your inner strength and gain more confidence.

Ogbè’Gúndá (aka Ogbè Ògúndá) is the Odù that revealed Iré (on-path, blessings); keep an open mind about work opportunities presented to you at this time, it could prove financially rewarding.

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

  • "White cloth" as indicated by senior Odù, Ìdí Mejì (aka Odí Mejì). Place the white cloth on your shrine for Ọ̀rúnmìlà.

Ìdí Mejì is symbolized by the "buttocks," the meeting of equals, it deals with issues of "comfort" and "discomfort." The Odù manifests differently in Iré (on-path, good fortune) versus Ibi (off-path). In Iré, as it is this month, we exercise the right amount of restraint and can sit quietly and observe; In Ibi, we are too anxious and can't sit still, or we become too complacent and don't react at all.

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."

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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

[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:

Yoruba

Ọ̀rúnmìlà, ẹlẹ́ẹ̀rí-ìpín

Ibìkejì Olódùmarè

A-jẹ-́ju-oògùn

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,

A-mọ-i-kú.

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)