December 9th – 15th, 2023
Dafá (Ifá Oracle Divination) revealed Òfún-Egúntán (aka Òfún Ògúndá) for this week. Fortunately, it comes with Iré (on-path, good fortune), which warns you to be vigilant of the people you associate with. These people exhibit poor judgment or bad character or make unreasonable demands and don't tell you the truth, which could lead to problems and loss of reputation.
The reading for this week refers you to the following Patakí (oral narrative or parable) as the "take-away" wisdom for this week's reading.
"Oṣupajerejere (dazzling moon), the diviner of Onibara, divined for Onibara, who was asked to sacrifice a ram and twenty-two hundred cowries so that he would not get into trouble because of a harlot. Onibara offered no sacrifice. He said, what kind of trouble could he get from a harlot; he is the king of a nation?
The story of Onibara after he refused to offer the sacrifice: In the year that Ifá was divined for Onibara, a woman came from a foreign land to marry him. The woman was a harlot. Many people who had known her and those who had heard something about her came to warn him not to marry that woman.
Onibara, being a king, rejected the advice and warnings that people gave him. He refused to neglect the woman because she was beautiful and greatly admired her beauty. The thought of this woman so occupied the king's mind that he could not refuse or alter the woman's requests. The woman told the king that she did not eat anything except meat, so he killed all the fowl, sheep, and goats he had for the woman's sake.
Then, the king started to set traps for the fowl, sheep, and goats that he could get to enter his palace. When the owner of a hen, a goat, or a sheep came searching for it the next day, the king would say that the owner was calling him a thief.
When there were no more hens, sheep, or goats in the neighborhood, the kind had to think of another way to get meat for the woman. So he went to receive a medicine by which people change themselves into tigers. After that, the king went out every evening to the posts where sheep or goats were tied for slaughter and carried them away.
Eventually, the people became tired of the worries that the tiger was causing by killing their livestock. The hunters in the neighborhood watched and shot the tiger with a bow and arrow as it was running along; it fell right in front of Onibara's house in the evening, during moonlight. When the day broke, Onibara was found in the tiger's skin; all the knives he had used to pierce the victims were in his hands, and the animal he had killed was beside him. It surprised the people to see that their king had had such a bad habit and brought shame. Therefore, they quickly found a place to bury him secretly. Since then, when a tiger is killed, its face is covered up, and it will be carried to a secret spot before it is skinned; that is why a tiger is called the king.
Proverb: Despite its wickedness, a tiger has asked people not to leave its face uncovered."
Ìdí-Rosù (aka Ìdí Ìrosùn) revealed Iré (on-path, good fortune), indicating an increase in popularity and being in the spotlight.
ÈjìOgbè (aka Ogbè Mejì), the most senior Odù in the order of 256, revealed "victory over difficulties"; this is an excellent opportunity to break through any problems or obstacles that may have impeded you recently.
Òrìṣà Ògún will help you overcome challenges and obstacles; this was revealed by Ọ̀bàràbogbè (aka Ọ̀bàrà Ogbè). The Odù speaks of great respect and honor for those who faithfully follow Ifá's guidance (e.g., divination); set aside any doubts you may have; consider getting a personal reading to start the year right.
Please make the following Ebó (sacrifice/offering) to Ògún.
Olive oil, as revealed by Òtúrá-Oríkọ̀ (aka Òtúrá Ogbè), to gain more confidence and smooth over any friction from others who may not understand you.
Have a good week!
General Reminder: When making any Ebó (offerings), always offer a taste to Èṣù 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."
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