June 27th - July 3rd, 2020

“Maintaining healthy energy connections.”

The Odù for this week is Ìrẹtẹ̀ Ọ̀sẹ́ and comes Ibi (Ọ̀sá Òtúrá) for your clan (family group) as indicated by Ìrẹtẹ̀ Mejì, and it extends beyond blood relatives; it includes friends, associates, and anyone that you’re closed to and have an “energy exchange.” We need to address unhealthy interactions with each other because it’s a detriment to the cohesiveness of the group.

Ìrẹtẹ̀ always has spiritual implications; it is the type of energy that drives us to better ourselves by applying constant pressure when it’s time to act. While the Odù, Ọ̀sẹ́ signifies “triumph” and “cleanliness” and it implies that we have the ability to overcome obstacles and mitigate challenges from adversaries so long as we remain pure at heart (good intentions.) Òrìṣà protects us and rewards us with Às̩e̩ (blessings, life-force) whenever we choose the path of Ìwa-Pẹ̀lẹ̀ (kind and gentle character.) The Ajogún (disruptive energies) bestow misery and obstruction whenever we stray too far to prod us back into our path.

Ìrẹtẹ̀ Mejì is concerned with resisting temptation, and this Odù came up for your clan (family group) in Ibi. Beware of people that don’t behave in the group’s best interests. The Ajogún (disruptive energies) are playing a role here; they are testing the strength of someone’s character with temptations to see if they make selfish choices or consider the needs and welfare of others.

The bonds that we have with one another allows for an “energy exchange.” For example, a parent intuitively knows when their child needs them because they share a deep connection, an energy cord that resembles an invisible umbilical cord.

We connect energetically to everyone we know this way, referred to as “etheric cords.” They are called etheric cords because they attach energetically to the subtle “etheric body” of another person, which is the part of the aura closest to the physical body. When connections are strong as it is with close friends and relatives, it is no coincidence that you think of them, and suddenly that person calls you on the phone.

Etheric cords can be supportive at times and detrimental other times. Have you ever had a conversation with someone you know and left feeling drained? That’s because there was an energy exchange, and energy is like water, always seeking balance. You can be sure that while you were left drained, the other person felt much better after speaking with you.

The problem with etheric cords is when someone becomes so toxic that it continually affects your well-being and even goes as far as piercing your aura and affect you on a physical level. Just because someone is part of your clan doesn’t mean they are good for you. Sometimes people harbor ill feelings (jealousy, resentment, envy) towards you that hurt you and hold you back without you even knowing it.

Traditionally, Ìrẹtẹ̀ Ọ̀sẹ́ speaks of bad “witchcraft” being done to you, but you don’t need to interpret it literally as someone that conjures up a spell on you. Anyone that directs negative energy towards you, whether intentionally or not, can harm you, and that can be construed as bad “witchcraft.” Ọ̀sẹ́ resembles a broken stick and is a reminder that no one is infallible, we are all vulnerable in many ways, especially to those that we’re opened to.

Ìrẹtẹ̀ Ọ̀sẹ́ is telling us that we need to rise above the petty arguments and avoid the urge to engage in gossip or be combative with those we disagree with; it’s not a good use of your time and takes you away from your destiny, what you’re here to do. It’s also essential that you keep your word, lest you compromise the honorable standing you already enjoy in your clan. So, be careful what you promise so that you don’t disappoint.

Ọ̀sẹ́ is associated with the sweet and flowing energy of Ọṣun, the Òrìṣà that manifests as joy, beauty, love, passion, and pleasure. Ìrẹtẹ̀ on the right-leg of the Odù is applying temporal pressure for you to think and come up with ideas. Ọ̀sẹ́ on the left-leg of the Odù is telling you how; that we should respond creatively. However, because we’re in Ibi, the inspiration to be inventive is not there.

We need to set healthy energy boundaries by doing some energy hygiene to remove etheric cords that are draining your energy or holding you back. Cutting an etheric cord does not mean that you’re cutting someone off from your life; you’re merely breaking a bad connection to allow for a healthier relationship to develop later, if at all. You may even find etheric cords to people that are no longer in your lives and to souls that have crossed over, yet these stale connections remain.

Ideally, you want a priest to do the cord-cutting, but that’s unnecessary; you can do this yourself or get someone to help you since some cords may be on your back. Start by doing space clearing by burning sage, palo santo, or other herbs; light a white candle; invoke Èṣù/Ẹlégbá, your guardian Òrìṣà and spirit guides for help and protection.

Think of the person that you feel is disrupting your energy, visualize the chords between each other. Note that they are usually many chords, and depending on the type of relationship, you may have attachments to various areas of your body. For example, someone with power over you may have an etheric chord into your solar plexus, which affects your will power; a friend may connect to you at the heart, mind, and throat.

Start by recalling your energy from that person and ask that the other person’s energy return to them before cutting the cord. Visualize grabbing the cord with one hand, then cutting the cord with the other, you can use a ritual knife if you have one, but simply visualizing a white light, knife or sword is enough. Then before you let go of the cord, visualize sealing the chord and let go. Run your hand slowly over that area (about 2” inches from the body) to heal and close off the hole that was left behind by the chord, you may feel heat or a tingling on your hands or in that area.

Finish off by visualizing a protective white light around you (like inside an egg) that acts as a protective shield and will only allow healthy and supportive energy connections. Thank Èṣù/Ẹlégbá, your guardian Òrìṣà and your spirit guides for their protection, then work on cleaning and strengthening your Orí to open up your destiny path.

The Ebó to your Orí (Òtúrá Ogbè) is “shea butter” (Ogbè Ògúndá), “coconut oil” (Ìrẹtẹ̀ Ogbè), and “orange slices” (Odí Òtúrúpọ̀n.)  Say a prayer with your intentions for better health, prosperity, and joy. Place the offering on the crown of your head and cover your head with a white or light-colored head covering.

Reminder: When making any Ebó (offerings), always offer a taste to Èṣù/Ẹlégbá first who is the divined messenger and takes your prayers and offerings to its destination.
Further Reading:
Last Week
Be sure to read the “Reading for 2020” throughout the year for reference.
Blessings! … Oluwo Ifájuyìtán
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