September 18th – 24th, 2021
Dafá (Ifá Oracle Divination) revealed the Odù, Ìkágbè (aka Ìká Ogbè) for this week, a continuation from the past two weeks where we also had to pacify our Òrì (consciousness). It is an Odù that speaks of respect, being valued for being ourselves, and allowing us to explore our unique destinies.
Think of "destiny" as a sort of navigation map imprinted on the crown of your head where the Orí (your consciousness) resides; a plan that leads to experiences that your soul desires for spiritual growth. When the Orí is strong, no one can drag you down, but when it's weak or damaged, it's like being lost in a maze. The Orí is always vulnerable to the strong will of others who may impose beliefs, criticism, and opinions on you; this is more apparent when you're younger and impressionable. However, toxic relationships have the same effect.
Oṣomina (aka Ọ̀sẹ́ Ogbè) is the Odù that indicated Ibi (off-path) and warns of bad influences or being around negative people that disturb your mind and drag you down.
Òfún Ogbè is the Odù that emphasize relationships as the area that needs attention. So this is a time to reassess who supports you and who is causing you distress. It doesn't mean that you should end relationships. On the contrary, it calls on you to speak up and find healthier ways to interact with one another; sometimes, the people in our lives don't even realize how they impact us until we tell them.
Ìká appears on the right-leg of the Odù, which is our temporal side, what we're consciously aware of at a given moment.
Ìká empowers you to act with confidence and use your influence to get what you want. However, we need to be careful here; Ìká is a fiery and turbulent energy that needs to be channeled with good character. Whenever we use our will, we need to be mindful that it doesn't harm others.
The word "Ìká" literally means "finger," and culturally speaking, pointing your finger at someone is highly provocative and hostile. Furthermore, it has to do with the power of our words, so be mindful of giving criticism; it is acceptable so long as it's constructive and wanted. It goes both ways; you may be on the receiving end of someone's critique, which can cause friction.
Ogbè appears on the left-leg of the Odù, the preconscious side that shows the potential of how we're likely or should respond.
Ogbè is an expansive type of energy that can manifest as new opportunities when in Iré (on-path). However, because it comes with Ibi (off-path), it's just too much information to process at once, and indecisiveness can set in, leaving us frozen in place. So if people are making you feel overwhelmed, appease your Orí. As Ogbè is an Odù associated with Obàtálà, the key is to remain detached to maintain inner harmony; this allows us to apply reason to any situation.
The reading indicates that we must pacify our Òrì as revealed by Òtúrá Ìwòrì.
Please make the following Ebó (sacrifice/offering) to Òrì.
Cocoa Butter, as indicated by Ìrẹtẹ̀ Ogbè; rub it on the crown of your head.
Rosewater (flower infused water), as indicated by Ògúndá Òtúrá. You can put it in a spray bottle and use it to spray around your head whenever your Òrì needs to cool down.
General 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 their destination.
Blessings! … Oluwo Ifájuyìtán
"We talk to God through prayer; we listen through meditation."
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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