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WEEKLY IFASCOPE

July 20th – 26th, 2024

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This week's Dafá (Ifá Oracle Divination) reveals Òtúrá Mejì with a message of Ibi (off-path). It advocates a holistic approach, emphasizing alignment of the mind, body, and soul to cultivate inner peace, physical health, and spiritual harmony with one's destiny. Neglecting any one of these can lead to life challenges, as indicated by Ibi.

Holistic living is about integrating spirituality, mind, and body, recognizing their importance and interconnectedness. Spirituality provides meaning and guiding principles, while a healthy mind enhances understanding and encourages good behavior, and the body impacts physical health and well-being. This holistic integration promotes overall wellness, resilience, and deeper self-understanding that helps us in our life's purpose; our destinies.

Òtúrá Mejì recounts the story of a man named Òtú, who earnestly pursued spiritual enlightenment through the practice of Ìwa-Pẹ̀lẹ̀ (kind and gentle character). Òtú meticulously followed through with every ritual and Ebó (sacrifice/offering), consistently giving more than required due to his profound devotion. As a result, Òtú walked a balanced path, bridging the physical realm (Ayé) and the spiritual realm (Òrun). In harmony with his surroundings, he attained enlightenment, perceiving the interconnectedness of all things. To Òtú, nothing was insignificant, no matter how small, as everything held meaning and purpose within the greater scheme of existence.

Òtúrá Mejì holds the 13th position among the 256 Odù. It emphasizes steadfast spiritual commitment and the embodiment of Ìwa-Pẹ̀lẹ̀ (gentle and kind character), especially during adversity and unfavorable circumstances. This Odù promotes virtues such as patience, kindness, and compassion, reminding us of the uniqueness of each person's destiny and urging against judgment of others.

Òtúrá also teaches that wisdom can unexpectedly arise from unconventional sources, encouraging an open mind and caution against snap judgments when confronting ideas or individuals that challenge one's worldview. That said, we must also be a good judge of character to repeal bad influences.

Oṣomina, also known as Ọ̀sẹ́ Ogbè, is the Odù that signals setbacks (Ibi) for this week and advises more caution when associating with individuals of questionable character or those who may negatively influence you. It underscores the importance of developing better judgment of character and being mindful of not picking up bad habits from others.

This week, Ìkágbè, alternatively known as Ìká Ogbè, emphasizes the significance of health, which we often take for granted. It warns against losing one's temper and self-criticism when plans go awry, as stress can significantly impact your well-being.

This week, it's essential to engage with Ọṣun to protect your health, as indicated by Ìkágbè, the same Odù that came out for health concerns. Given Ọṣun's domain over the digestive system, we should also exercise greater caution in our dietary choices and consumption habits.

The reading for this week refers you to the following ẹsẹ Ifá (Ifá Divination verse) as the "take-away" wisdom for this week's reading as indicated by Ìrosùn Mejì.

"Oluṣẹṣẹ àwon ni Awo inú-igbó, Ẹlu-ọ̀dàn-afidij’Odù divined Ifá for Ọ̀rúnmìlà. He was told to sacrifice so that he could govern this town properly. Ọ̀rúnmìlà said, "What is the sacrifice?" The babaláwos said: six mats, six parrot feathers, six she-goats, and twelve hundred cowries. He was told that people from all over the world would come to honor him on the mat. Ọ̀rúnmìlà performed the sacrifice as quickly as possible, and people from all over the world came to honor him on the mat as predicted. Since that day, the babaláwos have been sitting on the mat to perform Ifá divination.”

One way to interpret the above ẹsẹ Ifá is that everyone requires guidance at some point to fully manifest their destinies or purpose in life, and in exchange for receiving such wisdom, sacrifices are required. It might initially appear strange that Ọ̀rúnmìlà (the Òrìṣà of wisdom) would also need to offer sacrifices. It underscores the idea that while we're on Earth with its challenges and limitations, divine wisdom is essential for navigating life, and sacrifices are the means through which this guidance is attained. It underscores the main message of Òtúrá Mejì of bridging the physical realm (Ayé) and the spiritual realm (Òrun) to achieve harmony.

I want to point out that Òtúrá Mejì with this same verse also came out earlier in the summer, on May 25th and June 1st of this year; you may want to think back about what was going on in your life at that time.

Please make the following Ebó (sacrifice/offering) to Ọṣun.

  • Cinnamon sticks, as revealed by Ìrẹtẹ̀ Ogbè.

 

Have a good week!

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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.

Às̩e̩

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

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