January 15th – 21st, 2022


Dafá (Ifá Oracle Divination) revealed Ogbètúrá (aka Ogbè Òtúrá, aka Ogbè Alárá) and just like last week, it comes with strong Iré (on-path, blessings, good fortune) with Ọ̀sá Mejì, significant changes are coming.

Ogbètúrá is the Odù that promised blessings for family in the "Reading for the Year," and this week's reading, family is emphasized by ÈjìOgbè (aka Ogbè Mejì), the most senior Odù in the order of 256. ÈjìOgbè also came out for the offering of refreshing Rosewater to spray around your head and of your loved ones.

To get the most of the peaceful energy of Ogbètúrá, we need to look at who is speaking in this reading, and that is Obàtálà as revealed by Ìdí Ọ̀wọ́nrín; this tells us that mental clarity, inner peace, and correct thinking (positive thoughts) is essential. Remember that Obàtálà rules the head and the mind and is the Òrìṣà that we invoke to relieve mental pressure and help our thinking.

Since the reading focuses on family and the mind, we should pay attention to the "state of mind" of the members of our inner circle and encourage them if we see that they are not coping well with change. Bring humor and light-hearted fun to soothe their minds; by the way, Obàtálà children are known for their quick wit.

The reading for this week refers you to the following ẹsẹ Ifá (Ifá Divination verse) as the "take-away" wisdom for Odù Ogbètúrá.

Para, the friend of the hoe (ọkọ), and Odẹdẹ, the friend of the cutlass/dagger (àdá), divined Ifá for Ọ̀rúnmìlà while he was coming into the world. He was told that he would never be in disgrace. Ọ̀rúnmìlà heard and performed the prescribed sacrifice. Therefore, since the creation of the world, Ọ̀rúnmìlà has never been in disgrace to this very day. Ọ̀rúnmìlà created the earth. He was the one who first trod on it. He trained the Ifá diviners and situated the Odùs in their respective positions. Ọ̀rúnmìlà would never turn a deaf ear to the sacrifices prescribed for him because he has demonstrated to all human beings that "there can be no peace without sacrifice." It has been clearly expressed in many Ifá lessons that "human beings cannot live peacefully without offering sacrifices." In addition, little sacrifices prevent premature death. Anyone who wishes to have good fortune will always offer sacrifices. Anyone who cultivates the habit of doing good, especially to the poor, will always have happiness.

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

Ogbè is an expansive type of energy that is not easy to ignore because it's so intense. When it comes with Iré, it illuminates our path to new experiences and opportunities to consider, but it must be tempered with calmness and a clear mind so that we don't lose perspective and get overwhelmed.

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

Òtúrá is a gentle energy that is mainly concerned with the perfection of our character, and it does this by keeping us spiritually attuned to our destiny; it helps us stay calm and grounded.

Ọ̀sá Mejì is the 10th Odù in seniority in the order of 256, and the one that revealed the Iré (on-path, blessings, good fortune).

Ọ̀sá Mejì is the senior Odù that revealed Ìyáàmí ("The Primordial Mothers") as the second most influential energy for 2022. See "Reading for the Year."

Ọ̀sá Mejì means "run away," a restless energy associated with "the wind," the storms that bring about change and transformation; an Odù that is closely associated with Àjẹ́ and its complexity; the power of Àjẹ́ can bring us prosperity if we don't fight change.

Ọ̀sá Mejì is a wonderful energy to get us out of stagnation to make progress in our lives and prosper. Nevertheless, it is a tumultuous energy that can be challenging even in Iré, as it is this week. You see, for the "western mindset," change is not something we like or always welcome; that's because we want to control everything, and that's not always possible. That's like trying to control the weather; the best we can do is adapt to it and accept it gracefully as something that we need. So when the "winds of change" come, be like the young tree that bends to the wind and not like the old tree that resists and breaks.

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

  • Rosewater, as revealed by ÈjìOgbè (aka Ogbè Mejì). Spray around your Obàtálà shrine and the heads of you and your family.

  • Pear, as revealed by Òtúrá-Oríkọ̀ (aka Òtúrá Ogbè).

  • Coconut, as revealed by Ìdí Ọ̀sẹ́.

  • Cocoa butter, as revealed by Ìdí Ogbè.

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."


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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