January 11th – 17th, 2020
“Be aware of your thoughts for they resonate in the Ẹgbé Ọ̀rún"
The Odù for this week is Ìdí Òtúrá (aka Odí Òtúrá) and brings Iré (on-path, good fortune) as indicated by Ogbè Ọ̀sá which shows that we’re responding positively to the call to better ourselves (e.g., physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.) Ìdí Òtúrá speaks of dietary restrictions, particularly as it relates to the digestive and cardiovascular systems. Listen to your body for better health and well-being.
Ìdí Òtúrá brings our awareness to maintaining harmony within our family on the earth plane, as well as our spiritual family in the Ẹgbé Ọ̀rún (astral plane.) Ìdí is the Odù of rebirth and reincarnation, and the type of energy that applies constant pressure on us to do better, reinvent ourselves and keep trying. While Òtúrá is mostly concerned with spirituality and the perfection of our character, and by doing so, it connects us with the higher consciousness of Ẹgbé Ọ̀rún.
Ẹgbé Ọ̀rún (translates to “society in heaven,” or group of souls in the astral plane that act as spiritual guides.) It includes our “higher self,” known as our “astral double” or “astral twin,” who watches over us and will eventually call us back when our time on the earth plane is over.
When we follow a spiritual path, we eventually come to a realization that our intentions and words have power that resonates in the Ẹgbé Ọ̀rún. The “power of our thoughts” is magnified even more when we become priests; it empowers the work that we do through Oríkì (praise chants), Àdúrá Orin (prayer song), blessings, rituals, and ceremonies.
However, it’s not always apparent to us that the “power of our thoughts” can also be misused. We may not even realize that we’re doing it, so consider the times you’ve engaged in gossip, criticism, held grudges, or got angry at someone, you were directing negative energy towards others, cursing them. As a consequence, our power is diminished until we learn always to use it to manifest harmony. Remember that we’re here on the earth plane to learn so inevitably we will fail time again and will need to keep reinventing ourselves (Ìdí) for the perfection (Òtúrá) of our character.
Obàtálà (Òtúrá Mejì) is helping us adhere to the principles of Ìwa-Pẹ̀lẹ̀ (kind and gentle character,) by being more conscious of our thoughts, not just our actions because whatever transpires in the physical plane, will be mirrored on the Ẹgbé Ọ̀rún.
The reading highlights “victory over difficulties” (Òtúrá Mejì.) Note the same senior Odù appears for Obàtálà and for “victory” which implies that we should apply the qualities associated with Obàtálà to find solutions, having a peaceful and calm mind by not overthinking things or overreacting to a situation.
Make Ebó (offering or sacrifice) to Obàtálà of “pears” (Ọ̀sẹ́ Mejì) and a “banana” (Ìdí Òtúrá). Always remember that an Ebó starts with an adjustment to your way of thinking, a positive attitude and that you understand the wisdom given to you by the Ifá oracle.
A couple of things I would like to point out to you about the offering:
The pears were indicated by Ọ̀sẹ́ Mejì which is the 15th senior Odù in the fixed order of 256 and has to do with having more joy in our lives.
The banana was indicated by Ìdí Òtúrá, the same Odù as the reading. The banana is a reference to the banana leaves which are used in the Ẹgbé Ọ̀rún shrine.
Comment: It pleases me when a reading comes together, I don’t always know where it’s leading me because I get bits and pieces of wisdom at a time for me to assemble. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with more information. When I do a reading, I always start with greeting Èṣù/Ẹlégbá and offering him cool water, asking him to take my request to Ọ̀rúnmìlà asking him for knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration to convey the information from the Ifá oracle in a way that can be easily understood.