September 16th – 22nd, 2023
Dafá (Ifá Oracle Divination) revealed Ọ̀sá’Rosù (aka Ọ̀sá Ìrosùn) for this week and speaks of the need for inner peace and resources to succeed and prosper. However, unexpected changes and disruptions are rattling our minds, so we’re distracted, not at ease, and consequently losing our way. The reading calls for more patience and thought to figure things out.
Ọ̀sá appears on the right-leg of the Odù, which is our temporal side, what we're consciously aware of at a given moment.
Ọ̀sá is the essence of the "wind" and the need to be flexible and adapt. The "wind" can also be unpredictable and quickly change directions, which can rattle us sometimes, but remember that change is necessary to avoid getting stuck; change can bring you something better. Change is only difficult when we resist; consider the tree that bends with the wind versus the tree that doesn't and ultimately breaks.
Ìrosùn appears on the left-leg of the Odù, the preconscious side that shows the potential of how we're likely or should respond.
Ìrosùn is the energy of endurance and caution; "measure twice, cut once" so we don't make mistakes. It asks that we pause and think before responding to a situation. We don't need to rush; responding with good character and getting it right is essential to avoiding repercussions.
Ìrosùn, also known as Olósùn, is a reference to a spiritual force called Òòsùn that listens to what flows from our consciousness. The inner voice (conscience) that alerts us when our desires and actions don't reflect good character and when bad intentions or wrong choices will lead to trouble. Therefore, it implies that "good fortune" can be ours so long as we listen to our inner voice and take control of our thoughts, so think positively.
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.
"Anybody who has money will be able to buy good things. Ifá divination was performed for Eeka-Alajé. Ekika was assured that he would become prosperous and would have many children. Four hens and thirty-two hundred cowries should be sacrificed. He heard and sacrificed."
One interpretation of the above ẹsẹ Ifá is that you shouldn't worry so much about money (material things) and focus more on developing inner peace; trust the universe to handle the rest, and ultimately, you will not lack what you need.
The verse also mentions children, which requires some context; the Yorùbá culture emphasizes the continuity of life from ancestors to descendants. The presence of children is seen as prosperity; this is in contrast to Western views, where “prosperity” tends to skew more toward material things. In essence, there are more important things in life.
Ọ̀wọ́nrín-Sẹ́ (aka Ọ̀wọ́nrín Ọ̀sẹ́) revealed that we must appease and calm our Orí to overcome difficulties. Ọ̀wọ́nrín speaks of our ability to endure hardship and be a “spiritual warrior.” Adversity teaches us the value of responding with Ìwa-Pẹ̀lẹ̀ (kind and gentle character). We can look at it as circumstances that challenge our character's strength; can we remain calm and not succumb to frustration? Can we stay in the present moment and not seek to escape? Can we use our intellect and draw on wisdom to figure things out? Ọ̀wọ́nrín evokes the energy of Èṣù, who is ever-present when a choice is made, so make good choices, and Èṣù will support you. Ọ̀sẹ́ means “triumph” and is about “sweetness,” the movement of “freshwater,” qualities that resonate with Òrìṣà Ọṣun, the river deity. Ọ̀sẹ́ appears on the left-leg of the Odù, meaning that we should accept challenges with sweetness (e.g., joy), adapt, and be open to trying something new; imagine a bee that explores and goes from flower to flower.
Òtúrá-Oríkọ̀ (aka Òtúrá Ogbè) revealed a struggle. It tells us that a lack of self-confidence is delaying success. Note that Orí makes up part of the Odù name Oríkọ̀; the Orí guides your destiny. At least for this week, avoid escaping into things that dull the mind (e.g., alcohol).
Òtúrá’wòrì (aka Òtúrá Ìwòrì) revealed Ibi (off-path) for this week. The Odù warns us not to be impetuous and keep making the same mistakes; decisions that affect our future require more thought and planning. To paraphrase a verse associated with this Odù: "We must not lick a hot soup because of hunger lest we burn our mouths."
Please make the following Ebó (sacrifice/offering) to Orí, located at the crown of your head.
Rosewater, as revealed by Ògúndábèdé (aka Ògúndá Ogbè). The Odù speaks of integrity, doing what you know is right.
Honey, as revealed by Òtúrá-Oríkọ̀ (aka Òtúrá Ogbè), same Odù that indicated a struggle; this means that honey will make challenges more palatable; remember that competition can drive us to do better, so it’s not a bad thing.
Fresh herbs (e.g., mint, basil, parsley) as revealed by Ìdí’wòrì (aka Ìdí Ìwòrì). The Odù speaks of not ignoring potential rivals who compete for the same things; step up your game.
Flower petals, as revealed by Oṣomina (aka Ọ̀sẹ́ Ogbè). The Odù tells us to avoid associating with people who are very negative or exhibit bad character, and our luck will change.
Have a good week!
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.
Blessings! … Oluwo Ifájuyìtán
"We talk to God through prayer; we listen through meditation."
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