Icofa (hand of Orunmila)

An in depth look at the energy for the month that will help you navigate and get the most of it. 
This month's Icofa Reading is brought to you Oluwo Ifajuitan


Icofa Reading for May 2018

Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul- Wayne Dyer

Orunmila is saying in Odu “Iwori Irete”, that having the proper spiritual perspective will ensure that we’re able to grow and overcome any adversity. It’s only when we see ourselves (our bodies) detached from nature and the universe that we’re part of, that we come to feel defeated and give up.  The reading comes On Path (“Oturopon Obara”) with a strong emphasis on Overcoming Difficulties (“Otura Meji”) so long as we remember to recharge our spiritual connection regularly.

Iwori on the temporal side is about “introspection”, looking inside ourselves, becoming more grounded/centered in order to gain a better perspective of our journey. Iwori is visiting Irete on the spiritual/emotional side of our beings. Irete is always about pressure, in this case the pressure that we’ll feel emotionally and spiritually as a result of our introspection, and this is a good thing as we need to reconnect regularly with the source to recharge, this is a calling to Ifa.

This Odu speaks of understanding your spirituality, this is an auspicious time to take another step in your spiritual journey, be it an initiation into the priesthood, gaining additional knowledge (e.g. divination, books, etc.).

The Ebbo (“offering”) to your Icofa (hand of Orunmila) is Coconut Oil (“Obara Ogbe”).

Light a white candle and place a clear glass of spring water.  Take the 16 Ikin into the cusp of your hands, share your breath by blowing on them 3 times, then bring them up to your forehead and silently say a prayer to Orunmila. Rub the coconut oil on the Ikin.

Most people with an Icofa have extra Ikin, you can then do the same for the remaining Ikin.

Love and Blessings!  Javier Lujan {Oluwo Ifajuitan}

See Also "What does it mean to be On Path or Off Path?"

What is the Icofa?

People always want to know: "What is the purpose of receiving your Icofa?" The answer is: This single hand of Orunmila, which is EXACTLY the same for either men or women, is a direct conduit to the energy of the Orisa of divination.  The energy of Orunmila might be equated to the General Practioner in medicine - It is Orunmila's knowledge of all that was and all that will be, that imparts a tremendous insight and power to those connected to it.  Other Orisa are more specific in their areas of energy, more like the specialists in medicine.  Because Ifa is so intimately connected with balance in our lives, the energy and wisdom of Orunmila is essential to achieve this...for only this overview can place the various parts in their correct order.

As the years roll by, and they have definitely done so, I become more and more convinced that, other than dealing with those emergency issues of our life ( illness, legal problems, new job, new birth etc ), that we are best served by paying the most attention to the broader, longer range divinations that impact our lives.  First and foremost is your Life Path Reading, which is the template for understanding ALL future readings with the exception of Orisa or Ifa initiation. Second, would be the monthly indications of your Icofa.

Each month gives us an accurate idea of just how we should consider, act upon, and react to the events of our everyday life. Many times these events will seem to contradict those things we are attempting to do...but such is NEVER the case. These are the implications, in a broader sense, of the meaning of events as they impact, or could impact, your everyday life.





At the end of the dayI’m at peace because my intentionsare good and my heart is pure” – unknown.

Peace of mind is at the source our happiness so I’m delighted that the month of June 2017 brings the promise of improving health for our bodies and minds.  The Odu cast is “Ika Otura” and speaks of rebirth, reset or a fresh start. It signals a change in fortune (“Ose Iwori”), for the better because anytime we’re not stuck and are moving, we’re living life!... there’s a strong emphasis on health (“Otura Meji”) indicating harmony. The Ebbo (offering) to Orunmila is Fruit (“Otura Meji”). Whenever a reading calls for fruit, it’s a reminder to rest and enjoy the harvest. In the context of this reading, it’s signifies that an old cycle is ending and new growing cycle is starting up.

This is a good time to have some “Me” time - quality time by yourself to recharge your energies.

Light a tea candle and place a clear glass of cool water next to Orunmila. Take out the 16 Ikin in your hands, place the fruit in front of Orunmila and pray for inner peace and harmony