Icofa (hand of Orunmila)

A in depth look at the events for the month that will provide you with the greatest opportunities to enhance your life and achievements. See how to handle this in the best way possible... Oluwo Philip Neimark uses ancient Yoruba African divination to determine what energies are in play for the month.
This month's Icofa Reading is brought to you by our long time friend Javier Lujan {Ifajuitan}, an Osun priest, babalawo since 1998, Oluwo since 2017.


Icofa Reading for October 2017

If you don’t choose your Destiny, Fate will choose it for you”. – Oluwo Ifajuitan

Otura Ofun” is the ruling Odu for the month of October 2017 and comes On Path (“Ika Ogbe”) for Destiny (“Otura Ogbe”), the most desired outcome. This is saying that your destiny is blessed with “Ashe” as a result of “good character” and because of your ongoing dedication to your spiritual work. 

“Otura” on the temporal everyday side, shows that we’re handling life experiences calmly. This is an important distinction because it’s only when we’re calm (not with anger or worry) that we make our best decisions that propel us forward in our destiny. “Ofun” is traditional a spiritual sign and it appears on our emotional/spiritual side. This means that we’re responding to everyday situations with a greater spiritual awareness and sensitivity. In a nutshell, the reading’s message is that we’re attuned to the energy of the universe and the universe is responding back with “Ashe” to us.

This is a good time to ponder your life’s “Destiny”, and the experiences yet to come to continue to grow spiritually and emotionally.  Think about the life experiences you’ve had so far that has made you the person you are today.

Note: to learn more about “Destiny”, read about the “Ori”.

Thank Orunmila for the blessings by offering “Shea Butter” (“Otura Meji”), note that this is the same Odu that was cast for the year 2017.

Light a tea candle and place a clear glass of cool water next to Orunmila. Take out the 16 Ikin in your hands to say your prayer, you can rub some "shea butter" on the Ikin, 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 day, I’m at peace because my intentions are 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