Weekly Ifascope

The process of divination is to open the channels of communication between the meta-intellect of the Universe and ourselves. The skilled Diviner will utilize his or her experiential connection to this energy to tap into that ocean of knowledge for those that they are divining for. To be most effective, the energy should be a three way triangulation...Ifa priest, Client and Orunmila (meta-intellect). The Ifascope that the Foundation has presented each week for more than a decade, is a broader scope connection. The Ifascope is designed for a general understanding of the effective energy necessary for those that share our World View to most successfully navigate the path towards their fulfilling their Destiny. It is both accurate and effective - it will smooth the bumps and improve your life, but it is not meant to replace one on one divination. When serious issues of a career, love, health, children etc. must be dealt with, ONLY a one on one divination with a skilled Diviner can guarantee the right answers and solutions. At the Ifa Foundation, Oluwo Philip Neimark and Iyanifa Vassa are available for personal divinations via phone, e-mail, or in person at our various workshops.

Each week I divine for the most probable path that will lead us towards our Destiny. These paths reflect certain energies that are indicated for us to successfully traverse the two sides of our energy matrix. While each energy applies specifically to either the temporal or spiritual/emotional components, do NOT make the mistake of thinking they are not interrelated.  Ifa, unlike the Western world view, never examines any situation without understanding and integration with the whole of our lives.


Oluwo Philip Neimark

 This week's Ifascope Reading is brought to you by our long time friend Javier Lujan {Ifajuitan}, an Osun priest since 1995, Babalawo since 1998, Oluwo since 2017.

Notice: The weekly Ifascope is usually posted weekly between Thursday and Friday evening.

Reading for week of May 19th - 25th, 2018


The doors will be opened to those bold enough to knock.

This week we find ourselves falling short on success, it’s not that our work doesn’t deserve merit, it’s just that our efforts are not getting the attention it deserves. So, are we being too timid? Don’t understand what’s expected? Or are we simply second-guessing what we’re doing, half measures won’t cut it, we need to commit, be assertive and own the room.

Eshu opens doors, but you have to knock loudly, in other words, you really need to want it. Eshu should always be consulted in any major undertaking, but pay attention to how you’re asking, there’s a subtle difference in saying “it would be nice to have this” versus “I want this”, don’t introduce doubt into your request. Eshu will protect you from wrong choices if you phrase your request properly, “Eshu, if this is within my destiny path, help me with this choice I’m making, I want this”.

The Odu for this week is “Ose Owani”, comes Off Path (“Otura Meji”) falling short for Success (“Obara Iroso”).

Ose Owani” when Off Path speaks of insecurity leading to bad results, a lack of inner strength or commitment. “Ose” is indicative of a lot of movement (unsettled energy) while “Owani” is saying that we’re not making a break-through due to upside down thinking (unclear intentions).

Otura Meji” as the indicator of Off Path is indicative of anxiety over the outcome, negative thoughts disturbing our peace of mind.  “Otura Meji” in a reading also speaks of working with Eshu regularly. We’ve been seeing this Odu appear a lot in the Ifascope, perhaps because we still don’t understand the significance.

Obara Iroso” in the subset of “success”, the area most affected in this reading: Obara appears on the temporal side which calls for “boldness and assertiveness”, while Iroso calls for “measure twice, cut once”.  Anything short of that will not get us to the finish line. “Obara Iroso” also indicates that success is tied to our spiritual development. In other words, our success will improve the more we learn to work with our spiritual tools. 

Eshu (“Otura Meji”) would like an Ebbo (“offering”) of a Coconut (“Obara Iwori”) to correct the situation. Note that “Obara” appears again, a strong male energy signifying assertiveness and boldness. “Obara” is visiting “Iwori” to make us more introspective, strategize and plan our next moves.

Knock 3 times on the floor in front of Eshu, light a white tea candle in front of your Eshu, sprinkle some cool water on your Eshu, then bring the coconut up to your forehead while you do a prayer and a quiet meditation. If you don’t have an Eshu, the offering can be left on a nature path, or fork in the road. Keep the coconut for a least 3 days.

Always keep in mind that the amount of effort (intention) you place while doing Ebbos goes a long way in the effectiveness of the Ebbo.

Observation for Ifa diviners:

  • Otura Meji is the Odu that indicated Off Path, as well as for Eshu. Otura Meji speaks of working with Eshu regularly.

Be sure to check out “The Reading for the Year 2018”.

Love and Blessings!  Javier Lujan {Oluwo Ifajuitan}

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