Every 16 days, we cast Ifa in our temple. At that time, Ifa will give directions and insights into how we should proceed as individuals, families and as a spiritual community. Today was especially meaningful, as we have officially joined forces with the Iwori Meji Temple, our sister temple in Trinidad, which is headed by Awotunde Ejigbotifa Elebuibon. Below is a portion of the message that Ifa gave to us today. It resonates from Port of Spain to Oakland and everywhere in between.
Ifa says that people have conspired against you. They sought to publicly shame and embarrass you. Ifa says that what you have lost will be recovered. Go to Olokun in search of it. Ifa says that your spouse must not be among the conspirators, lest he/she will be ruined along with them.
Akoo nii gbe'buule jeko
Cast Ifa for the 401 Irunmole
When they were going to celebrate Olokun's annual festival
He also cast Ifa for Orunmila
When he was going to celebrate Olokun's annual festival
They were advised to sacrifice
- Holy Odu OgbeAlara
Every year, Olokun would celebrate her annual festival. Every year, Orunmila would arrive last, after everybody else. When he arrived, Orunmila would descend into the festivities from the rooftop of Olokun's palace. Olokun had a giant, brass tray placed at the center of her royal court. When Orunmila arrived, he would throw his ikin onto the tray and everybody would start rejoicing at the spectacle. Then, Orunmila would cast Olokun's Ifa for the year.
Eventually, however, envious people started to complain about Orunmila. "Why should he come steal the show every year?" They promised to put an end to it. By next year, they would put Orunmila to shame. The plan was twofold: First, to steal Orunmila's special ikin. Second, to convince Olokun that Orunmila had planned to disgrace her at her own festival. They failed to get the special ikin many times. then, they decided to enlist the cooperation of Orunmila's wife, the Apetebii. They promised her a big reward for getting Orunmila's ikin. She agreed.
Two days before Olokun's ceremony, Apetebii snuck into Orunmila's room and stole his special ikin. She took them to the conspirators and then returned home with the promised reward. Then, the conspirators took the ikin out onto the sea and tossed them overboard. By the time the conspirators got back to shore, they had concluded that Orunmila's wife could no longer be trusted. Anyone who would betray their spouse for money would certainly do the same to others with no hesitation.
Early the next morning, Orunmila went to gather his implements for the festivities. He could not find the ikin, however. He called out to Apetebii for help. She pretended to look frantically. Finally, she burst into tears, "Orunmila, what are we going to do?" He sent her to summon his babalawos to consult Ifa on the matter. When they cast Ifa, the Odu that showed up was Ogbe Alara. The awos told Orunmila that he was enveloped in conspiracy. They told him that the culprits were both outside and inside of his house. The awos told Orunmila not to worry, but to sacrifice to Esu and to appease Ifa with the biggest fish caught that day.
Orunmila prepared the ebo and sent Apetebii to buy the biggest fish in the market. She went away happy and confident. She had gotten her reward, completely fooled Orunmila and was about to get her hands on the biggest fish in the market. Meanwhile, as Olokun's festival was in full swing, the conspirators were planting seeds of dissent all over the place. They said Orunmila was a fraud, that he was just seeking glory at Olokun's expense. They said they would not even be surprised if he failed to come to the festival at all this year, just to snub Olokun. Eventually, these poisonous ideaas reached Olokun, who was furious.
By the time Apetebii reached home with the fish, she gave it Orunmila. They began to pray over it together. Orunmila cut open the fish and, to his amazement, found his special ikin inside the fish!. Now, Apetebii started to shake with fear. Ifa would surely expose the conspirators and her along with them. She knelt down and confessed her complicitness in the scheme. Orunmila immediately dashed over to Olokun's palace.
About that time, the conspirators were all hovering around Olokun, spewing lies about Orunmila and suggesting a replacement diviner. One of the conspirators was recommended as the ideal candidate. And just as Olokun was about to begin her prayers, they suddenly heard the sound of the special ikin falling onto the brass tray. The whole place fell silent. Orunmila descended from the rooftop. Everybody jumped and rejoiced at the spectacle. The conspirators started looking for escape routes.
Orunmila cast Ifa for Olokun. Part of the ebo included 200 mats. Once the ebo was completed, Orunmila called the 400 Irunmole to huddle together. He ordered the 200 mats to wrap themselves around the Irunmole, along with the ebo materials. He then summoned all the ase of heaven and earth and commanded that henceforth, the Irunmole would become invisible. People would be able to hear their voices but no longer behold their physical form. And so, the 401 Irunmole disappeared from sight.
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