The Mysteries of Odu Ifa

By Ifatunmise Abudifa Olaifa Awosanmi

EJIOGBE MEJI I I I I ORÍKÌ EJIOGBE (Invocation for a Pleasant life) Oniyanriyanri, Awo Osan, kutukutu, Awo Owuro, nwon yinta werewere n’igbo ologbin. The Priest of the Afternoon, the Priest of the Morning, both gourged themselves with alligator-pepper grains. Commentary: priests of the day represent the cycles of life. To gourge yourself with alligator pepper grains is to eat the offering that creates ofo ase meaning the power of the word or the ability to pray effectively, so ejiogbe places a person in alignment with destiny and that alignment give us the ability to pray effectively: Nwon m’apo elefundere, nown fi d’eru igede kale. From the lump at the forest of Ologbin they loaded a bag of powerful incantations. this is a reference to a power spot in Obatala’s sacred grove which also gives a person the ability to pray effectively. I I I I

Ejiogbe I originally translated to mean spirit of giving but on further consideration ogbe is more likely an elision of o egbe meaning spirit of the group or spirit of all consciousness that ever existed so because consciousness comes from the Creator I believe ogbe is another word for Olodumare. The

The forest leaves fled helter-skelter because they could not carry the bag. nwon yinta werewere n’igbo ologbin. Commentary: the first step in any Ifa Orisa ritual is to clean the sacred objects with leaves. Awo Owuro. Ifa says ayanmo ni iwa pele iwa pele ni ayanmo meaning destiny is good character good character is destiny. That is however a generic translation the elision is ayan mo ni iwa ope ile iwa ope ile ni ayan mo meaning the sacred tree of the ancestors is the way I greet the earth. Nwon ni ki gbogbo ewe igbo wa gbe e. To gourge yourself with alligator pepper grains is to eat the offering that creates ofo ase meaning the power of the word or the ability to pray effectively. Odundun ni oun yio gbe e. The inference is when ejiogbe appears in divination it means the person is in alignment with Olodumare meaning in alignment with destiny. This is a poetic reference to our connection to all consciousness that has ever existed and that connection is called ogbe in Yoruba. Commentary: this is a reference to the idea that not all leaves are effective for ritual purposes. Commentary: this is a reference to a power spot in Obatala’s sacred grove which also gives a person the ability to pray effectively. so ejiogbe places a person in alignment with destiny and that alignment give us the ability to pray effectively. both gourged themselves with alligator-pepper grains. From the lump at the forest of Ologbin they loaded a bag of powerful incantations. The Priest of the Afternoon. They asked the forest leaves to come and carry. nown fi d’eru igede kale.word eji means first so ejiogbe from the elision eji o egbe meaning the first spirit of collective consciousness which is another referecence to Olodumare. the way I greet the earth is through the sacred tree of the ancestors. kutukutu. ORÍKÌ EJIOGBE (Invocation for a Pleasant life) Oniyanriyanri. . Commentary: priests of the day represent the cycles of life. Nwon f´ope entori nwon o le gbe e. Awo Osan. Nwon m’apo elefundere. the Priest of the Morning.

Commentary: this is a coded reference to the idea that forest rats are not offered to Ifa is the ebo for ejiogbe. “Odundun leaf. eku ago ni yio dara ju gbogbo eku inu igbo lo.” Commentary: this question is actually an invocation asking the Immortals to come to the ritual. Commentary: this is a coded reference to the idea that Ago rats are used as offerings for ejiogbe. “Ago you shall be the best of all the forest rats. In the same way all the Odu fled and refused to carry the load. . you who agree to carry this load of incantations shall be the best of all the forest leaves. “Iwo. They fled and it was Ago and rat that agreed to carry the load. ¨ Then they said. Nwon sa ago nikan l’o gba lati gbe e lojo naa. “Iwo odundun t’o farajin late gbe eru egede yi iwo ni yio dara ju gbogbo ewko lo. When it was the turn of the forest rats. in Yoruba when you repeat a word it means the eternal source of that thing so Odun Odun is a reference to the beginning of time or the transcendent element in any ritual.” Commentary: this is further confirmation of the ebo. Bee naa ni gbogbo lodulodu. nwon sa. Ojo naa ni edumare dahun pe. Commentary: odundun from the elision Odun Odun the word Odun means year. Commentary: ever Odu involves the choice between ire and ibi. Ejiogbe l’o gbe el’ojo naa.But Odundun leaf said he would carry it. Nwon ni.” It was on the day that the Creator said to the rat. The transcendent element is the moment when human consciousness experiences connection with the Immortals. nwon ko je gbe e. Nigbati o kan gbogbo eku oko.

It was the Supporter who carried it on that day. Lagbaja d’odundun l’oni. And so it is like the odundun leaf today. Commentary: ejiogbe is the Chief of all Odu because it represents perfect alignment with destiny and alignment with destiny is the point of all divination. Ase. K’o tu fun un. May it be so. Commentary: this is saying that alignment with Olodumare and the development of iwa pele is the way to transform ibi into ire. Commentary: alignment with destiny brings a blessing of abundance. Lati ojo naa lo l’o ti di wipe Ejiogbe ni Oba lori gbogbo Odu. Commentary: alignment with destiny is the purpose of life so when we are in alignment with destiny we receive a blessing of peace. K’aiye re dara. We praise the Supporter. Let his life be pleasant. K’ogede aasan at’epe me se lagbaja nibi o. . k’o ba fun un. Carrying the load is a poetic reference to the challenge of transformation. From that day the Supporter became Chief of all the Odu. Let his life be comfortable. good health and children or family.

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