|Randomly refreshing bits of Ifa wisdom:|
Otewori had the saddest life so he tied a rope around a tree branch and hung himself. The rope broke and Otewori fell, became unconsious, and dreamed a dream of the afterlife. Otewori heard other Dead, who had lived their lives on Earth to the full end of their measured days, say how later in life they had received great prosperity and abundance. Otewori decided to go back, and having arrived again in the sunny land of the living, consulted the Awo's who said: "Otewori, do not hang yourself, for prosperity will come to you." Ifa says if an unhappy person is about to go look for Death, he shouldn't find this Grim Reaper yet, for health and happiness are on their way.
Much of this site is available to all visitors, resulting in a quite decent resource for everybody who wants to visit and read. For paying members, those who make the existence of the Ilé Dafa and the publication of our Odu Ifa books possible, there are intriguing extras, like the complete version of our Ifa lessons and the odd bit of otherwise classified information – for these members we “bare it all” (wide and wicked grin)!
Sometime last year I also introduced a free membership, where people could see more than casual visitors, but somewhat less that full members. This, my friends, turned out to be a confusing mistake. Not for you but for me, on account of this construction complicating the (to me as an old man) already confusing software of this site. So, as I already announced some weeks ago, this option of free membership will disappear. Some of you have in the meantime upgraded their membership, others have decided not to do this, yet others are still on the fence.
No sweat in either case. I give thanks to the first group, my understanding to the second, and for the third: no worries, you can always come back!
Anyway, within an hour or so the fairly useless free membership will be gone. Won’t make much difference: almost everything the free members could see, can also be seen by casual visitors.
Getting rid of those irritating “no but” answers
Part of Ifa divination is, next to the reading of double Odu Ifa, the asking of questions that can be answered with either “Yes” or “No”. As explained in previous lessons, Ifa divination with four cowries contains some uncertain answers, to wit “Yes, but…” and “No, but…”. The various patterns with three mouths up produce a “Yes, but…”, the patterns with three bellies up mean “No, but…”. The first is called Etawa, the second is called Okanran – this we all remember from the previous lessons, of course. Just to refresh your memory, I’ll give you a couple of pictures.
Now the interesting part is that, as you become more and more proficient with casting Ifa, the system kind of begins simplifying itself. I hesitate speaking about “shortcuts” because Ifa generally doesn’t offer those – it’s more that your Ori begins to increasingly understand what the system is trying to tell you. You could, with some delightful exaggeration, call these “quantum leaps of the Spirit” instead of shortcuts. I know, I know… I’m being melodramatic (wide and wicked grin)!
One such quantum leap is that you can completely get rid of the “but” in the “no, but…” in Okanran. Sure, that’s heresy in the eyes of organized branches, but we’re not organized… we’re Independent and that’s what we want to stay. So here’s the very simple way for you to dump the “buts” in Okanran and (Members: click to read on)
This site will be revived!
Although in the background things never came to a standstill, superficially seen this site has been in coma for about a year. That ain’t true though – for those who have the right subscription and went to the trouble to look, there was a quite considerable growth of the Odu Library, where lots of texts have been added and are still being added. So the building was quietly going on, while the re-building is starting right now with me sorting out the various Lego bricks.
It is the sad truth however that, as far as fresh postings and lessons go, there was a great big pause. This was due to several factors, one being the need to work on Brenda’s and mine Odu Ifa books, of which the fourth volume “Iwori” will be published before the end of this year. Another factor was my shaky health, which is being dealt with and henceforth improving. Old bahstuds never die – they just smell that way (wide grin)! There are more factors, but I will not bother you with them – I won’t even let them bother myself too much.
Anyway, a few things that are about to happen is the resuming of the series of Ifa Divination Lessons here, and the ending of free memberships. The former is about bloody time, and the latter turned out to be too much bother. In the next few weeks, among other activities on the site, I will delete the option for free memberships. For those who held such memberships this is not a disaster, there’s always the Independent Ifa Practitioners group on Facebook.
Behind the scenes there is a lot of work going on here, the added picture taken this summer of your host relaxing with a nice hookah/shisha/nargileh was a rare caption of an even rarer moment of leisure 😉 !
So let’s wrap it up… what’s gonna happen? The Ifa Divination Lessons will be continued, the free memberships will be discontinued, before the end of this year the fourth volume in our series of Ifa Texts books (“Iwori”) will become available, more and more texts will be added to the Odu Library here online, and when Olodumare, Ifa, Eshu and a few others of our remarkable pantheon of worthies give us time to live and a bit of energy, my seventieth birthday that I celebrated last month will be the start of en elderly but active life. Be well, the lot of you!
October: we made it!
Through very hard work we managed to make the deadline of October after all: Volume #3 in our series of Odu Ifa books Irosun is available NOW. This means that presently the first three books in a series of sixteen are available to you:
ODU IFA COLLECTION: THE MAIN ODU AND THEIR FIFTEEN SUB-ODUS
Available for purchase at www.lulu.com
The thirteen other volumes will appear over the next few years in alphabetical order, momentarily we are working on Iwori. More information and FAQ right HERE!
Odu books cheaper for members
Good news for the faithful members of this website! To show my appreciation for the paying members of this Ilé Dafa website, I have decided to make my Odu Ifa books available to them with a considerable discount. I consider this only fair: by having a paid subscription to this site you help make it possible to write, design and publish the books which, apart from a labor of love, is also an extremely time consuming and damn expensive business.
I am not sure yet what the exact amount of the discount will be, although I guess I’ll probably settle on US$5 off each volume, possibly slightly more. I aim to keep the default (full) price of each volume at the present US$21.95 which, on account of some volumes having (a lot) more pages than some others, seems to be a fair overall average. With five bucks off, the discounted price will then be US$16.95 or I might even decide to fix the discounted price at let’s say the nice round sum of 15 dollars. Although with the thinner volumes this will leave me with very little profit indeed and with the fatter volumes with none at all (or even a loss), I think that in all fairness the monthly contributions to this site from the faithful subscribers warrant this discountly gesture of appreciation.
At present we’re figuring out the technicalities of supplying this discount for our paying members, and when that’s done I’ll post the results here, including how you need to go about ordering your pleasantly discounted books.
The Independent Group is open again!
If you lot would like to have an easy platform to discuss all kinds of things pertaining to Ifa and Orisha, you might want to join our recently re-opened Independent Ifa Practitioners group on Facebook.
What to tell those who don’t take Ifa serious
Every now and then I grow tired of explaining to people what Ifa is, and why I’m sufficiently interested in it to be a practitioner, and to invest decades of my life in collecting texts and publishing them in books. In such a tired moment I advise people to look up the connection between Ifa and Unesco – after all, in 2005 Unesco has recognized Ifa as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”. Click on the pic to go to the Unesco site.
Irete Meji and its 15 sub-Odus available
Several days earlier than the planned 5th of May, we managed to get the Irete book out in the open! It has been published and is available right now!
There is a confession to be made though: I must immediately admit that the proud statement “a few days earlier than the planned date” is kind of misleading, because the book was already several months overdue before we set the final publishing date. Indeed, due to lots of unexpected circumstances, including the fact that there was so much more work involved than we initially imagined, our planning turned out to be waaaaaay off. But we kinda got into our stride now, having settled into some kind of regular work schedule and having ironed out a bunch of wrinkles in the process, which means that the third volume Irosun will easily follow later this year. But for the time being: here is your long-expected Irete book! Enjoy!
Irete – The main odu and its fifteen sub-odus:
• The book contains 74 Ifa verses
• Metaphysical Observations
• The book is fully illustrated
• Arranged in alphabetical order
Number of verses:
Irete Meji (14)
You can order the book by clicking on either the illustration or the blue link higher up in the text, or simply here. The price is US$ 21.95 or the equivalent in your own currency.