Ika She (Ika Fa)

Ika She - Ika Fa

Ika Fa, also known as Ika Oshe is Odu number 180 in the Lordly Order of Ifá. Here, the white clothing symbolizes purity and reconciliation, reminding us of the dispute between corojo, cotton, and Olofin, where cotton emerges victorious, representing the victory of peace over conflict.

General Description of the Odu of Ifa Ika Fa (Oshe)

Names or Nicknames:

  • Ika Oshe.
  • Ika She.
  • Ika Fa She.

What is born in the odu of Ifá Ika She?

  • The fingers and toes of the human being.
  • The olelé, ekru and the ekru-aro.
  • The sacred word of orunmila. The Ikines.
  • Ika She: The club speaks.
  • You have to wear white.
  • The index finger was developed, therefore this Odu is Ika-sela.
  • Coral is used.

What does the Ika She sign talk about?

  • The person dies of the heart.
  • There are many moral and material problems.
  • Sacrifices are made and paid badly.
  • The desire to live is lost.
  • Ika Fa talks about a person who died of hunger.

The Ika Fa sign points out:

  • You have to move from where you live. Luck is at the door of the new house.
  • The diseases are: Problems in the heart, circulatory system, digestive problems, headaches, anemia.
  • The person lives abroad or lived for a time in another land near the sea.

Analysis and reflection of the Ika Oshe Sign (Ika Fa)

Ika Fa is an Odu of word and creation, where the fingers and toes are born, symbolizing the capacity for action and movement in the physical and spiritual world. The sacred word of Orúnmila It emphasizes the importance of what is said and how it is said, since in this sign, words have the power to manifest themselves in reality.

Economic Aspects

In the economic sphere, Ika Oshe warns against ungrateful sacrifices and fruitless effort. This sign teaches the importance of persevering and finding gratitude in our actions, beyond the immediate reward. Prosperity and economic success in Ika Fa require adaptability and the ability to transform adversities into opportunities, especially when facing envy and malicious witchcraft.


Health in Ika Fa is marked by specific vulnerabilities, such as heart, circulatory, digestive problems, headaches and anemia. The metaphor of dying from the heart reflects not only physical illnesses but also the weight of emotional and moral suffering. This Odu advises taking care of the body and spirit, avoiding overloads and paying attention to the signals that both send us.

Religious Aspects

Religiously, Ika Fa is a call to faith and spiritual commitment. Here, the importance of sacrifices, the use of coral to neutralize negative energies, and respect for elders and traditions are highlighted as pillars for spiritual growth. This Odu remembers that religious practice should be a source of strength, not division or hopelessness.

Personal relationships

At the level of personal relationships, Ika Fa reveals the need to maintain harmony and avoid unnecessary conflicts, especially those that arise from misunderstandings or envy. Relationships must be cared for and nurtured with understanding and patience. This sign also suggests that changes, such as moving or new relationships, can bring new opportunities and blessings.

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  1. Dress in White: When this Odu appears, it is advisable to dress in white to promote peace and purity, as well as to honor the victory of cotton in the dispute narrated between the corojo, cotton and Olofin.
  2. Offerings to Eshu-Elegba: Grass must be put on Eshu-Elegba and then thrown into the street, as part of the practices to maintain balance and protection against adversities.
  3. Sacrifices and Thanks: Making the right sacrifices is crucial, but equally important is showing gratitude for them to prevent loss of the will to live and ensure that the effort is not in vain.
  4. Use of Coral: Wear coral as part of personal ornaments to neutralize negative energies and promote spiritual protection.
  5. Respect and Gratitude to Elders and Spiritual Guides: This Odu emphasizes the importance of respect for elders, family, religious, and gratitude towards spiritual dreams and godparents.
  6. Change of address: If you are facing insurmountable problems, considering a change of residence can be the key to finding new opportunities and luck.
  7. Reception of Los Guerreros and Orúnmila: It is crucial for the person ruled by this Odu to receive the Warriors and Orúnmila to ensure adequate protection and spiritual guidance.
  8. Attention to the Health of the Heart and Circulatory System: Due to the predisposition to heart problems, it is advisable to maintain a healthy lifestyle and undergo regular medical check-ups.


  1. Avoid Arguments and Conflicts: The Odu Ika She, warns about the dangers of getting involved in disputes and lawsuits, especially those of a domestic nature or between women.
  2. Be careful with Debts and Financial Management: Prudence in financial matters is crucial; avoid incurring unnecessary debt and be aware of money management.
  3. Do Not Despise Faith and Religious Practices: Disbelief and skepticism towards religious practices can distance a person from the protection and blessings of the Orishas.
  4. Caution against Envy and Sorcery: Be alert to envy and possible sorcery, especially in vulnerable places like the garbage tank, where enemies may try to harm you.
  5. Avoid Neglect of Ifá Warnings: Ignoring the teachings and warnings given through this Odu can lead to wasting the luck and opportunities presented.

Sayings of the Odu of Ifa Ika She:

  • Orúnmila is so great and powerful that he lives in the world being outside of everything.
  • His word is a truth like a temple.
  • The word of Ifá never falls on the ground, there is always a head to pick it up.
  • The man puts himself in the position he deserves.

«Man puts himself in the position he deserves» underlines the idea that each individual, through their actions and decisions, places themselves in the situation that reflects their true value or merit. This saying suggests that a person's social or professional position is a mirror of his effort, skills and ethics.

Odu Ika Fa Ifa Code of Ethics:

  • Orunmila's sacred word never falls on the floor.

Meaning of the Odu of Ifá Ika Fa (Oshe):

Ika She is an Odu focused on sacrifices that, if not appreciated, can cause the loss of the desire to live. It represents skeptical individuals who approach faith after facing numerous difficulties in life, encountering rejection and incomprehension from family members who try to divert them from the spiritual path. This sign warns about the importance of being grateful for the sacrifices made.

In this sign of Ifa the story of a person who died of hunger is told, highlighting the critical situation that those who ignore the advice and warnings of Ifá can face. The luck that awaits upon moving to a new residence is emphasized, and it is advised to avoid conflicts, especially female disputes, which are considered trivial.

Ika Fa warns about the damage that the envy of third parties can cause at work, home, and the peace of mind of the consultant. It is essential to settle debts with Azojuano or Oshún and use coral to neutralize specific negative energies. This Odu emphasizes caution against possible sorceries deposited in garbage tanks by enemies.

It is essential to give thanks for your dreams and your spiritual godfather, showing respect for your elders and facing family criticism for the practice of this religion. The aleyos are urged to receive the warriors and Orúnmila, and to have a shelter from Oshún. Concern about financial debts is recurrent, as is the call not to waste the luck provided.

The arrival of luck through a pregnant woman is a relevant belief in this Odu. When revealed to a minor, it suggests the possibility of a better future abroad, emphasizing the need to receive the warriors, Orúnmila, and venerate Ogún.

Ika Oshe is recognized by the sacred word of Orula, ensuring that what was predicted will materialize. It is recommended to wear white in honor of cotton's victory in an ancient dispute, symbolizing purity and peace.

In this Odu the fingers and toes are born, highlighting the development of the index finger and the creation of various rituals and offerings to Egun and Osha to ensure protection and blessings. The birth of Olelé and Ekru aro, important spiritual foods, are also mentioned.

Ika Fa talks about the risks of heart problems and the possibility of succumbing to sadness and despair. The use of coral and attention to emotional and physical health are key recommendations to avoid a tragic end. The narrative includes the use of spiritual tactics to influence others, showing the depth and complexity of this Odu in the lives of his followers.

Says Ifa Ika She:

  1. Respect for Luck and Promises: Don't disregard your luck. Opportunities and offers, such as a pregnant woman inviting you to participate in a game of tickets, are blessings that should not be ignored.
  2. Spiritual Debts: Fulfill what was promised or offered to Oshún. If you have outstanding debts or promises made, it is crucial to pay them off to ensure future prosperity, including luck, money and children.
  3. Closeness to Nature: Recognize the presence of Oshún in natural elements close to your life, such as rivers or lagoons. These places are sacred and a source of energy and blessings.
  4. Preparation before Important Actions: Before undertaking significant actions, such as writing an important letter or starting a new project, perform an Ebó (cleansing and offering ritual) to ensure success and spiritual protection.
  5. Respect towards the Elders and the Orishas: Show unconditional respect towards your elders and deities such as Ogún and Obatalá. Recognize lessons and trials that may present themselves in unexpected ways, including situations that require humility and understanding.
  6. Caution in Acceptance of Invitations: Be courteous when accepting invitations, but exercise caution and avoid attending if you sense they intend to harm you.
  7. Health Care and Relationships: Pay attention to signs of physical discomfort such as chest pain and be mindful in your relationships, especially with spiritually significant individuals. The dynamics of power and financial commitment in these relationships can be complex and challenging.
  8. Discretion and Prudence in Daily Life: Adopt a stance of discretion and prudence in your interaction with the world. Sometimes "playing dumb" symbolizes the importance of not revealing all of your abilities or intentions, thus protecting your energy and plans.
  9. Recognition of Spiritual Tests: Understand that challenges or unusual encounters, such as an elder in a compromising situation, can be spiritual tests in disguise. The appropriate response may be an act of faith and recognition of divinity in all its forms.

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Prayer of the Odu Baba Ika Fa:

Ika She Ika ninshe Ika miru Ika mu kiri Ika mu kiri adifáfun Orunmila mio peye
owunko, agogutan lebo.

Suyere of the Odu Ika Oshe:

Ika koloju, Ika koloju adifáfun dada Awó Ifá Ika

Ebó of Odu Ika Fa (Oshe) Ifá:

For Eshu-Elegba and Oshún:

  • A rooster is offered to Eshu-Elegba and two Carmelite hens to Oshún.

Ebó de Tablero:

  1. Rooster, hen, two pigeons, hutía and smoked fish, corojo butter, and a considerable sum of money.
  2. Goat, five chickens, parrot feather, and a considerable sum of money.
  3. Rooster, two chickens, dove, fresh water, doll, and a considerable sum of money.
  4. Three arrows, a rooster, a goat, and a considerable sum of money.

Secret Work of Ika She:

  • A coconut of water will be taken, cut in half and an Atena with the Odu Ofun Oshe (Odu Isalayé de Obatalá) will be placed in front of the coconut. The Gallina's Foot herb, with its root, will be collected in the same quantity as the number of Awó and people present at the ceremony, and they will be placed inside the Athena.
  • A white dove will be used to touch the forehead of all the Awó and whoever has taken out the Odu, performing a cleansing (Sarayeye). The dove will be sacrificed, pouring its blood into the Athena, over the coconut and into the big toe of the left foot (Imporí).
  • Subsequently, everyone present will take a segment of the fine Athena herb, moisten it with coconut water and spread it on the big toe where the blood was applied. This segment will be taken home to offer it to your Eshu-Elegba, as a witness of the work done.

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Ika She Ifa Traditional Nigerian


Ìká wón I know
Ìká won rún
Ìká won fàya pèèrè peere bí aso
Ìká wón se mùlùnkú
Bí apá ìbíle Akika
A day fún Oyèbóádé tíí saya Òrúnmìlà
Òrúnmìlà wí wíí wí
ko fe
orunmila so soo so
ko gba
Ó ní ko se pèlépèlé
kò dáhùn
Ifá bá se e molé
Ó bá ké ìjàsì láti inú Ilé
Ó leekú or ò omo Àgbonnìrègún
Won ni hin
Ìká wón I know; Ìká wón se mùlùnkù bí apá ibílè akika
A day fún Oyèbóádé tíí saya Òrúnmìlà o
Ó ló yá jebi lo ò or ò or ò
Òrúnmìlà Ikú onídà or yá jebi ló or ò
Òrúnmìlà ikú onídà ó yá jebi ló oo
Òrúnmìlà Ikú onídà or ya jebi lo
Yes mií lè dákun o
Òrúnmìlà yes mií lè dákun o ò ò ò
Òrúnmìlà yes mií lè dákun or ò or ò
Òrúnmìlà yes mií lè dákun.

Ifá advises that this person should offer sacrifice for life to please him. There is a particular woman close to this person; Ifá orders that the woman must attend to her husband. If not, Ifá will arrest her.

Your fingers are broken
Your fingers are crushed
His fingers are ripped like a cloth
Your fingers are deformed
As the base of ìbílè Akika
They prophesied Ifá for Oyèbóádé the wife of Òrúnmìlà
Òrúnmìlà urged him on an urgent problem
She refused to listen
Òrúnmìlà tried to correct her
But she refused
He advised her to be attentive
But it was unsuccessful
Ifá as a result locked her up
The woman after a period of time singing in Ìjàsì from prison
I greet all the children of Àgbonnìrègún, she replied
His fingers are broken, they are torn, and they are crooked like the base of ìbílè Akika
They prophesied Ifá for Oyèbóádé the wife of Òrúnmìlà
She said pathetically: This is better than hunger
Òrúnmìlà dying by the sword is better than hunger
Òrúnmìlà death by the sword is better than hunger
Please release Me
Òrúnmìlà release me I beg you
Òrúnmìlà release me
Únrúnmìlà please release me.

Pataki of the sign of Ifa Ika Fa She:

The rich woman and the servant.

Once upon a time there was a wealthy woman looking for a trustworthy and honest servant. She went to Orúnmila, who after seeing the Odu Ika She, told her to make an Ebó and throw it into the river. Oshún, observing the woman, gave him a stone with the condition that he guard it carefully. The woman placed the stone behind her door and, some time later, a young man came into her life who met her expectations of a good servant. However, one day, when the young man tried to clean the stone, the woman's angry reaction caused him to leave, which led the woman to lose everything.

Explanation: Ika Fa teaches us that Oshún's gifts, and by extension the blessings we receive, must be treated with respect and understanding. Mistrust and mistreatment, even in the face of well-intentioned actions, can result in the loss of what we value most.. In life, it is essential to recognize and appreciate the true value of the people and blessings that surround us, beyond material possessions.

The sacred word of Orúnmila

In an island town, surrounded by the sea and accessible only by raft, lived its inhabitants, proud of their distinction and power, derived from their knowledge. This place was ruled by a despotic and violent Alaafín. One day, Olokun arrived with the intention of settling down and soon fell in love with the Alaafín's daughter. However, the love was betrayed by a jealous soldier, causing the Alaafín to humiliate and expel Olokun from the island.

Olofin, upon learning of this treatment towards Olokun and remembering a similar incident with Shangó, determined the end of the island. Orúnmila, during his trip, was mockingly invited by the islanders to visit his land. Upon arrival, he was taken before the Alaafín, who challenged Orúnmila to predict the future. Orúnmila, after consulting the Odu Ika Oshé, predicted the imminent destruction of the island for having offended Shangó and Olokun, which was ignored by the Alaafín.

Expelled from the island, Orúnmila had barely returned to the mainland when a huge explosion announced the sinking of the island, killing everyone except those who brought Orúnmila and witnessed his prediction. The latter proclaimed: “The sacred word of Orúnmila does not fall on the ground.”

Explanation: This story highlights the inescapable power of the sacred word and the consequences of arrogance and contempt towards divine beings and their messengers. It demonstrates that disdain for spiritual warnings and blind faith in one's own power can lead to ruin, while respect and humility before the sacred safeguard truth and justice.

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