Ifa is an African spiritual system derived from the people of Yorubaland, Nigeria. In this system, Orishas and ancestral spirits (Egungun) are contacted through Ifa divination to give us solutions to our problems. These spirits assist with a variety of issues including health, money, relationship, spiritual, social, and other concerns.
Ifa readings are conducted through an intricate divining system. An Ifa priest (Babalawo) or priestess (Iyanifa) uses consecrated tools to decipher coded messages based on an established oracle corpus known as the odu. These tools are sacred and instrumental in establishing a salient connection with the spiritual realm.
Ifa is a solutions-driven practice that requires a two-step process. First, the reading is performed to call down the wisdom of Orunmila. Through this process answers and remedies are derived. Ifa readings always result in a solution in form of an ebo or sacrifice.