It is the dry wood that has no leaves
Parasitic plants have no tap roots
Cast divination for Míèéyè
Also cast divination for his wife
- Holy Odu OfunOgbe
Míèéyè and his wife were in search of prosperity. And so, they went to consult Ifa.
While both the husband and the wife were stressed about money, the husband's grief was greater than that of his wife. At this time, Míèéyè raised some local chickens as free-range birds in their backyard. One day, one of the chickens died. The husband burst into tears: "The bird in which I had hoped to sell for profit and feed my family is now dead!!!
He wept bitterly and became worried by survival.
At that point, however, his sacrifice was only beginning to manifest. Èsù came to Míèéyè and said, "Roast the chicken and keep it." Míèéyè did as instructed. Days rolled on days.
Months rolled on months. One day, a strange disease afflicted the daughter of Olókun. She was ill and bedridden. Olókun then went to consult with his priests. They told him to find a chicken that had died long ago, without which his daughter would not recover. They then started to look around for dead chicken. But Èsù, the spirit that shuttles between two opposing ends, heard about the sacrifice. He told them that a dead chicken could only be found in Míèéyè’s house. "Go and look for Míèéyè’" Èsù said.
Meanwhile, even before the servants arrived at Míèéyè’s house Èsù had already been there. He said to Míèéyè, "‘Tell them you would sell each of the chickens for two hundred thousand units of money." This was an extraordinary sum of money. As predicted, the searchers for the dead chicken came to Míèéyè. They brought out two hundred thousand units of money in exchange for the chicken. They used it to perform the rituals for the daughter of Olókun. She was cured!
After some time, the same type of disease also afflicted the child of Olósà. He too quickly thought of a solution and went to consult Ifa. They told him also to look for a dead chicken at the house of Míèéyè. One of Míèéyè’s chickens had died before then
He fired it and kept it also in expectation of another stroke of luck. They came and paid the same type of money paid by Olókun. Another two hundred thousand in Míèéyè’s pockets! But on the first and second occasions it was the wife of Míèéyè they met at home. She searched for her husband, explaining to him that there are some people who want to buy dead chickens. Míèéyè collected all the money. He refused to give a dime to the wife. The woman then became disturbed and exclaimed in sadness, "My husband did not even share any of this money with me."
That was how she took one of her own chickens and clubbed it. The chicken died. She roasted and kept it. After a prolonged period of time the same sickness of the first time affected another child of Olókun. "We already know where we usually buy the dead chickens", Olókun said. They headed straight for Míèéyè’s house. The same Èsù that usually followed them on the mission did the same thing this time around. As they entered the house of Míèéyè they met with his wife as usual. The woman quickly fetched for the chicken she had clubbed to death. As they were counting the money, however, Èsù haulted the process: "Let us be cautious" Èsù said. ‘Is it true that this chicken died by itself’?
Since he is a knowledgeable being, Èsù could distinguish the one that died naturally from the one clubbed to death. "Leave the chicken for her", Èsù said. The woman burst into tears. "‘Why must it happen on my turn? ‘Why must they refuse to buy the chicken from me’? She started to weep profusely. Èsù concluded, "No one uses one Orí to compare another. You are the one that rather compared your Orí with that of Míèéyè’s’ Ifá enjoins the wife of this person not to be jealous or annoyed at her husband.
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Obafemi Origunwa, MA
Thought leader, Ifa priest and author of four definitive books, Obafemi Origunwa inspires metamorphosis through living the medicine that will heal your life and heal the lives of the people you're destined to serve.