Divination is an important practice in African Spiritual Tradition. Through divination, a practitioner is able to communicate with his/her Ori, Egun, and the Orisha. In this segment of Enlightenment and Transformation Chief Yuya responds to an inquiry regarding Obi divination.
One inquiry is in relation to the Obi directions and casting surface information found in Chief Yuya's publication Grasping the Root of Divine Power. Listener Anthony asks, "When you talk about the direction it (Obi) points, are you using the segment or the casting surface as a reference?"
Chief responds. When using the Anu Obi Divination Set the head of the cowrie is the pointer. When using the Obi Abata-kola nut, the heart is the tail. See Grasping the Root of Divine Power for divination illustrations.
No matter where the Obi lands, we pay special attention to where it is pointing. For instance, if it lands in the west pointing downward towards 6 o'clock this represents feminine energy. The west and south represent the feminine and negation. The north and east represent the masculine and expansion.
If one is to cast in the north, this direction is ruled by Sango and the sacred Odu Iwori Meji. Yet, if the segment falls in the north but points to 6 o'clock this represents Idi Meji, the condensation of matter and things being made manifest. It may reveal the pulling of the Yemoja energy to Sango, creating balance.
Sango and Yemoja are complimentary energies. When practicing divination or casting Odu Ifa it is important to look at compliments.
Chief also indicates that when a male segment is pointing down to 6 o'clock in the north but there is a closed segment in front of it or blocking its way this may indicate a blockage of some sort. Since the north represents air, intellect, Orun and the 5th dimension this may represent the blocking of a gift or message from heaven.
Finally, Chief asserts there is no set formula for divination. In order to develop this skill, one must connect to feminine intuition, and learn to interpret and intuit messages.