"The very tall and powerful Odi,the very very powerful Odi"were the ones who cast Ifafor Eji Odi, on the daythat he went to the market of Ejigbomekun,on the day also that he weptbecause he had no wife.They instructed Eji Odi to make sacrifice."Allright, but what?" was the notunreasonable question.They told him to offerplenty of honey, for if it all fails,honey's sweetness still will do the trick.Eji Odi listened and made the sacrifice.Out of the large amounts of honeyhe took to the Awo's, the Awo's tookjust a little, and made medicine of it.As soon as Eji Odi arrived at the marketof Ejigbomekun, he accosted the Chiefof the Market Women, and poured some honeyfrom the medicine bottle the Awo's gave,into her private opening;this unorthodox method did the trick nicely.Both engaged in intercourse, and Eji Odihad the time of his life. So did the woman.The result of this strange encounter wasthat most men, arriving from far and wide, wantedto have intercourse with the Chief Market woman.She made them all happy, and they loudly sang:"Leader of Market Women, Chief, let us go!Sweet honey prevents usfrom leaving your market,sweet honey."
My personal connection with Odi, and expecially with Odi Meji, is rather humoristic. It's also metaphysically quite sensible, so what the heck (happy grin)?! Odu Odi Meji immediately reminds me of two pregnant women. Look at it for yourself: the signs are thin at the top, thin at the bottom, and quite fat in the middle. If that doesn't look like a pregnant lady, I wouldn't know what does! It's a good reminder, because Odi (Meji) indeed does represent "something being finished, being completed", and giving birth as a result of pregnancy is the epitome of completing something. In my divination practice the appearance of Odi Meji always connects the client with something that either just was, or must immediately be, completed or finished... in fact when I see this sign fall, it's the first issue I begin to look for and pursue. And I never pursue or look in vain. Odi Meji represents the peace that results from completing an expectation. The Odu is also known as the "Seal". In all kinds of Ifa-Orisha rituals the concept of "sealing" is an essential element: to seal a ceremony is the guarantee that it will manifest. At the end of an invocation the priest breathes on the tray, the mat or whatever he has been working with/on, and says the word "to" (pronounced "toh"). In Yoruba that means "enough" or "it is finished" or "it is exactly as it should be"; after the word has been said, the ritual or invocation is closed, so that things said afterward do not melt together with the process of invocation. As metaphysical principle Odi Meji is the seal of completion like happens in Nature. But: in Nature the end (sealing) of something, is always the beginning (opening) of another thing, and that's exactly how it is in Ifa where it points to the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth. Odi Meji advises the use of honey to make things in life sweeter: honey is offered to the Spirits when we ask them for "sweet things". Odi Meji speaks of motherhood, and of the responsibilities connected with having children. When Odi Meji falls, the client often has bad dreams, and not seldomly he feels increasing pressure, both socially and emotionally. Generally Odi Meji foresees prosperity and a long life, especially when the client worships Ifa. The client can rise to a high position, but should be aware of people who want to bring about his downfall. This is a very concrete warning: children of Odi Meji may find themselves working very hard and very succesfully in early life, only to see everything being taken from them later on. Odi Meji suggests sacrificing to the Egun, and if one goes travelling a sacrifice to Ogun is in order. Children of Odi Meji have a strong taboo against lying and other forms of dishonesty. The main instruction in this Odu is to remain watchful in order not to become the victim of cheating and dishonesty of others and... of oneself!When Odi Meji comes with Ire, some of the keywords are: resistance that leads to the building up of power, recognition of ones own destiny, renewal, selfconfidence.When Odi Meji comes with Ibi, some keywords are: misery, toil, weakness, and limitation of freedom.