Guardian Energy: Understanding Your Guardian Energy

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In this post I’m going to talk about a special relationship that you have with one of the Orisa (the eternal energies of the Universe). Because of this close affinity we refer to this particular energy as your guardian. It is something like your sun sign in astrology. But, unlike your sun sign, you chose this energy. .

In Ifa we believe that every person comes to the Earth with a purpose. The closest translation of the Yoruba word is destiny. Your destiny is a series of choices that you made before you came about the lessons, the growth, the wisdom and knowledge that you were looking for in this life. At the end of your life everything that you’ve learned is passed on for the benefit of everyone else.

Your Relationship With the Orisa, the Eternal Energies of the Universe

Your Guardian Energy was one of the choices. Each of us is connected to all of the energies of the Universe, but your connection with our guardian is strongest. Developing that connection is important. You had 401 Orisa to choose from, but you probably chose on of the more typical guardians. They are: .

  • Obatala (Clarity)
  • Oko (Organization)
  • Yemonja/Olokun (Stern Nurturing, the Ocean)
  • Ogun (Focus)
  • Ochosi (Communication)
  • Oya (Sudden Change, The Wind)
  • Sango (Strategy, Fire, The Sun)
  • Osun (Joy, Fresh Water)
  • Osain (Healing, Plants)

If you're curious about which of these energies you resonate with most then take our fun quiz to find out. Sometimes we resonate most with our Guardian Energy but not always. Family, or cultural, values may lead us to feel much more aligned with another energy. Life experience can also shift us away. The only way to know for sure is to have your Life Path read by a trained Ifa priest. Aligning with your Guardian Energy is one of the most important things you can do to move towards your purpose for being here.

Some people are concerned about being pigeonholed. I promise you the aim of understanding your personal flow is about empowering you. My husband Jack and I are a great example. We both have Obatala as our guardian, we even have the same Life Path energy. Who we are, and how those energies get expressed in our lives, is completely different. We filter the incoming energy in different ways because of very different backgrounds and life experience. When you really get to know us the similarities are undeniable but at first glance you might be very surprised that our energies are even related.

If you’re curious about who your guardian REALLY is, why not sign up for a complimentary Life Path Discovery Session? In your session you’ll discover which Orisa you chose and start to understand the Life Path you selected. We’ll delve into the areas of you’re life you’re finding most challenging at the moment and look at some concrete steps you can take to improve things.

Understanding your Guardian Energy, and how it is expressed in your life, are two of the most powerful things that Ifa can give you.


I’ve been a full-time life coach, and mentor, since 2007. I’ve helped clients: find new careers or enrich the ones they’re in; discover new love or renew a fading relationship; deal with the stresses of day to day living, and of course deepen into the spiritual dimension of life..