Sexual Outlaw, Erotic Mystic & the Wickedest Woman in the Victorian World

Ida Craddock was an occultist and mystic who claimed sexual congress with angelic beings.  Educated, ambitious, and widely read on all esoteric subjects, she wrote about her divine relations in a pamphlet entitled Heavenly Bridegrooms. Upon reading it Aleister Crowley was compelled to write:

I am very far from agreeing with all that this most talented woman sets forth in her paper, but she certainly obtained initiated knowledge of extraordinary depth. She seems to have had access to certain most concealed sanctuaries… She has put down statements in plain English which are positively staggering. This book is of incalculable value to every student of occult matters. No Magick library is complete without it. (Volume III No. I of the Equinox, 1919 – signed Baphomet – Crowley’s magical name)

Inspired by her own “divine” experiences,  Craddock advocated women’s rights and made it a personal mission to educate her Victorian peers on the particularities of the marriage bed – explicit in detail and a little shocking even now. Her work, carried out largely by correspondence and subscription,  garnered praise from the socially enlightened (and the women who benefited from the information),  and damnation – even prosecution- from an outraged patriarchy. The significance & necessity of her work is best told in the following anecdote from The Wedding Night

I once talked with a young married woman, the daughter of a physicial, well-educated, and moving in cultured society, who had been allowed to marry at the age of 20, in entire ignorance. She remarked to me “I think the relation of husband and wife is something horrid. I knew, of course, before I married, that married people had children; but I supposed that God sent them babies, and that was all there was about it. I was never told about the physical relation.” Her husband was so lacking in self control as to make her pregnant on her wedding night.

Yikes!

We have a great book on the fascinating/terrible life of Ida Craddock coming out in December. I am chomping at the bit for this one!

http://sexualoutlaw.com/

In the meantime, if you want to learn more about Ida Craddock, the OTO has set up a wonderfully informative website

http://www.idacraddock.org/

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