About the Book

Ida Craddock

Aleister Crowley wrote that Ida Craddock “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.” (The Equinox, Vol. III, No. 1.)

Ida Craddock was an early advocate for women’s rights and sex reform who helped hundreds of couples to improve their marriages with her sex education counseling and tracts sent through the mail. She was also an avid occultist and mystic who reported having regular sexual encounters with angelic beings. This was an incendiary combination in late nineteenth century America, inevitably attracting the attention of moral crusader Anthony Comstock, who devoted himself to her destruction. Although suffering exile, commitment to an insane asylum, and hard labor in prison, Ida’s courage and refusal to compromise her beliefs would lead to her ultimate triumph, even in death. This book tells the fascinating story of Ida Craddock and presents her most significant writings on marriage, sex, religion, and the occult, published for the first time in one collection.

Includes the full text of the following works by Ida Craddock, many in print for the first time:

  • The Danse du Ventre
  • Heavenly Bridegrooms
  • Psychic Wedlock
  • Spiritual Joys
  • The Wedding Night
  • Right Marital Living
  • Ida’s Letter from Prison
  • Ida’s Last Letter to her Mother
  • Ida’s Last Letter to the Public

“This book is of incalculable value to every student of occult matters. No Magick library is complete without it.”
— Aleister Crowley

Published by Red Wheel/Weiser
Paperback, 288 pages
$21.95 Available at a discount from Amazon.com