Ida Craddock

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Ida Craddock aka Ida C. Craddock aka Mrs. Irene Sophia Roberts (in disguise)

America 1857 – 1902

Comments: Quaker ; Theosophist; Sex magick; Spiritualist; Early Contraceptive pioneer; Suffragette : Free Speech Movement; Feminist; practiced Karaza aka karraza perhaps a mispronunciation of the Hebrew technique of kavvanot aka kawwanah , as applied to Sex magick; defense of belly dancing in World's Fair, 1893; Ouija boards; Tantra; Yoga; student of Phallic antiquities; Belly Dancer castanets are symbols of the Female sex organ; "phonography shorthand writing; totem poles, 1891; ancient "Yonic deities" predated the Patriarchy; Ouija boards, 1891; clairaudience; not a fan of manual or oral sex, dirty talking, any distractions from the Holiness of the Sexual act;

Teachers: P. B. Randolph; Frederick Hockley; Laurence Oliphant ; Thomas Lake Harris; H.P. Blavatsky; Alice Bunker Stockham; William Miller; John Humphrey Noyes; "Angel named Soph"; "Iases, the Brahmin Indian spirit husband of her dead sister Nana, her deceased father Joseph Craddock; Elias Hicks, Quaker author of Observations on the Slavery of Africans and Their Descendants, 1748 – 1830; Frederic A Hinckley, Unitarian Preacher; Lucretia Mott, Abolitionist; influenced by The Fox Sisters (Spiritualists); Andrew Jackson Davis (The Poukeepsie Seer); General Ethan Allen Hitchcock; Jemima Wilkinson (The Universal Friend) ; Franz Anton Mesmer; Isaac Pitman, creator of Phonography shorthand; Richard Brodhead Westbrook; his wife Dr. Henrietta Payne Westbrook; Edward Bellamy, author of Looking Backward; Prof. Felix Adler; Daniel Brinton; Helen H. Gardener; Elizabeth E. Evans; Matilda Joslyn Gage; Elizabeth Cady Stanton; Richard Payne Knight, 1786; William Hamilton; Captain Edward Sellon ; E. G. Squier; John C. Bourke; Alexander Wilder; Hodder Michael Westropp; C. Staniland Wake; Max Muller; Major James Forlong; Thomas Wright; James Fergusson; Jane Ellen Harrison; Phineas Quimby; William James, philosopher; Ernest Holmes; Harriet Emilie Cady; Malinda Cramer; Nona Lovell Brooks of the Church of Divine Science; Ralph Waldo Emerson ; Charles Fillmore and Myrtle Fillmore of the Unity movement; Anagarika Dharmapala, 1893; Swami Vivekananda; Ramakrishna; Shri Chandra Vasu; Hargrave Jennings, especially Phallic Miscellanies, 1891; Pierre Arnold Bernard aka "The Great Oom" aka "The Omnipotent Oom" , 1875-1955; Emma Curtis Hopkins and the Divine Science wing of the New Thought Movement; Emmet Fox of Divine Science ; Ernest Holmes, founder of Religious Science; Annie Besant; Miss X aka Ada Goodrich Freer; studied but didn't approve of Madame Blavatsky; Mary Baker Eddy; Ralph Waldo Trine, author of In Tune with the Infinite; Alma Gillen, editor of Expression - a journal of Mind & Thought; Ella Wheeler Wilcox; Malinda Cramer of Divine Science, editor of Harmony; Helen Wilmans; Frances Willard of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union; Lois Waisbrooker, 1890s; Albert Chavannes; Havelock Ellis; Miss Annie Shoemaker, early teacher and crush;

Students: W.T. Stead; Aleister Crowley Richard Westbrook; Marie Corelli; influenced Theodore Schroeder; Samael Aun Weor AKA Victor Manuel Gomez Rodriguez; William Hope Hodgson; Cecil Frederick Russell; Louis Culling; Vere Chappell; Mary K. Greer; Simone de Beauvoir; Betty Friedan; Ursula K. Le Guin ; Rita Mae Brown; Shalamith Firestone; Fran Luck of WBAI; Kathie Sarachild; Kate Millett; Aileen Hernandez; Letty Cottin Pogrebin; Ann Snitow; Robin Morgan; Marilyn Webb; Ellen Willis; Anne Koedt; Jo Freeman; Kathie Sarachild; Anne Forer; Carol Giardina; Anselma Dell'Olio; Ti-Grace Atkinson; Susan Brownmiller; Meredith Tax; Elaine Showalter; Phyllis Chesler; Ellen Frankfort; Elizabeth Fisher; Leigh Eric Schmidt ; Hugh Hefner of Playboy magazine; James R. Peterson; Eunice Parsons, RN, 1902; George Ripley of Brook Farm, 1840, author of the Original Constitution of Brook Farm; James S. Van Telaar; Theodore Schroeder, author of Obscene Literature and Constitutional Law, 1911; James H. Leuba; Dr. R. W. Shufeldt; Leigh Eric Schmidt, 2010

Friends: Edgar Allan Poe; Mary Baker Eddy; Moses Herman, editor of Lucifer the Light-Bearer - a journal of investigations and Reform Devoted to the Emancipation of Women from Sex Slavery; Dr. Edward Bond Foote aka aka Edward Bliss Foote, author of Plain Home Talk and Medical Common Sense; Attny Hugh Pentecost; Voltairine de Cleyre; Katie Wood; Zoroastrian Reverend Otoman Zar-Adusht Hanish of El Kharan Temple, Persia aka Otto Hanisch of the Mazdaznan cult; Rev. William Rainsford; Edward Chamerlain, Esq;

Enemies: the Police and politicians of the era; Anthony Comstock ; Post Officer General Warren P. Edgerton; George Macdonald;

Organizations: Theosophical Society; American Secular Union ; Church of Yoga; - attended Friends Central Quaker School; taught at Girard College; Wagner Free Institute; lectures at the Manhattan Liberal Club, 1893; Brooklyn Philosophical Association; The Ladies Liberal League of Philadelphia; Boston's American Unitarian Association; Spring Garden Unitarian Society; Friends Social Lyceum;

Author: Heavenly Bridegrooms; Psychic Wedlock; Spiritual Joys, Letter To A Prospective Bride; Happy Wedlock - No. 1 for Husbands; Advice to the Bridegroom; Letter to a Perspective Bride; unpublished manuscript The Marriage Relation (437 typed paged); Danse du Ventre on belly dancing; The Wedding Night; Right Marital Living; Heaven of the Bible, 1897. Lunar and Sex Worship published after her death ; Sun and Dawn Myths; Sex Worship Continued; pamphlet Sex Modesty - True or False; lecture on Survivals of Sex Worship in Christianity and Paganism, 1893; Primary Phonography - an introduction, 1882; Intermediate or Full Phonography, 1892; lost manuscripts on the history of the Devil, Pagan Roots of Christianity , Worship of the Mother and Child; ; The Heaven of the Bible, with J. B. Lippincott, 1897; 1 or 2 issues of The Church of Yoga Messenger;

Quotes: The pleasures of Heaven are with me, the pains of Hell are with me"  ; - "If you believe in Jesus, aspire to be in unison with His Will from the moment the sexual ecstasy sets it... if you believe only in God thew Father, aspire to joy and thankfulness to Him, if you are an Atheist, aspire to be in harmony with the Law of the Universe; My husband is in the world beyond the grave, and had been for many years previous to our Union, which took place in October, 1892, her Heavenly Bridegroom or Spirit Lover; Whether my psychical experience a fact or hallucination...I have gained from it a knowledge of sexual relations which many years of reading and discussions with other people never brought me; "Think of your wife's Yoni as containing a Chapel, into which you enter to worship, not the woman, but worship God"; "There is but one lawful finger of love with which to approach her sexual organs"; "Not until you make God your third partner, so to say, will you understand the serene and lofty enjoyment of the truly wedded" ;

Resources:; ;;; read her WORK at; or here - ; Heaven's Bride: The Unprintable Life of Ida C. Craddock, American Mystic, Scholar, Sexologist, Martyr, and Madwoman by Leigh Eric Schmidt, 2010 ; ;