Ida Craddock was a late-nineteenth-century advocate for women's rights who helped hundreds with her sex counseling and marriage manuals. She was also an avid occultist who reported having sexual intercourse with angelic beings. Her work was highly praised by Aleister Crowley, but condemned by moral purists of the time. 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. Join us to learn about this fascinating woman and her writings on sex magick, mysticism, belly dancing, and intercourse with angels beings.
Presented by Dr. Vere Chappell. He is a writer, photographer, and researcher specializing in sexuality and spirituality. He travels extensively, studying and documenting sacred sexuality in art, history, and culture around the world. He has been a practitioner of ceremonial magick for over 35 years, and joined Ordo Templi Orientis in 1989. Shortly thereafter he founded LVX Camp (now Star Sapphire Lodge) in Los Angeles, and has served as Treasurer General for OTO worldwide since 2005. As a Bishop of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica he trains and supervises clergy and regularly administers the sacraments of the church. He holds a doctoral degree in Human Sexuality and is a founding member of Academia Ordo Templi Orientis, a scholarly research society within OTO. He is the author of "Sexual Outlaw, Erotic Mystic: The Essential Ida Craddock" (Red Wheel/Weiser, 2010) and editor of "Lunar and Sex Worship" by Ida Craddock (Teitan Press, 2010) and "Snowdrops from a Curate's Garden" by Aleister Crowley (Edda Publishing, 2013). He lives in Southern California with his wife and colleague, Lita-Luise Chappell.
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