Far from explicit, Crimson Craft invites the reader to begin an exploration of themselves as divinely erotic, actively engaging in a world of pleasure. Rooted within a specific magical framework, one that is explicitly described, the reader is gently guided into magic, and from there into a practice embracing the self.
Knowing how many of us have wounds and scars from past sexual encounters and practices, Quin is explicit about using our wisdom to give ourselves time and support with the work we encounter within Crimson Craft. Each chapter includes a reminder to listen to ourselves when we feel resistance, and ways to engage in self care. We are reminded that doing this work is a choice, and we may always choose to stop the practice, skip it, or come back to it later.
I deeply appreciated Quin's emphasis on consent and their request to read any gendered nouns or language from a perspective of fluid inclusivity. They acknowledge their perspective as female, but don't expect the reader to do more than bring their own viewpoint to their words.
Chapters are woven through with reflections, stories, journaling, and practices. Poetry is given the same emphasis as prose, combining elegantly to life the reader into a new delight. Each chapter ends with a Self-Love Check-In asking how the reader is doing. Other questions gently offer support and ways for us to heal if we went to a difficult place.
In Crimson Craft, Quin has created a gentle yet powerful practice allowing us to experience ourselves as Divine, within the power and pleasure of sex.
~review by Lisa McSherry
Author: Halo Quin
Moon Books, 2023
pp. 178, $16.95