I am looking for as much information as possible about Soror Astrid or Dorothy Olsen, Leah Hirsig's successor in the office of Scarlet woman. Also, is there a photograph of her existing? Any information is welcome, if necessary please PM me.
Thanks in advance
After lots of search I finally found some tiny pieces of information: AC writes in some letter to Montgomery Evans in October 1926 that Soror Astrid should have arrived in Chicago on the "Leviathan" by then. In "Perdurabo" (p.338) Dr.Kaczynski writes that she left home to the United States on AC's 52nd birthday, which would have been October 12 1927. Okay, saucy and pedantic as I might appear, bringing the two pieces of info together it seems that Dr.Kaczynski simply mis-calculated the birthday-thing. On October 12 1926, his 51st birthday, the "Leviathan" left Cherbourg, France and arrived six days later in Chicago. On board: one Dorothy Olsen, born on September 6 1892 in Chicago. This fits with another piece of "Perdurabo" info saying that she was 32 when she met Crowley in 1924. So it seems we have her birthday date! Searching all the genealogy pages out there on the web I did not find anything more, but right now I might be after a good trace following one Astrid D Olsen that was born in Chicago. This one had more siblings and a father, no mother is mentioned in a 1910 census. But the chances rise that I can find more about her soon.
Again, anyone knowing more about her is invited to provide much needed information. Photographs would be especially cool. Did she really worked with Frater Achad after her return? Martin P. Starr writes that W.T.Smith recovered some AC manuscripts (the only "Atlantis" copy among them) in her possession. So there might have been more contact with other Thelemites. Although it seems she has left no written "proof" of her Scarlet Woman-ship, she was AC's mistress in extremely eventful times. Expulsed from Sicily, working in Tunis, the Weida conference in Germany, finding Karl Germer, losing Leah and Mudd, finding Yorke - it must have been highly interesting. And moreover AC was deeply in love with her. His love poems to her in his "Book of Oaths" are really heart-warming, sometimes even just boyish-silly. I love them. Of course, she also was a beast, she drank too much and did not hesitate to fight AC. In short: everybody is again invited to continue to unearth the story of one of AC's Scarlet Women.
Many thanks in advance
A few more bits from Symonds' "The Beast 666":
She drank herself to death (when?)
She sent AC 30 dollars as late as 1931
She dined with Germer and Regardie before the latter left to meet AC in 1928
So there seems to have existed at least a few relations after her departure in 1926.