The Luciferian Research Society exists to facilitate interaction between people from all different branches of the occult and especially those that can be described as Left Hand Path. First and foremost the LRS is a virtual meeting place for people to find like-minded individuals to collaborate with on real world projects. Second, it is a philosophical trading post. A venue for the cross-pollination of ideas. The Luciferian Research Society is a community hub the endeavours to provide the resources for artists, occultists and esoteric groups to grow and to build bridges across the entire spectrum of traditions.
The traditional form taken by most occult themed communities is generally referred to as an Esoteric Order. These are invariably created with a top-down hierarchy and a progression of levels or degrees. Some of these are well formed, active communities who regularly get together in the real world to perform their work. However, many so-called Orders often turn out to be little more than online forums with titles. Perhaps you have experienced one or more of these online “Orders” yourself.
The original formation of the Ordo Luciferi, under the leadership of an individual going by the online pseudonym “Lucian Black,” was one of the latter groups. After having joined the O.L., which operated exclusively as an email discussion forum hosted on Yahoo! Groups, Jeremy Crow rose through the ranks and was eventually granted the highest title ever awarded by Black. However, after having put in a great deal of effort trying to evolve the Ordo Luciferi into a legitimate Esoteric Order and encountering massive resistance from the other title-holding members of the discussion group it became clear to Crow that it was all just an elaborate charade. The members with the loftiest titles enjoyed the status-quo of being able to wield their online influence over sincere newcomers without having to actually engage in real work.
At this point Lucian Black had been completely absent for about a year and Crow had been acting as de facto leader of the group. Frustrated with the entrenched power structure and his inability to change things, Crow officially denounced his title as meaningless and revealed the falsehood of the Ordo Luciferi to its existing membership. A few other title-holders followed suit and the entire group crumbled in a domino effect. [Later, at the request of several former members, Crow eventually revived the Ordo Luciferi, but reformed it into an Open Source self-initiatory system in which participants could gauge their own progress and ritualistically celebrate important milestones.]
Informed by this experience, on Sep 4, 2009 C.E. the Luciferian Research Society was founded by Jeremy Crow as a different way of forming an occult themed community. Rather than modelling it after an Esoteric Order, the LRS took the concept of an Artist's Guild for inspiration. There would be no hierarchy and titles would not be given out. Even those who took on moderator responsibilities would not be permitted to label themselves as such. Any influence or prestige enjoyed by a member of LRS would be earned through their own efforts rather than artificially bestowed upon them from some perceived authority figure.
Additionally, like an Artist Guild, the overall purpose of the LRS would be to assist members in developing their craft and to support their real world projects. While it's absolutely natural that members will spend a great deal of time engaging in conversation with like-minded individuals, the emphasis would be placed on action rather than idle chit-chat. While the LRS itself is absolutely not an Esoteric Order, the platform can be (and is) utilized by various Esoteric Orders to discuss and coordinate their work. Relevant Esoteric Orders have always been permitted to harness the LRS for such purposes while remaining completely independent and sovereign. In the early days a lot of people had a hard time understanding that the LRS was not itself an Esoteric Order. The format of an Order was so ubiquitous that many people simply assumed that any occult themed community was going to be structured in that familiar manner. It took a bit of time for some to understand the concept but it eventually became clear.
Several projects have been launched from the LRS with the most notable being a short run but immensely successful podcast and also the very first International Left Hand Path Conference. The conference, now called Flambeau Noir, has been held multiple times in subsequent years in various large cities and has also inspired several copycat conferences which continue to be produced to this day around the world.
For the first decade of its existence the LRS was completely free to join. Unfortunately the voluntary donation model proved to be woefully insufficient at covering the cost of maintaining operations. In 2018 it became necessary to institute a very modest subscription fee of just one US dollar per month or ten dollars for a full year. The level of activity on the LRS has gone through several ups and downs but during the most popular phases of the site it has generally enjoyed about a thousand or so active users. There have been a few purges of inactive accounts over the years. Currently the LRS has over 2000 registered members.
The first half of the year 2020 saw a resurgence of interest in the LRS. This uptick in activity was likely caused by a combination of serious privacy concerns with Facebook mixed with the social isolation of individuals necessitated by the global Covid-19 pandemic. To accommodate an increasingly tech savvy user base, especially in regards to those accessing the platform from mobile devices, the LRS underwent the largest upgrade since its initial launch. An entirely new interface was launched on the Summer Solstice (June 20th) of 2020 which included a redesign of the layout along with several new features. A Grand Reopening campaign was also launched which brought in a lot of new members and also reactivated many registered members who had become inactive.
Types of people that might benefit from joining the LRS. [Unfinished Section]