May 20, 2012
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The NYC Satanists/LHP Discussion Group, also known as New York City Satanists, Luciferians, Dark Pagans, and "Left Hand Path" Occultists, is one of only a very few Satanist/LHP groups in the entire world that hold regular meetings open to the general public. We are the oldest such group (founded in 2003) and the easiest way to meet Satanists, LHPers, etc. in NYC.
We hold open discussion meetings and informal social gatherings in Manhattan. We welcome Satanists, Luciferians, "dark" Pagans, and "Left Hand Path" occultists of all law-abiding kinds, theistic or nontheistic. We also welcome open-minded people interested in learning about the various forms of Satanism, Luciferianism, "Dark" Paganism, and "Left Hand Path" occultism.
Our founder, Diane Vera, is a non-LaVeyan theistic ("traditional") Satanist. She has a website on theistic Satanism, including a page for theistic Satanists in or near New York City, and aims also to build a New York City proto-congregation of the Church of Azazel. However, this Meetup group (NYC Satanists, Luciferians, Dark Pagans, and LHP Occultists) is NOT just for prospective Church of Azazel members, and not just for theistic Satanists, but aims to welcome all kinds of Satanists, Luciferians, dark Pagans, and Left Hand Path occultists on an equal basis. (See What is Satanism? for the most general definition of "Satanism.")
Our calendar page lists not only our own meetings, but also some other events not sponsored by this group per se but organized by regularly-attending members of our group. (In the past, such events have included music concerts by one of our members -- see our page To musicians, artists, writers, etc..)
At some point we may begin (again) holding private meetings (as we did briefly in summer 2009 and winter/spring 2010) as well as open meetings. To become eligible to be considered for full active membership and thus be welcome at private meetings, a person must either (1) attend (and RSVP for) three of our open meetings or (2) be recommended by at least two of our members who have gotten to know the person outside of meetings.
Note that active membership, as defined above, is not the same thing as membership in this Meetup group. Anyone may join this Meetup group. All who wish to attend our open meetings should join this Meetup group and RSVP for the meetings.
Please note: The "Latest activity" feed on the front page of this Meetup site is set up not to display member joins, member greetings, or RSVP's. However, member profiles are displayed in the Members area of this Meetup site. If you want other members to contact you via Meetup, please fill out your profile, which will move automatically to the top of the list every time you visit this Meetup site. If you want to participate in this Meetup group in a manner that will appear on the front page, not just on the Menbers page or on the pages of events that you RSVP for, please participate in discussions on our message board.
Please note also: This group is not a dating service. When writing your member profile, please refrain from making it sound like a personal ad. However, if one of your aims here is to find a potential spouse, life partner, lover, or playmate, you are welcome to post a G-rated personal ad in the Services for our members -- ads, announcements, and recommendations section of our message board.
Our message board has the following sections:
Lately we've had a lot of non-New Yorkers joining this Meetup group, especially people from Africa. Non-New Yorkers who join us are advised to post in either of the following two sections of our message board, as appropriate: Satanists in Africa or Other non-New Yorkers. If you want to be contacted by other people from your locale, it is recommended that the title of your thread include the country and state/province you live in.