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Right Where You Are Sitting Now

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Right Where You Are Sitting Now is a podcast that explores the weirder side of the world we live in. From fringe musicians to cults, from alternative thinkers to Magick...basically, if it's coming from a fresh, funny or different perspective, we are interested in it! Check us out on the web at http://sittingnow.co.uk

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Right Where You Are Sitting Now is a podcast that explores the weirder side of the world we live in. From fringe musicians to cults, from alternative thinkers to Magick...basically, if it's coming from a fresh, funny or different perspective, we are interested in it! Check us out on the web at http://sittingnow.co.uk

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Right Where You Are Sitting Now

Latest release on Jan 03, 2021

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Rank #1: The Secret Cipher of Allen Greenfield

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After a bit of a hiatus, we've returned with a (great) beast of an episode. The legendary Allen Greenfield joins us to discuss all things Occult, O.T.O., and Secret Ciphers.

Allen is a revolutionary occultist who famously discusses the links between magical ritual and the UFO phenomenon. He is the author of many books, including most famously 'The Secret Cipher of the Ufonauts'. He recently made a splash on the Para-occult investigation series 'Hellier', and he a whole load of fun to talk to.

The interview ran long, so we've split in two, so look out for the next part dropping next week.

Joining me in the co-host chair is the mysterious yet approachable Ulysses Black.

Main theme by Simon Smerdon (Mothboy)

Music bed by chriszabriskie.com

Allen Greenfield Bio (via tallengreenfield.com):

T Allen Greenfield (the "T" or "Tau" being a customary title given to an esoteric prelate in the Doinel lineage upon their consecration) is a native of Augusta, Georgia, USA. With relatively brief sojourns in Tampa, Florida, Tucson, Arizona, and Key West, Florida, he has lived much of his life thus far in Atlanta. By the age of sixteen, he had become a world traveler, and has visited many countries all over the globe in the years since, from France to French Polynesia; from Canada to Venezuela; Greece to Grenada, Israel to Indiana.

He is a long-time student of esoteric spirituality and Gnosticism, a study he began in 1960. A past (elected) member of the British Society for Psychical Research, the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) (from 1960), etc., he has twice been the recipient of the "UFOlogist of the Year Award" of the National UFO Conference (1972 and 1992), which has run continuously on an annual basis for 41 years. He is a Borderland Science Research Associate (BSRA).

He has personally conducted on site UFO abduction investigations in Brooksville, FL; Pascagoula, MS; and Brown Mountain, NC. He considers the UFO phenomenon to be a "signal" from the Collective Unconscious that the neglect of a magical spirituality by society as a whole is a cause of emotional plague and social disaster.

Jan 03 2021

1hr 9mins

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Rank #2: Lucid Dreaming with Sarah Janes

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This week Josh gets hypnogogic with dream researcher Sarah Janes, whilst Ken rolls around somewhere in purgatory with a messed up back.

Sarah is our new go-to dream expert and has been studying the subject for many years. This week we discuss Lucid dreaming, the evolutionary purpose of dreaming, Hypnogogic imagery, and why Josh’s dreams are so boring.

Main theme by Simon Smerdon (Mothboy)

Music bed by chriszabriskie.com

Sarah Janes Bio

My name is Sarah Janes. I’m an independent researcher with a particular interest in dream culture in the ancient world and I have written about dreams and other things for The Idler, The Bohemian, The Journal of Paranthropology and Ancient Origins.

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PLEASE DO FEEL FREE TO DROP ME AN EMAIL: sarahjanes@hotmail.com

I also run the Explorers Club (St. Leonards Chapter), collaborate with Carl H. Smith on a VR project bringing ancient and future technologies together and organise dream retreats with fellow lucid dreamer Daniel Lee.

Sep 05 2020

1hr 2mins

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Rank #3: Living Thelema with David Shoemaker

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This week Ken and Josh sit down with the wonderful David Shoemaker to discuss all things Thelema, Magick, Crowley, and Carl Jung.

David is a well-regarded speaker on all things Thelema, and the host of the amazing 'Living Thelema' podcast (and author of the book of the same name). 

Main theme by Simon Smerdon -https://stillheatrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/burnthouse-lane

Music bed by hhtp://chriszabriskie.com

David Shoemaker Bio:

Dr. David Shoemaker is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in Jungian and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy. David is the Chancellor and Prolocutor of the Temple of the Silver Star. He is a senior initiate of Ordo Templi Orientis and A∴A∴, and has more than twenty-five years of experience supervising initiates in these organizations.

David was the compiler of the TOTSS publication, Jane Wolfe: The Cefalu Diaries 1920-1923, and a co-editor of the collections of the writings of Phyllis Seckler (Soror Meral), The Thoth Tarot, Astrology, & Other Selected Writings, The Kabbalah, Magick, and Thelema. Selected Writings Volume II, and Collected Poems 1946-1996.   He was also the co-editor of the collection of correspondence published as Karl Germer: Selected Letters 1928-1962. His popular book Living Thelema:  A Practical Guide to Attainment in Aleister Crowley’s System of Magick, followed on the success of the podcast of the same name.  David’s latest book, co-edited with Lon Milo DuQuette, is Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Ceremonial Magick.

In addition to his work in magick and psychology, David is a composer and musician. 

Aug 18 2020

1hr 21mins

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Rank #4: Authoring Reality with Joseph Matheny

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This week Ken sits down with our old buddy Joseph Matheny.

Joe is an innovator in the ARG space and is well known for his Ong's Hat mythology, he also used to rub shoulders with some pretty impressive people, including Robert Anton Wilson and Christopher Hyatt.

This week we discuss: Conspiracy theory, ARG, that flu thing going around, and much more.

Main theme by Simon Smerdon (Mothboy)

Music bed by chriszabriskie.com

Joseph Matheny's bio:

Some of the things I have achieved as an inventor, creator, product manager, CEO, CTO, writer, and artist include: Playing a role in establishing and evangelizing standards and practices such as PDF, DVD,  Podcasting, ARG and digital video. I am an inventor. I have designed apps for iPhone, iPad and other mobile platforms. I am a published author of screenplays, white papers, technology, sci-fi, marketing and gaming books.My pioneering work in Transmedia is chronicled in the University level textbook: Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search for Ong’s Hat – University Press of Mississippi (May 17, 2011) Also see here. My transmedia work, Ong’s Hat, is known throughout the gaming industry and academia as the first, proto-ARG. (Alternate Reality Game)I have also been the executive producer and originator of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Podcast the first film festival to podcast from the event and the executive producer/director of the Los Angles Film Festival podcast. I  was also the podcast editor at .I was one of the two founders/curators of the Greylodge Podcasting Company, an Independent film review site covered on MSNBC, Wall Street Journal, Boing-Boing, Dangerous Minds and Torrentfreak as well as a founder of Piltolite/Hukilau.I have staged and orchestrated very successful, large-scale, mass media Alternate Reality Game/Transmedia style projects since the mid-80s, utilizing print, phone, fax, email, Internet, advertising, video, film, audio, CD ROM, DVD, and on-demand media. My work has been featured on CBS Marketwatch, CNN, CNET TV, Kiplinger’s, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NHK, MTV, PBS, LA Times, Clear Channel Radio, BBC, MSNBC,  Boing-Boing, and many other weekly newspapers, trade magazines, local and regional radio, television and newspapers.My work was profiled in Games(TM) magazine, as well as Slate and Gizmodo. If you want to know “what it is“, these are probably the best profiles to date.The Incunabula Papers CDROM was recently included by invitation in the BNF (Bibliothèque nationale de France) digital art collection.

Aug 11 2020

1hr 10mins

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Rank #5: Julian Vayne Gets Higher

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This week Josh sits down with Chaos Magician and psychonaut Julian Vayne.

Discussed this week: Chaos Magick and why Josh is embarrassed to invoke Mr Spock, How can psychedelics affect magical workings, and how Julian became a psilocybin research guinea pig.

Ken's mic broke, so he'll be back next episode...so professional here.

Main theme by Simon Smerdon (Mothboy)

Music bed by chriszabriskie.com

Julian Vayne Bio (via: Blog of Baphomet)

Julian Vayne is an occultist and the author of a number of books, essays, journals and articles in both the academic and esoteric press. He is a freelance consultant, often working in museum and heritage settings, and lives in Devon. His name is most closely associated with the approach to occultism known as chaos magick. Julian is also an initiated Wiccan, member of the Kaula Nath lineage and Master Mason,

Aug 04 2020

1hr 13mins

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Rank #6: Allow Lon Milo Duquette to Introduce the Occult

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This week we return to the world of Magick and the Occult with the wonderful Lon Milo Duquette!

Lon's new book 'Allow me to Introduce: An insider's guide to the Occult' is a collection of Lon's various introductions to topics as varied as Aleister Crowley, Freemasonry, and Mozart's Magic Flute. Lon is, as far as I'm concerned, one of the world's leading authorities on Western Esotericism, and it's always a joy to have him on the show. So often in the world of the Occult, the texts and speakers can confront the would-be initiate with impenetrability, and Lon does just the opposite.

Main theme by Simon Smerdon (Mothboy)

Music bed by chriszabriskie.com

Lon Milo Duquette Bio:

Singer-songwriter, recording artist, and humorist, Lon Milo DuQuette is also the author of 19 critically acclaimed books (translated in 12 languages) on Magick and the Occult. Critics have called him one of the most respected and entertaining writers and lecturers in the field of the Western Mystery Traditions.

Since 1975 DuQuette been a national and international governing officer of Ordo Templi Orientis, one of the most influential magical societies of the 20th and 21st Centuries. He is currently the Order's United States Deputy Grand Master. He is an internationally recognized authority on tarot, ceremonial magick, and esoteric Freemasonry. Although he takes these subjects very seriously, he tries not to take himself too seriously. This rare combination of scholarship and humor has earned him in the last 30 years a unique and respected position in American spiritual and esoteric literature.

DuQuette appears occasionally on television and radio as a guest expert on subjects involving the occult. He is a contributor to the Magical Egypt DVD series' and a host on the new series, The Great Work.

He is a faculty member of the Omega Institute in Reinbeck New York, and Robert Anton Wilson's Maybe Logic Academy.

He lives in Costa Mesa, California with his wife of 52 years, Constance.

Jul 28 2020

1hr 12mins

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Rank #7: Satan For Dummies with Nikolas Schreck

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It’s good to be back in the SittingNow saddle, with a brand new series of our flagship podcast! We’re returning to weekly, and we can’t wait to start pumping out the shows for you! Don’t forget to subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, and Spotify!

Our guest this week is the awesome Nikolas Schreck, author, musician, actor and spiritual advisor. Amongst his large repertoire of interests, one name peaked our interest, you may have heard of him…the devil. Nikolas is a former Devil-worshipper, and a true expert on the subject. This is an awesome interview, strap in and enjoy the ride!

Nikolas has a new EP out now call ‘Schreck 2020: I’m afraid of America’, which you can check out here

See you next week!

Nikolas Schreck Bio:

Nikolas Schreck is an American singer/songwriter, musician, author, and film-maker.

Acclaimed by Austria‘s Evolver magazine as “already a legend in his lifetime‘‘, singer-songwriter, author and film-maker Nikolas Schreck’s initiatory application of music, ritual and theater formally began in 1984 when he returned to the West from a life-changing spiritual pilgrimage in Egypt to found the shapeshifting musical ensemble Radio Werewolf, a nine-year sonic magic operation which concluded in 1993. After pioneering early Los Angeles Gothic and deathrock with the band’s first incarnation, Radio Werewolf’s European phase was hailed by Christopher Walton of the band Endura for “simultaneously pre-empting and giving birth to the dark-ambient and ritual-industrial scene of the 1990’s.” Before embarking on his current solo career, Schreck has previously collaborated musically with Zeena, John Murphy, Kingdom of Heaven and Sir Christopher Lee, whose first album he produced. Schreck’s books include The Manson File: Myth & Reality of an Outlaw Shaman, Demons of the Flesh: The Complete Guide to Left-Hand Path Sex Magic (written with Zeena Schreck), The Satanic Screen, and Flowers from Hell. He is the director of the 1989 documentary Charles Manson Superstar, and has appeared in several films, including Mortuary Academy and Usher. His albumThe Illusionist was released in August on the Records Ad Nauseam label. His latest EP recording is SCHRECK 2020: I'm Afraid of America

Jul 17 2020

1hr 34mins

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Rank #8: Operation Paperclip with Annie Jacobsen

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This episode Kim the usurper takes the interview throne and interviews our second female guest to date, the wonderful Annie Jacobsen.

Annie has recently published a book called 'Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America', says it all really.

World War II, Secret Nazi Scientists, what more do you need? Enjoy!

Ken's (yeah...KEN'S) musical slices this week come in the shape of:

Annie Jacobsen Bio:

Annie Jacobsen is an investigative journalist and author who writes about war, weapons, U.S. national security and government secrecy. Her newest book, “OPERATION PAPERCLIP: The Secret Intelligence Program That Brought Nazi Scientists to America,” published on February 11, 2014 and became an instant New York Times bestseller.

Her 2011 non-fiction bestseller, ”AREA 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base,” has been published in five languages and is being made into an AMC scripted television series with Gale Anne Hurd (Walking Dead, Terminator), and Chris Carter (X-Files). 

Annie Jacobsen graduated from St. Paul’s School and Princeton University where she wrote with Joyce Carol Oates and Paul Auster, studied Greek, and served as Captain of the Princeton Women’s Ice Hockey Team. She was a contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times Magazine from 2009 until it closed in 2013. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Kevin and their two sons.

(source: http://anniejacobsen.com)

May 25 2020

1hr 26mins

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Rank #9: Everything is Fine! With Crispin H. Glover

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This episode we talk to a personal hero of mine, Crispin Hellion Glover. Although probably best known for his mainstream roles in films such as Back to the Future, Charlie's Angels, and Willard, Crispin has blazed his own trail via art-house cinema, underground book publishing, and relentless touring. Join us once again as we venture into the world of Crispin Hellion Glover.

Daddytank's musical treats this episode:  

Crispin Glover Biography 

Both onscreen and off, Crispin Glover earned notoriety as one of the most infamous oddballs in Hollywood, garnering vast critical acclaim for his bizarre character turns and intense performances. Crispin Hellion Glover was born September 20, 1964, in New York City. After his family's late-'60s relocation to Los Angeles, he began acting while still in elementary school, and by the age of 13 had already secured professional representation. After winning a lead role in an L.A. production of {+The Sound of Music} starring Florence Henderson, Glover graduated high school and began working regularly in television, appearing in guest roles on series like Happy Days, Hill Street Blues, and Family Ties. In 1981, he made his feature debut in the teen sex rompPrivate Lessons, and in 1983 appeared in My Tutor as well as a pair of TV movies, High School U.S.A. and The Kid with the 200 I.Q. Supporting roles in projects like 1984's Teachers, Racing With the Moon, and the American Film Institute-produced The Orkly Kid followed, but a highly idiosyncratic performance as Michael J. Fox's father in the 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future was Glover's ticket to stardom. In 1986, he delivered a brilliant performance in the disturbing teen drama River's Edge, but in the wake of its release he began to earn a notorious reputation for eccentric behavior: A July 1987 appearance on NBC's Late Night with David Letterman in which Glover -- clad in a ratty wig and platform shoes -- attempted to kick the program host in the head was the stuff of tabloid headlines, and the concurrent publication of {-Rat Catching}, an antique Victorian children's book updated with gruesome cut-up text and new drawings distributed through his mother's Volcanic Eruptions press imprint, did little to dispel questions about his sanity. In 1989, Glover issued an LP, {^The Big Problem Does Not Equal the Solution. The Solution Equals Let It Be}, containing a bizarro-world cover of the Nancy Sinatra hit {&"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'."} A follow-up, {^The Big Love Album}, remains unreleased. That same year, he shocked onlookers by refusing to return for the inevitable Back to the Future sequel. When another actor was outfitted with prosthetics as a substitute, Glover successfully sued 20th Century Fox, a legal victory which forced the Screen Actor's Guild to create new rules on the issue of performance "sampling." He then turned his back on the Hollywood mainstream, accepting supporting roles in off-kilter films like David Lynch's Wild at Heart and Lasse Hallstrom's What's Eating Gilbert Grape? In 1991, he even appeared as Andy Warhol in Oliver Stone's The Doors. By the mid-'90s, Glover had settled rather comfortably into his role as Hollywood's eccentric-at-large, appearing with some of the American independent community's most notable filmmakers. In 1993, he appeared in Gus Van Sant's Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, and in 1996 he delivered a memorable cameo in the opening scenes of Jim Jarmusch's masterfulDead Man. In 1995, Glover began directing his own film, What Is It?, starring a cast made up entirely of victims of Down's Syndrome. He also mounted The Big Slide Show, a traveling one-man performance-art piece incorporating footage from What Is It?, music from his records, and images from his books, which additionally included 1990's {-Oak Mot} and 1992's {-Concrete Inspection}. Though still a mainstay of smaller-minded independent films in the year 2000, Glover made a dramatic return to the Hollywood cotton candy blockbuster that year by gleefully sinking his teeth into his role as the creepy Thin Man in Charlie's Angels. Boiling over with a silent psychotic glee and displaying remarkable heretofore unseen dexterity (save for the aforementioned Letterman fiasco), Glover's Thin Man was a highlight of the film's action sequences and took his patented dementia to new heights. The following year found Glover in a rare starring role in Bartleby, a surreal adaptation of Herman Melleville's {-Bartleby the Scrivener}. The same year also found the wide release of Glover's little-seen pre-Rubin and Ed collaboration with directorTrent Harris, The Orkley Kid, a short that was included in Harris' The Beaver Kid. When a remake of the 1971 horror classic Willard was announced in 2002 and Glover was tipped to star, few could deny that his casting in the role was a stroke of genius. In 2005 he directed, wrote, edited, produced, and starred in the avant-garde feature What Is It? He followed that up with the equally idiosyncratic It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine. He returned to more mainstream ventures with Alice In Wonderland and Hot Tub Time Machine as well as the Elmore Leonard adaptation Freaky Deaky. He's also contributed his voice to several animated projects including 9, Beowulf, and the two direct-to-video sequels of Open Season. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi (Source: AllMovie)

May 25 2020

1hr 55mins

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Rank #10: Approaching Chaos with Lucy Wyatt

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This week we talk to author Lucy Wyatt about how ancient archetypes could save 21st Century Civilisation.

In this weeks episode we discuss: The Ur Concept, Mountain Civilisations, Shamanism, Alchemy, Magic, Quantum Physics, Religion, and much more.

DaddyTank's Ancient SoundCloud Specimens were resurrected in the form of:

Dang Communist - Postal DreamDunaewsky69 - UFHCSCJimmy The Hideous Penguin - Keeping It Gangster

If you have any queries, suggestions, insults etc. Please feel free to email ken@sittingnow.co.uk.

Enjoy!

Lucy Wyatt Bio:

Lucy Wyatt and family live on an unspoilt farm by the east coast of England. The farm was derelict but had 600 year-old oak trees, woods, hedgerows and old buildings. It was a chance to explore living in harmony with Nature. The Wyatts restored it using mostly eco-materials and now share this special place with many animals (horses, cattle, pigs, chickens, dogs, cats). The experiment includes the collection of rainwater for animal drinking; a 3-pond sewage system with Steiner-inspired flowforms; and a processor that uses Oil Seed Rape for high grade bio-fuel in farm machinery and a large electricity generator.

Apart from a grandfather who gave Lucy her love of horses, her family were not farmers. She grew up in the University town of Cambridge where her father was an architect (now in his 80s, he drew the illustrations in her book). Lucy, however, studied International Relations and Italian at Sussex University, aiming to work in Europe but instead ended up in London at Conran Group, and followed that with editing a magazine for a City of London stockbroker firm where she met her husband. They moved to the countryside after their first daughter was born. As well as researching the ancient past, Lucy is also interested in Earth energies and now leads local Gatekeeper Trust pilgrimages on equinoxes and solstices.

May 25 2020

1hr 18mins

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