Now that everything's out of the way I have been excitedly tackling my new books. Used bookstores continue to be a godsend and I finally found physical copies of Charles Godfrey Leland's Aradia: Gospel of the Witches and Paul Huson's Mastering Witchcraft. I have read both numerous times before but only as ebooks. It feels great to have these classics in my hands. Also (and it feels surreal to even write this) I actually found Stephen Skinner's The Complete Magician's Tables for a great price in person. I'm pretty sure I let out an audible "Eee!" when I found it. It was one of those resources that I had been wanting for so long but simply could never find for a fair value. My ever-growing library feels a lot better with these additions.
That said, there is plenty of new material to get through thanks to Amazon and all the usual local stores. First up is Stephen E. Flowers' Hermetic Magic. After going through Seven Spheres and all its wonders, I was keen on picking up an introduction to Hermeticism that would expand on my truly elementary understanding of its origins. I found Hermetic Magic to be a great, clear, and concise read—I really liked that it began with history first, then theory, and then praxis. It clarified so much of what I had passively picked up through other books but never fully understood. I'm going to look around for other books on the same topic in the future, just to do some cross-referencing. My interest in exploring and getting involved in Hermeticism has definitely been sparked.