No doubt spurned by Saturday's events, yesterday marked perhaps one of the most personal and introspective summer solstices I've had in a while. I won't go into any detail apart from that a new guide was made known to me and I had the chance to formally meet and get to know the spirit. I'm utterly enchanted by them and am so happy our paths have crossed in this way. As they absolutely prefer secrecy, I won't comment any further.
After all the meditation, séance, and astral journeying, I got to sit down today and do what this bookworm does best: read. I finished Michelle Belanger's Sumerian Exorcism, which was a great compilation of spells and prayers from different primary sources. While most of the sources sited can generally be easily accessed online, I'm glad the author chose to compile them all with commentary in one neatly-structured book. As she notes multiple times throughout the introduction: the information is out there, but outside of academic circles you really have to know what you're looking for to find it. Since I work primarily with Mesopotamian deities, having a new reference like this on top of the historical books I consult is definitely valuable.
I'm also almost finished Peter J. Carroll's The Esotericon & Portals of Chaos. More on that once I'm done absorbing everything. These cards are definitely going to be immensely fun to play around with in ritual and evocation, as much as I fundamentally disagree with the majority of the book's interpretations regarding the deities.