need recs – workbooks, mythology, occult, witchcraft, reference

I need books. Money is no object a possible issue, but I’m looking secondhand and don’t have to get everything at once. I’m trying to do somewhat more well-rounded studying, and also build up a good amount of options.

So, I’m looking for some workbooks, if anyone knows of any. I have and am enjoying Crafting Magick With Pen and Ink by Susan Pesznecker, but I’d like more like it. Preferably not based in any one religion, but more about witchcraft, thinking exercises, practicing skills, etc. I would also just take another writing based one, even with only a tenuous connection to the subject. Wiccish is acceptable if it’s all I can get.

I’m also looking for some good mythology and folkloric books or collections. I’m specifically looking at Greek and Roman mythology at this moment, but I’d like to build up some more. European options probably apply to my practice more but I’d like to have a bit of a background on anywhere. Building up basics, eg the Iliad and Odyssey, is something I need to do, but collections and so on are also good.

I don’t know what to ask for re Occult books, I really need to build a foundation. I would like the Lesser Key of Solomon and the Goetia, but having not read them yet, I can’t use them to point myself further. Anything demons or devils is something I’d at least read, classical fiction (eg Faust) included.

And some good reference books for plants/herbs, crystals, etc, would be good. I really like Beyerl’s Master Book of Herbalism, so if anyone’s read his A Compendium of Herbal Magick, The Symbols and Magick of Tarot, or Gem and Mineral Lore I’d like to know if they’re worth a look. And is Encyclopedia of Spirits the Judika Illes non-spellbook that people like, or am I thinking of something else?

Any of these options would be preferred/given bonus points if it’s queer (or an edition that at least acknowledges queer themes/identities).

For the last thing, something specific- if anyone knows a good annotated translation of The Divine Comedy, I’d appreciate it. I enjoyed Palma’s verse translation of Inferno but I believe it’s the only one he did, and does not include annotations.

(also taking fiction suggestions if you have them)

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