A father of two, I have been drawn to the symbolic and supernatural, then more precisely to LHP for years but am still an armchair magician.
The most practical things I have ever done are meditating, drinking while reading (which is “fun” and amplifies the pleasurable aspect but unfortunately numbs the mind, especially when you get into strong liquors) and buying rare volumes.
The reasons why I am still an armchair magician are:
-I don’t have much privacy at home, especially now with the quarantine
-time tends to be lacking as well
-some say one needs to be close to the ground, typically in a house or in an isolated natural place to perform rituals. I plan to move to a house in a couple years and will secure a private room as a temple/practice place.
As for the books, I do enjoy E. A. Koetting’s style as well as the Liber Falxifer series. Got a few Mason’s books as well and a couple Martinet Press volumes.
Whenever I get my things in order to truly practice, I intend to evoke Lord Mammon. The “dance with Mammon” series resonates well within me and Mammon’s reading list has already made me more knowledgeable about both businesses and people/mindset “vibrations.”
Before this, I intend to mostly lurk, ask questions and perhaps casually speak about this or that book.
Some may think that “armchair magic” is of limited interest, but there are so many magical content and out there, having them distilled to the core/relevant point may always be interesting, and as Mammon supposedly said books are already a gateway to their author’s specific vibration and mindset.
One question to begin with: have you already practiced advanced magical workings like evocation in a flat, that is, far from the ground? Or is a more “chtonian”, earth-grounded place necessary to make a good contact with a demon?