Over 15 years and nothing truly changes here.... *sigh* x) Dive in with eyes closed, right? So for whoever finds this topic....(I mean 2013... tssk...)
I am missing a title here. If you are serious about learning hermetics and wish to get a solid grasp of the content and it's sources, preferably before you start at "popular" magical hermetics, give the following title a read. It is the closest translation to the original texts and provides a vast amount of notes and sources, helping you further on your way. Not only by pointing out many other books that might serve you but also comparing the text to most other translations and other texts like the Koré Kosmou, the prinicples and the Nag Hammadi Codices . It will also help you determine what books are mostly similar to what you have already read and what will be new information.
(The book is meant as study material, so expect university-level notes and comparisons, not just between texts but between the interpretation of words in different languages. It is not a book you'll read front to back in one afternoon, as the book is about 80% notes sending you back and forth between the pages. It will take some studying but without grasping the knowledge your efforts with magick will be futile, or come at a very
high cost. If this is too much work for you, find a hobby instead. I don't mean to be rude, but that is simply how it is.)
The greek Corpus Hermeticum and the latin Asclepius in a new English translation with notes and introduction.
Brian P. Copenhaver
"I too wish to be immersed, my father." ~Tat
"Unless you first hate your body, my child, you cannot love yourself, but when you have loved yourself,
you will possess mind, and if you have mind, you will also have a share in the way to learn." ~Hermes Trismegistus