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Do you highlight and mark in your occult texts or keep them pristine?

"Do not try to make the sun rise by self-sacrifice,  but wait in confidence for the dawn, and enjoy the pleasure of the night."
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Liu

Re: Do you highlight and mark in your occult texts or keep them pristine?
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2018, 03:29:41 pm »
I normally read them digitally ;)

But, I do add comments and bookmarks to the PDFs, and when I have the text physically (book or print-out) I may also leave notes, especially on the print-outs, because if I do print out something then normally because I want to refer to it later again and work with it.

idgo

Re: Do you highlight and mark in your occult texts or keep them pristine?
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2018, 06:17:59 am »
I pencil in books to simplify math, and occasionally use white out or black ink to fix printing errors. I'm rather old-fashioned in my insistence that more colorful ink belongs in colouring books and sketchbooks only. I do occasionally fill a text with sticky notes when I'm engaging with it deeply, though.

For occult texts in particular, I find it useful to hand-copy "highlight-worthy" passages into an appropriate physical grimoire or diary.

I occasionally come across a secondhand book which has been highlighted, and have to remind myself that the former owner's "ritual" of treating a tome of secrets like a child's colouring page is itself a form of adding meaning to the work. Even though that "meaning" usually conveys few deeper insights than the reminder that some people are rather clueless....

Edit: In the intervening months I have recognized the merit to printing physical copies of PDFs. Those are sketchbooks or journals to me, with a convenient prompt in the shape of another author's page of words on each page. I mark the heck out of them, but then I would also not be nearly as bothered by having to burn one as I would be by the very idea of burning a "real book".
« Last Edit: April 12, 2019, 07:48:01 pm by idgo »

Lyscii

Re: Do you highlight and mark in your occult texts or keep them pristine?
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2019, 03:53:33 pm »
I dog-ear pages that I think I'll want to come back to more than once. I do find highlighting or underlining that others have done to a book to be distracting while reading, though it is interesting to see what someone else found significance in.