This book, PILLARS vol.1, issue.1, was recently given to me as a gift. It’s comprised of various essays, spiritual philosophy, ritual, and art, from contributing writers and artists.
The book is interesting, well designed, with nice writing, but I feel like a lot of the material is a re-hashing of old ideas, particularly taken from Crowley and related Gnosticism and Esotericism. The opening invocation is nice, but is immediately recognizable to pretty much anybody initiated, with Hadit, Nuit, and Horus being replaced with Lucifer, Sophia and Abraxas, etc., and most of the book continues in this vein. Is this a bad thing? No, not necessarily. these deities are representative of the same general archetypes, and the people who put the time and effort into making this book obviously have done a lot of prior studying. I haven’t finished it, but for the most part, the essays seem pretty informed and aligned with traditional practice, just rehashed to be applicable to their own style.
Aside from the written content, the book is really well put together, the design and production are enough to make it stand out. They’re hand numbered out of 230 copies, and come with a cardstock page stamped in blood, including an invocation and the publisher name.
I’ll scan and upload more pages if anybody is interested in seeing more.