Thanks, graycloak - I’ve added myself to a couple areas. I dunno if I agree with Sorcery being conflated with “black magic” and “the dark arts” per se, but… meh. :D
Eek.. Sorry :\ This is a result of my studies at The Grey School of Wizardry, I fully admit. It’s rather instinctual to think in those ways now - I hope i didn’t offend you, or anyone else for that matter.
They make a big deal of framing “Black Magick/Dark Arts/Sorcery" as labels of obfuscation and not morality - That is, White Magick and Black Magick are not on opposite ends of a moral spectrum, but rather Black Magick and the Dark Arts are so named because they were shrouded in deeper mystery than the more ritualistic White, or Ceremonial, Magicks.
I got an “A” on one paper I wrote, because I explained how the term Black Magick has never held negative connotations for me, because of my years playing games: Starting with my early RPGs, games from Final Fantasy on have tended to break magic out in terms of utility, not morality (for the most part. There are, of course, exceptions) - White Magic is traditionally seen as Defensive and Black Magic is traditionally seen as Offensive. So for me, these terms have always been more about how the utility of magick was classified, and not about the morality of their use.
In the notes, the teacher commented she had never seen that explanation before, and was fascinated at how the Gaming world tended to portray the morals of magic so differently than the rest of pop-culture.
Anyway, I got kind of long winded there, but I wanted to try and explain where I’m coming from, and why I automatically lump those together. Again, I hope no one was offended - I honestly did not mean any offence, or any judgment of morality, by it.