Binding Arts of Magic, Spirits, Entities
The prism of the supernatural
You will find most practitioners and believers have their own ranking system when it comes to placing spirits, entities, or magick into the categories of "White", "Dark/Grey", "Neutral" (only applies to magick), or "Black". These terms are the only industry standards, apart from these, the avenues & criteria by which the paranormal fits into them are different.
Binding Arts of Spirits or Living Entities
Spirits: A ranking of White Arts means the spirit is good, positive, has an uplifting & kind energy associated with it.
Most practitioners rank spirits/entities, like Angels, who are capable of attack & retribution as White Arts as they only act in defense. They do not indulge in causing dischord. White Arts spirits/entities who can provide protection, avenge wrongs, and fight back are considered White Arts as they do so in order to provide positive support on your behalf.
White Arts spirits/entities are incapable of wrongdoing and making decisions that negatively affect yourself, your atmosphere, your home, etc. They are pure, light, positive beings who provide a positive enrichment. They make positive-based actions and decisions as they are guided by purity and positive power. They cannot engage in any kind of negative or harmful behavior as they are incapable of doing so by their own design.
Spirits: A ranking of Dark/Grey means the spirit is capable of good and bad. They will likely choose good, but can experience ups and downs in mood & energy swings just like humans.
Technically, anything that has the ability to choose right or wrong is Dark Arts; it has the ability to choose to do wrong. This obviously includes human beings. However, you will often find the term "Dark/Grey" is used to describe the Dark Arts spirits/entities who have the capability of choosing to do wrong but never, or seldom, do.
It is always important for you to understand what kind of spirit/entity you are welcoming into your home. If you are unsure, you should ask the practitioner or seller with whom you are working. The ranking system on our site should only be used as a guide as even within some races, like Vampires or Djinn, there can lighter or darker extremes.
Although Dark Arts /Grey spirits can choose to annoy or play pranks, most are truly good the majority of the time. This is why many Keepers find them to be good companions.