O.K...let's just go there. We tiptoe around this mother to such a ridiculous degree that it becomes comical. At least to me it does. Here's the thing...We know that Wicca is a religion of love and light. It is, absolutely. No question. We're all about the love, all the time. We're also all about freedom, tolerance, and balance. Not all of us practice spell craft. As a matter of fact, I haven't met a WHOLE lot of us who do it more than once or twice a year even if we DO practice spell craft.
When I first became Wiccan, you couldn't even get me to discuss the subject of the "dark arts" of cursing, blasting, binding, hot-footing, etc. I would have absolutely left the room. And I remember marveling at the fact that an older, more experienced Wiccan friend of mine had, amongst his many "proper" Wiccan books, a book on Black Magick. I told him I wouldn't even want that thing in my house.
Well, fast forward a decade and now I understand why my friend had that book. He wasn't going to use it, but he wanted a complete education on the magickal arts. Here's the thing. When you work with the unseen in any capacity, you need to know the rules. And if you want to understand protection, the nature of energy, and the rules of the playing field, you need to understand the underbelly of the situation. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not telling all you beginners out there to go purchase a copy of the Black Pullet and hunker down in your bedrooms with that bad boy. As a matter of fact, please don't. What I AM saying is that there comes a time in a serious witch's education where you need to understand this stuff. If you never get there or it doesn't interest you, fine. But I'll tell you what...the first time a crazy ex hired some whack job to curse me for leaving him I wished I knew what the heck to do. And the other thing is, if you are helping people get out of sticky situations such as moving into a house that just happens to have an open portal to a diabolical realm in the basement (yes, it happened to me), then you need to understand the diabolical. Even the Catholic priests study demonology. Know thine enemy.
You know...a funny aside (at least to me) is that when you start reading all of those dark grimoires from the middle ages...tee-hee...every one of them was written by a Christian with a powerful position within the church. At least every one that I've found so far. I'm sorry... I know it's bad...but that just filled me with glee. I'm so tired of being accused of "devil worship" that I'm just a wee bit bitter...I know...deep breath. Let it out.
So yes, if you come to my home, you will find many books. Most of them are on healing, shamanic soul retrieval, Reiki, recovering from trauma, writing meaningful religious rituals, etc. But you will also find the Greater and Lesser Keys, the Black Pullet, and some other pretty crazy stuff. I'm not going to summon demons with them. I don't have my students read them. But I'm glad I have them.
The other thing that I've noticed is that now that I'm older and more experienced, I'm not afraid of the consequences of occasionally doing a magickal working that I wouldn't have done when I was younger. You know, if someone attacks me, I'm going to fight back. I won't make them break out in festering boils, but they just might find their dream job. In India. Blessings all around.