A “Return to Sender” (sometimes also called a “Back to Sender”) is a type of spell designed to remove a hex, curse, or other unwanted energy AND send it back to where it came from. It is usually classified as a form of Banishing Magick.
If you or someone you know believes that they have been cursed, hexed, or otherwise sent bad energy and you want to break free, a Return to Sender is something to consider.
Not sure if you are the victim of a curse or hex? The Curse Detection Guide has a list of common signs that someone may be under a curse.
If you do not believe that you are the victim of a targeted curse or hex, then a Return to Sender Spell might help disperse some of the energy you are dealing with, but it is probably not the best-suited spell for your situation. In this case, you might consider removing general negativity from your space with cleansing methods or overcoming bad fortune with magickal charms for good luck instead.
Black or Baneful Magick is generally defined as any magickal working cast with the intention of causing harm. All those who practice magick are free to choose their own magickal ethics, and some witches choose to incorporate Baneful Magick into their practice. Other witches, such as Wiccans who follow the Wiccan Threefold Law or those who believe in karma, choose to not incorporate Baneful Magick into their practices. To each witch their own!
When it comes to Return to Sender spells, like all magick, whether the spell is Baneful or not depends on the caster’s intention. Intention is the goal of the spell- it is what guides the energy to manifest the caster’s wish in the way they (or the deities or spirits they call upon) desire.
A Return to Sender Spell cast with the intention of getting back at and hurting the original caster is a spell intended to cause harm. This would be considered Baneful Magick.
A Return to Sender Spell cast in self-defense with the goal of freeing oneself from a curse would not be considered Baneful Magick (although some may consider it to be Grey Magick: magick that is not entirely helpful nor harmful, but somewhere in between).
In short, the same spell cast with different intentions = two different types of magick. It is up to every caster to define their own magickal ethics and practice in the way that feels right to them
But if you were afraid of casting a Return to Sender Spell because you do not practice Baneful Magick, set your worries free! You can rest assured that it is possible to cast a Return to Sender without it being Baneful Magick
Looking to cast a Return to Sender Spell? Here are a few tried and true RtS spells you can use!
Have you ever done a Return to Sender Spell?
Feel free to share your experiences, guidance, and recommended spells in the comments below.
Happy Casting and Blessed Be!