Reversing spells are aimed to reflect back evil, negativity, pain, hatred, etc., to the person who sent it. They are also employed against a person who has performed a black magic curse against a victim.
Reversing spells give the appearance of being black magic, especially to the recipient of the spell as well as to uninformed people, but in reality they are examples of white magic, similar to protection spells. It's very important to realize that most of the recipients of reversing spells will claim they are victims of a curse, rather than accept ownership of their actions.
Reversing spells work much like the childhood phrase, "I'm rubber, you're glue. Whatever you say bounces off of me and and sticks to you!"
According to practitioners, the energy, good or evil, that people put forth wants to naturally return to the sender and it eventually will with time. By using reversing spells this time for the energy to return to the sender is greatly shortened.
Reversing spells are favored by Wiccans who adhere to their vow of the Wiccan Rede and don't practice black magic. Reversing spells are also favored by people who feel that such spells are more preferred over using black magic, especially since they perfectly embody the phrase, "Let the punishment fit the crime".
Reversing spells should not be performed lightly, as they often are more harmful and even deadlier than black magic curses. The reason being that people are their own worst enemies and evil or negative people often have strong self-destructive desires within their beings. There are even tales amongst practitioners of evil people who have actually died shortly after a reversing spell has been performed. In such cases it is assumed the person had been sending out evil energy for the death of another and paid the price for it. Ideally, one should only perform a reversing spell when actual harm has been done or when threats of harm have been made.
Reversing spells are more commonly placed on specific people, but in situations where the identify of the evil person is not known they can still be utilized. The evil energy directed at the victim knows the identity of the sender and wants to naturally return to him/her. Unfortunately it is possible for the evil person to deflect the reversing spell if they know magic, but usually only for a limited time. Eventually the evil person's will will falter and their own evil energy will immediately return right back to it's 'home'
Many items are utilized in the performance of reversing spells. Such items include special reversing candles, oils, incense, powders, stones, and herbs with the magical reputation of sending back evil to the sender. Because of the symbolism of "mirroring back" or deflecting, mirrors are often employed in reversing spells. Otherwise, a reversing spell may simply be cast with strong meditation and visualization techniques, with the individual visualizing the negative energy being sent to them as being deflected and returned back to the sender.
Reversing spells should not be confused with a spell to stop another spell, unless that spell is a black magic curse.