UK’s only ‘village witch’ casts spell on tax man with claims expenses for magic

Britain's first official witch has been given unique permission to declare the job on her tax forms – even claiming spells and potions on expenses.

Cassandra Latham-Jones, 71, was the first to able to use the term ‘village witch’ when she files her returns with the inland revenue.

The self-employed witch can even write off certain expenses as tax deductible – including ingredients for her magical brews.

Cassandra has been a witch and official wise-woman for the village of St Buryan in Cornwall for over 30 years.

She offers traditional witching services such as tarot card reading, rituals, sea magic, Dark Arts, spells – and wart charming.

The trained nurse and qualified counsellor, also carries out other ‘witching’ duties such as counselling and community services.

She said: ‘’It was as simple as walking into the office one day, asking for a form, and in the occupation box just writing ‘Village Witch’ – and no one has ever said anything.

“If you put aside all the propaganda and the glitz and the glamour, and other paraphernalia that surrounds it, bottom line is – you’re there to help people and aid your community.

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“You can’t get NVQs in it, or GCSEs or even work experience to a certain degree because it’s not recognised as a valid profession by the powers that be.”

Cassandra said her initial journey into the practices of witchcraft was all about “being in the right place at the right time.

She added: “It turns out I was a bit of a pioneer because no one has done it before.

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‘’My expenses are slightly unusual – I need all the different materials, and the odd bottle of mead – if I’m doing a particular act of magic or ritual.

“But one thing I will say is that if you’re going to become a village witch, don’t expect to make a lot of money – it’s not a good career move if you want to be well-off.

“People like myself were in the community hundreds of years ago, certainly down in West Cornwall, it’s a principle that has never really gone away – they have always believed in folk magic, folk law and people like myself.

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“This role is sometimes called a cunning woman – not because they’re nasty, suspicious people but you have to use a certain cunning sometimes to help people.

“A spell is a kind of kickstart that gets the unconscious’ attention – things like archetypes, symbolism, candles, incense – they provoke an emotional response.’’

Cassandra is now officially retired but helps her partner, Laetitia, who hosts practical workshops to help people learn folk magic and wisewoman skills.

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