A modern-day witch, who “cosmically ordered” her boyfriend, cementing their relationship with a magic spell, claims her occult powers ensured her new man was the equal of Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston.
Just two weeks after using her witchy wiles to find the perfect man, children’s nanny Kate Goth, 30, of Totnes, Devon, told how Adam Taylor, 33, came to her via the dating app Tinder and, a practicing Norse pagan, was the perfect match.
A lifelong exponent of witchcraft, she explained:
“I had suffered a few heartbreaks and so wrote down in my journal that I was off men for good. I would only accept a man whose charm and wit were the equal of my imagined vision actor Tom Hiddleston.”
“Then, a fortnight later, along came my very own Tom Hiddleston in the form of Adam, who worked in a furniture warehouse and was living 25 miles away in Tavistock.”
Not keen to leave the progress of her romance down to fate, Kate, who only ever dresses in black or white and has pagan tattoos across her body, then used her magical abilities to bring them closer.
“I went to this tree in the woods just outside Totnes, where I often go to perform magic rituals.”
“I began by casting a protection spell around me and then placed down on the ground some bread and herbs as an offering along with three coins. Each one represented a desire – for abundance in fortune, happiness for my friends and family and abundance in love.”
“Then a week later Adam was made redundant from his job in Tavistock and came over to live with me in Totnes.”
“I later told him what I had done and he was a little shocked – but that was back in May 2018 and we joke about it now!”
Kate, who spent her childhood moving around the world – living in Hong Kong, Holland and Scotland, because of her dad and then her step-dad’s jobs, as both worked in the Royal Air Force.
But her interest in witchcraft was awoken at the age of eight, after her mum Karen Bailey told her they were related to the Pendle witches – 10 women and men from Lancashire, who were executed in 1612, on a charge of murder by witchcraft.
“That got me very interested in the idea of witchcraft, so I started researching it in books and on the internet,” recalled Kate, who remembers herself being an “odd child” who did not fit in with other children her age.
“Fairly soon after that I began practicing myself, using crystals to keep negativity away and for protection, along with divination techniques such as tarot card reading, to help understand the present and the future better.”
Though her parents and her two brothers accepted her new interest, believing it to be “just a phase,” her schoolmates were less understanding.
“I wasn’t particularly in to the things that other kids my age were and I remember being teased and bullied at school for not knowing who the Spice Girls were.”
“Then, when I said to someone that I was a witch, they just laughed and asked if I was going to turn them into a frog.”
“They just didn’t believe or understand any of it.”
Despite resolving to keep her magical ways to herself after that, she felt “empowered” by the knowledge that she was part of a tradition of women who had been ridiculed by society for their beliefs.
And when, eventually, she moved to Totnes – a town once hailed by Time Magazine as the New Age capital of Britain – in 2011, she felt totally comfortable being open about her craft.
“Everyone in Totnes is much more tolerant than in other places where I have lived,” explained Kate, who moved to the market town for work at a nursery.
“I dress quite conspicuously and before living here, people used to shout at me in the street. Here, though, complete strangers say good morning to each other.”
No longer secretive about her occult activities, Kate is very happy telling friends and strangers alike about her witchy way of life, although she prefers to practice alone and not within a coven.
Emphasizing the importance of the natural world in modern-day witchcraft, Kate spends much of her time gathering herbs and plants for use in remedies, which she brews at home and gives to her friends when they are unwell.
“For common colds, I will quite often make a nettle and wild garlic soup, which is really good for soothing it,” said Kate, who gets the recipes for her herbal infusions from books on witchcraft and folk medicine.
“I recently had a urinary tract infection, too, so I made a special tea using cleavers, nettles, corn silk and dandelions.”
“Within a couple of days it had completely gone.”
She also uses the local plant life for what she calls “supernatural spring-cleaning”, explaining how she wraps bundles of dry herbs into ‘smudge sticks,’ then setting fire to them and wafting the smoke around her home, to clear it of any bad energy.
“If I’ve, say, had an argument with Adam, I use smudge sticks to clear the air, while saying a spell.”
“But sometimes these spells can be quite passionate and once my housemate was a little surprised to come home and hear me screaming, ‘You can all just f*** off!’ at the bad spirits.”
While Kate feels more accepted than she has ever been and says her beliefs are now fully backed by her family, she still occasionally comes up against suspicion and fear.
“I was at a funeral not long ago and met a woman there who asked if I was a Christian.”
“When I replied that I was a pagan and a witch she immediately responded viciously saying, ‘You must be a devil worshipper then!’”
“I politely informed her that I do not worship the devil and left it at that.”
Quick to rebuff the common perception that witchcraft is only used for evil, Kate insists it is just as much a force for good as a force for malice.
“There are good people and bad people in the world, so of course there are some bad witches. But it is entirely down to the person using the magic to decide, and for me, personally, I think that it makes me a better person.”
“So I don’t feel the need to defend myself all the time about it – I am a very good witch and that’s all there is to say.”