Your browser does not support script
TWV Presents...

Articles/Essays From Pagans

[Show all]

Views: 21,058,534

August 25th. 2018 ...

A Little Magickal History

Men and the Goddess

Back to Basics Witchcraft: Magical Creativity for Small Living Spaces

Kitchen Magic and Memories

Why the Faeries?

Magic in Daily Life

An Open Fire: Healing from Within

On Preconceived Pagan/Wiccan Political Affiliations

Elements of Magic

Cernunnos: The Darkest Wood in the Moon's Light

Gudrun of the Victory Gods

Ares and Athena

La Santa Muerte... The Stigma and the Strength

The Lady on the Stairs

The Wheel of the Year in Our Daily Lives

July 26th. 2018 ...

The Importance of Unification: Bringing Together Community Members to Invoke Cohesivity

May 29th. 2018 ...

Wild Mountain Woman: Landscape Goddess

April 20th. 2018 ...

Nazis Made Us Change Our Name

January 25th. 2018 ...

Finding Balance: Discipline Wedded to Devotion

November 15th. 2017 ...


September 30th. 2017 ...


August 31st. 2017 ...

The White Goddess: A Seminal Work in the Neo-Wiccan Movement.

July 31st. 2017 ...

Sin Eaters and Dream Walkers

July 2nd. 2017 ...

A Distant Thunder: Should You Care?

On Cursing: Politics and Ethos

June 1st. 2017 ...

Herbal Astrology

The Sacred Ego in Mediterranean Magical Traditions

April 30th. 2017 ...

Tarot Talk: the Knight of Pentacles

March 30th. 2017 ...

The East and West of Wiccan Magick

Tarot Talk: the Ace of Swords

January 10th. 2017 ...

The Gray of 'Tween

Becoming a Sacred Dancer

December 9th. 2016 ...

A Child's First Yule

November 10th. 2016 ...

What Exactly Is Witchcraft?

A Witch in the Bible Belt: Questions are Opportunities

On Death and Passing: Compassion Burnout in Healers and Shamans

What I Get from Cooking (And How it’s Part of My Path)

September 3rd. 2016 ...

Rethinking Heaven: What Happens When We Die?

What is Happening in My Psychic Reading?

August 12th. 2016 ...

Hungarian Belief in Fairies

Designing a Pagan Last Will and Testament

Past Midnight

July 13th. 2016 ...

What Every Pagan Should Know About Curses

Magic With A Flick of my Finger

Finding and Caring for Your Frame Drum

An Open Mind and Heart

June 13th. 2016 ...

Living a Magickal Life with Fibromyalgia

My Father, My First God

May 15th. 2016 ...

Wiccan Spirituality

Faery Guided Journey

Working with the Elements

April 2nd. 2016 ...

The Fear of Witchcraft

Magic in Sentences

March 28th. 2016 ...

Revisiting The Spiral

Still Practicing

January 22nd. 2016 ...

Coming Out of the Broom Closet

December 20th. 2015 ...

Magia y Wicca

October 24th. 2015 ...

The Dream Eater--A Practical Use of Summoning Talismans

Feeling the Pulse of Autumn

October 16th. 2015 ...

Sacred Lands, Sacred Hearts

September 30th. 2015 ...

The Other-Side

September 16th. 2015 ...

Vegan or Vegetarian? The Ethical Debate

August 6th. 2015 ...

Lost - A Pagan Parent's Tale

July 9th. 2015 ...

Love Spells: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

The Magic of Weather

June 7th. 2015 ...

A Pagan Altar

A Minority of a Minority of a Minority

The Consort: Silent Partner or Hidden in Plain Sight?

May 6th. 2015 ...

13 Keys: The Crown of Kether

March 29th. 2015 ...

A Thread in the Tapestry of Witchcraft

March 28th. 2015 ...

On Wiccan Magick, Theurgy, Thaumaturgy and Setting Expectations

March 1st. 2015 ...

Choosing to Write a Shadow Book

January 1st. 2015 ...

Manipulation of the Concept of Witchcraft

Pagans All Around Us

Broomstick to the Emerald City

October 20th. 2014 ...

Thoughts on Conjuring Spirits

October 5th. 2014 ...

The History of the Sacred Circle

Abandoning Expectations and Remembering Your Roots

September 28th. 2014 ...

Seeking Pagan Lands for Pagan Burials

Creating a Healing Temple

NOTE: For a complete list of articles related to this chapter... Visit the Main Index FOR this section.

Article Specs

Article ID: 15052

VoxAcct: 19612

Section: words

Age Group: Adult

Days Up: 2,160

Times Read: 3,076

RSS Views: 11,162
Fight or Flight: What Would a Pagan Do?

Author: Strega Viola [a WitchVox Sponsor]
Posted: October 21st. 2012
Times Viewed: 3,076

“Fight or flight?” Walter Cannon coined the phrase to describe the reaction to threat by the central nervous system as a response that dominates the instinct of both humans and animals on this planet. In other words, we either run from threat, perceived harm, or abuse; or we stand up against it.

But does a spiritual person stand up to abuse in order to correct it, or do they “turn the other cheek?” I learned that the opinions and arguments concerning this question are extremely varied, and much more diverse- depending of course, on the incident referred to. Karma had dictated that one day, I would be faced with a fight or flight decision that would prove to be a life altering issue.

So I'll backtrack a little, and let the reader decide. I was born a Catholic, and I was always taught that the closest person on earth to God -was a Priest. And I sincerely believed that. I was proud of my faith, and had always felt secure that God was watching over me. I talked to him every night as a child in my prayers, and I enjoyed his company. Life was good. I went to Catholic school, and accepted the belief in God, and Mary, his Mother. And throw in some Saints and Angels, and life was even better.

Although my family was originally from Italy, and they had mixed some aspects of Stregheria (Italian Witchcraft) with Catholicism, I found it a little confusing; but I accepted it, and I was happy. But shortly after 8th grade, a Catholic Priest repeatedly abused me; and my life changed drastically. My faith became distorted, and I was unable to comprehend what had been done to me; as I could not mentally process how a Catholic Priest could violate me like that.

I am not going to go on a Catholic Bashing rant; most of my relatives, and many of my friends are still Catholic – and I accept that. That is the path they have chosen to keep; and I will respect that decision. But I had made the decision however, to explore other faiths as a teen; as a result of the abuse I had suffered. I turned a bad experience into a learning experience, and I was very surprised at what I was discovering at the time; that Paganism, Magick, and Witchcraft was my true calling.

Starting in the 1970's, I collected books on Witches, Paganism, Rituals, Occultism, Stregheria, the Craft, Astrology, Wicca, Ancient Witchcraft, Goddesses, Magick, Cabala, and on and on. I have collected thousands of books on any and all Pagan related subjects, and I still do.

I began practicing my own blend of eclectic Magick in the mid 1970's, and I wrote my own rituals, and also joined others Pagans in many events, Circles and Covens for the past 40 years. Although I suffered from the effects of child abuse- anxiety disorders and PTSD; my saving “medicine” was the practice of Magick and Witchcraft. It was also the fulfillment of my Spirituality.

I got married in 1979, and I have been married now for 32 years.

But in 2003, destiny threw me a curve, and placed me in a critical decision mode. The State of California lifted the statute of limitations on child abuse cases, for only that year; and I was put to a test. I found out that the Priest who had violated me was in ministry with kids, and that those potentially vulnerable children were with him regularly, as I was; and I was shocked. A lawyer told me that I had only one year to file a claim of child abuse, and that would be the one and only period in my life that I would have a chance to seek justice for what had happened to me; and stop the abuser priest from being around other vulnerable kids.

I contacted the Bishop of San Francisco, and asked him to remove the Priest who had abused me; and not allow the Priest to have access to innocent children. The Bishop refused. It was at that point that I was faced with the question: Fight or Flight? Should I just forget it, and leave the other children to fend for themselves, and allow the predator to have freedom to be around children? What would you do?

I thought about it, and I decided that Karma had kicked me, and I would be the Pagan that would fight. Perhaps many others would have fled, but there were still other children to think about.

I filed suit.

But ironies kept multiplying, as if they were designed to by an unseen force. The biggest irony was that the Bishop of San Francisco himself, Bishop Levada, placed the Priest who had molested me in a position as Associate Pastor at the largest Cathedral in the City. To magnify the irony, Bishop Levada was promoted to be the “Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith”, which is literally- the “Office of the Inquisition”. Cardinal Levada was made the present day ”Inquisitor General”. So I was to oppose the Inquisitor General, historically the office that was responsible for the “Hammer of the Witches”, and the Inquisition itself.

Now I ask: “What would you do in my place?”

Thousands of cases of clergy abuse cases were filed that year, and more than 99.9% of them were settled out of court. But mine was not. I was the only victim to proceed to a court jury trial in my county, - Contra Costa County. The church spent over 5 million dollars fighting the case, and it took nearly six years to litigate.

I practiced Magick to win the case, which may seem arguable, but I won. The church appealed three times, and I won all the appeals as well. The predator priest was removed from ministry and the school; and I think destiny and Karma had predetermined the outcome.

I hold no animosity for the Catholic faithful, nor for the clergy who have genuine concern for the unfortunate children who were violated. And I am in awe at the effects of Karma, and destiny, and the practice of Magick; but if I had to do it all over again -I would.

But the real irony came shortly after the trial; the lawyers told me that there has only been one recorded case of a “Witch” defeating the church in a court jury trial in history. And that is my case. Karma again? I recently wrote a book about my experiences, A Witch Wins Justice.

I wish Peace and Magick to all - of any belief system.

What would you do?


Copyright: 2012


Strega Viola

Location: Martinez, California

Author's Profile: To learn more about Strega Viola - Click HERE

Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE

Email Strega Viola... (No, I have NOT opted to receive Pagan Invites! Please do NOT send me anonymous invites to groups, sales and events.)

To send a private message to Strega Viola ...

Pagan Essays

Pagan Web
8,000 Links

Pagan Groups
Local Covens etc.

80,000 Profiles

Home - TWV Logos - Email US - Privacy
News and Information

Chapters: Pagan/Heathen Basics - Pagan BOOKS - Traditions, Paths & Religions - Popular Pagan Holidays - TV & Movies - Cats of the Craft - Festival Reviews - Festival Tips - White Pages (Resources) - Issues/Concerns - West Memphis 3 - Witch Hunts - Pagan Protection Tips - Healing Planet Earth

Your Voices: Adult Essays - Young Pagan Essays - Pagan Perspectives (On Hold) - WitchWars: Fire in the Craft - Gay Pagan - Pagan Parenting - Military - Pagan Passages

Pagan Music: Pagan Musicians - Bardic Circle at WitchVox - Free Music from TWV

Vox Central: About TWV - Wren: Words, Wrants and Wramblings - Guest Rants - Past Surveys - A Quest for Unity

Weekly Updates: Click HERE for an index of our weekly updates for the past 6 years

W.O.T.W. - World-Wide Networking

Your Town: A Link to YOUR Area Page (The largest listing of Witches, Pagans, Heathens and Wiccans on the Planet)

VoxLinks: The Pagan Web: 8,000 Listings

Your Witchvox Account: Log in Now - Create New Account - Request New Password - Log in Problems

Personal Listings: Pagan Clergy in Your Town - Adult Pagans - Young Pagans - Military Pagans

Events: Circles, Gatherings, Workshops & Festivals

Covens/Groups/Orgs: Local Groups Main Page

Other LOCAL Resources: Local Shops - Regional Sites - Local Notices - Global/National Notices - Local Skills & Services - Local Egroups - Political Freedom Fighters

Pagan Shopping: Online Shops Index - Original Crafters Sites - Auction Sites - Pagan Wholesalers - Pagan Local Shops

Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2018 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.

Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh G5.

Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections (including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wren’s Nest, etc.) are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witches’ Voice, Inc. TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.

Sponsorship: Visit the Witches' Voice Sponsor Page for info on how you
can help support this Community Resource. Donations ARE Tax Deductible.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.

Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
Witches, Pagans
of The World

Search Articles

 Current Topic
 Editorial Guide

NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.

The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.

All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).