Changing Paths and What is Expected
Do you have to give up your old religion and destroy all old symbols and stuff you have of it?
You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do, but if you have chosen to be Wicca or Pagan then it can only be assumed that you are or have been preparing yourself to leave the old religion behind and begin to learn and grow in the new one. As for destroying the old symbols and things that you have from your old religious belief system, no, I definitely don’t suggest doing that. You might wish to give them to someone who can appreciate their symbolism. That would be my suggestion or sell them if you wish, it’s up to you.
Let me share with you my personal experience from when I changed from being a practicing Christian to beginning my path as a Wicca. First off it wasn’t a sudden change. I spent 3 yrs. in nightly meditation asking the universe to show me the path I should be on. I already knew that the Christian path that I had been following was no longer meeting my spiritual needs and thus was searching for a new path. I knew there had to be another path out there for me, I just didn’t know what it was at that time. I had never heard of Wicca before but the moment I stood there listening to someone sharing her knowledge of her path with me, which was Wicca, I knew I had to learn more about it. And I did. It has been almost 30 yrs. Since that day and I knew long before now that I had made the right choice for me. I am very happy with my personal path in Wicca. I know that I didn’t give up on something, I merely moved on to something that fulfilled me in a way that Christianity didn’t.
**Not long after I had been studying for some time, I chose to do a simple rite. Simply put I stated to the universe that I was no longer a Christian and that I no longer followed its teachings and would be taking a new path. No one had ever suggested to me that I needed or should do this rite. It was something that I suddenly thought up of myself and did. It settled something within myself and set my feet and mind on my new path more firmly. This is in no way a denial that Christianity is a real religion. This wasn’t really my dedication rite as I still wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to be practicing my path. It was simply my denunciation of what I had believed and practiced before. I felt that because so much was put into my commitment to becoming a dedicated Christian before, that I needed to make a big deal of breaking away from it. **
By the way, I still happen to own more than one copy of the Bible. Basically, different translations, as well as a copy of a Mormon Bible and its accompanied Bible as my sister is Mormon and I thought it prudent to understand what she believes. I also believe that one can’t say that one doesn’t believe something if one doesn’t understand what one is disagreeing with. I hope to eventually own copies of books of other religions.
What you choose to do is up to you though there are a few expectations when starting a Wicca or Pagan path. Mostly, you are expected to study hard so that you can discover for yourself what you yourself can believe and will practice. There are no reasons for you to destroy or get rid of anything that might have a meaning to you that is from your past religious practices. I hope this helps you if you choose to change your path.