Water symbolizes the process of tempering and quenching our swords of life. This is metaphorically accomplished by washing our lives of poor qualities.
Baptism by immersion symbolizes total cleansing. It also symbolizes the death of our past and our metaphorical resurrection as immortal heroes who can now fight truly epic battles. Recognizing that there are things we wish to be rid of in our lives is representative of the second stage of human consciousness.
Those who are 18 years of age or older may ask to be baptized, signifying not only renewed membership as a Mighty Hero of Areté, but a deeper commitment to The Assemblage of Areté and the principles of Aretéanism.