Dates are the fruit of the date palm and have been cultivated in the Middle East and Egypt since as early as 6000 BCE. Dates correspond with the energy of Earth and are useful to enhance fertility and sexual energy. Dried dates are also associated with death and resurrection.

Dates are used to treat intestinal complaints, especially constipation. The syrup may be used to treat colds, sore throat and coughs.

In Muslim tradition, dates are used to break a fast. In Western countries dates are traditionally served in desserts for the Yule season.

Dates are delicious dried and are often stuffed with nuts and rolled in coconut for a tasty treat as satisfying as candy. They are also tasty chopped in cookies, fruit bars, and breads, used as a sweetener in syrup or powder form, and make delicious wine. Dates and date wine are suitable offerings to many Gods.

Dates are rich in dietary fiber, calcium, copper, manganese, Vitamin B6, iron, and potassium.

Element(s): Earth
Season: Winter
Sabbat: Midwinter

Gender: Feminine

fertility, sex, death, resurrection

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