Fruit, and particularly the date, is often associated with fertility and fertility rites. In Roman times dates, because of their luscious taste and spiritual connections, were often used as an aphrodisiac during pre-nuptial activities. They are also considered to enhance the psychic senses. Our deepest emotional needs need to be cared for and looked after in a way that is different from normal. Because dates are rather an exotic fruit, when we dream of them we are becoming conscious of the need for the rare or exotic in our lives. Equally, we may need sweetness and nurturing.