Thus, her priests and priestess' Specific Castings are focused around growing things and harvests.
Few of her priests would not assist a farmer in anything that needed doing, and even fewer would be able to resist assisting in either the sowing or the harvest. If any of the priesthoods has a humble dignity, this is it, for it is rather common to see them up to their elbows in soil, with dirt smudging their faces.
Rites to Ceres often include some small offerings, such as part of the harvest or a few seeds, and her name is on the lips of nearly all farmers who know of her.
E/F/M: This Casting allows the priest to glance quickly at a field and determine whether it would be more beneficial to have it lie fallow for the year, or plant a given crop on it, and if a crop, which one.
Area: One seed
Other Heka Costs:
E/F/M: By means of this Casting, the priest or priestess convinces a seed to begin growing. Typically, the seed will experience one week's growth per 10 STEEP possessed by the caster. If not planted within a reasonable time, the seedling will, of course, die. Nutrients needed by the seed are provided by the Casting, at least for the initial quick growth.
E/F/M: This Casting causes a small change to the perception and speed of anyone doing weeding, and it will allow the subject of the Casting to weed twice the area that could normally be done in half the time.
Time: 1 day per 10 STEEP
Area: One small field
Other Heka Costs:
E/F/M: By means of this ritual, the priest is able to shield a field from the effects of a frost for a brief time. If the use of this ritual is such that it is allowing the farmer(s) to ignore the normal season of planting, the ritual may very well not work. It was designed to ease an emergency, not become a crutch whereby the sowers could well become lax in their duties.
E/F/M: This Casting allows the priest to enrich a patch of earth, causing the earth to have twice the nutrients that would normally be found there. This will result in lush and abundant growth upon the earth, as well as above average yield.
E/F/M: This Casting causes the subject to harvest at twice the normal rate. Additional harvesters can be added at an expenditure of 75 Heka per additional subject. A family under the effects of this Casting could outperform most small towns!
Special Materia Cost: an appropriate offering to Ceres worth no less than 5,000 BUCs
E/F/M: This lengthy Ritual, which requires two full hours to perform, allows the priest to bring Ceres' blessing upon the entire field (provided that it is a single crop), at the time of sowing. Once performed, the field will act as if the optimum conditions had been met for the crop, and the harvest will probably be a bumper crop. Even if certain mishaps occur during the season, the field will still survive, and anything left standing by such a mishap will recover. Typically, the ritual is performed by the church for those who have been particularly faithful.