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A medicine cat ceremony is a ceremony in which a medicine cat apprentice finally gets their well earned medicine cat name,[1] because their mentor approves of their work.[1]




Medicine Cat Ceremony

Apprenticeship for medicine cats usually lasts much longer than those for warriors.[2] The cat must learn about all available herbs and remedies, and the treatment of diseases and injuries.[3]

Once the Clan's medicine cat is satisfied with the apprentice's knowledge, they go to the Clans' sacred place (such as the Moonstone or Moonpool).[4] This is the only ceremony that is not performed by the Leader.[1] The following words are used, by tradition:

Medicine Cat: I, (name), medicine cat of ___Clan, call upon my warrior ancestors to look down on this apprentice. (He/she) has trained hard to understand the ways of a medicine cat, and with your help (he/she) will serve (his/her) Clan for many moons.
Medicine Cat: ___paw, do you promise to uphold the ways of a medicine cat, to stand apart from rivalry between Clan and Clan and to protect all cats equally, even at the cost of your life?
Apprentice: I do.
Medicine Cat: Then by the powers of StarClan I give you your true name as a medicine cat. ___paw, from this moment you will be known as (new name). StarClan honors your (virtues), and we welcome you as a full medicine cat of (Clan).[5]

The medicine cat rests his or her muzzle on the apprentice's head, and he or she licks the mentor's shoulder.[6] The other medicine cats greet him or her by their new name.[7]



See Also

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Starlight, page 285
  2. Revealed in Starlight, page 286
  3. Revealed in Starlight, page 284
  4. Revealed in Starlight, pages 283-286
  5. Revealed in Long Shadows, pages 252-253
  6. Revealed in Starlight, pages 285-286
  7. Revealed in Starlight, pages 286-287


Hierarchy and Groups in the Warriors World
Clan Hierarchy KitsApprenticesWarriorsDeputiesLeadersQueensEldersMedicine Cats
Ceremonies VigilApprenticeWarriorDeputyLeaderElderMedicine CatName Changing
Tribe Hierarchy To-BesCave-GuardsPrey Hunters‎Kit MothersHealer/Stoneteller
Miscellaneous General Clan InformationGeneral Tribe InformationCat Names
Other Groups LonersRoguesBloodClanCats of the ParkThe Early SettlersClear Sky's GroupTall Shadow's Group

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