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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 and knowledge.[1]

Cinderpelt's medicine cat ceremony in Yellowfang's Secret

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. (Apprentice), 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. (Apprentice), 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 their muzzle on the apprentice's head, and they lick the mentor's shoulder.[6] The other medicine cats greet them by their new name.[7]

See also

Notes and references

  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