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"A prophecy, and a promise too. A time of great change is coming for all the Clans. Embrace what you find in the shadows, for only they can clear the sky."
Firestar to Jayfeather and the other medicine cats in The Apprentice's Quest, page 6

Prophecies and omens are dreams and signs given by StarClan to leaders, medicine cats, and sometimes to other Clan members as well, to foretell the future and warn them about incoming events.[1] This page lists prophecies and omens from A Vision of Shadows arc.


The Apprentice's Quest

Clear The Sky

Prophecy: "Embrace what you find in the shadows, for only they can clear the sky."[2]
Sign: Message from Firestar[2]
Interpreter: All the medicine cats[2]
Meaning: The Clans must find SkyClan, the fifth lost Clan (what you find in the shadows), and bring them back to the lake territories in order to stop Darktail and allow them to reclaim their rightful place among the Clans around the lake (clear the sky), restoring the original five Clans (embrace).[3] Alderheart initially thinks that it refers to Violetkit and Twigkit, because they were found among the shadows of a tunnel where Sandstorm's spirit leads them,[4] though it was revealed later that Twigpaw is the one fated to bring SkyClan to the lake.[5][6]
Reference: The Apprentice's Quest

Thunder and Shadow

The Fire Has Burned Out

Prophecy: "What remains when the fire has burned out?"[7]
Sign: Message from Unnamed gray StarClan tom[7]
Interpreter: Echosong[7]
Meaning: Same as the "The Fire Has Burned Out" prophecy in Hawkwing's Journey[source?]
Reference: Thunder and Shadow

Shattered Sky

Remember The Names

Prophecy: "The Clans must remember their names"[8]
Sign: Message from Firestar[8]
Interpreter: All the medicine cats[8]
Meaning: All five Clans must use their signature skills, related to their Clan names, in a combined strategy to defeat Darktail and his rogues once and for all and recover ShadowClan territory: climb and hunt in trees (SkyClan), brute strength and attack power (ThunderClan), speed (WindClan), hiding in shadows and sneaking through undergrowth (ShadowClan) and swimming (RiverClan).[9]
Reference: Shattered Sky

Darkest Night

The Dark Sky

Prophecy: "The dark sky must not herald a storm."[10]
Sign: Message from Echosong[10]
Interpreter: Alderheart, Fidgetflake, Frecklewish, Jayfeather, Kestrelflight, Leafpool, and Puddleshine[10]
Meaning: Rowanstar's plans to dissolve ShadowClan and make the remaining cats join SkyClan, giving up their territory, must be stopped and ShadowClan needs to be restored, because there has to always be five Clans.[11] Also, most of the ShadowClan cats found themselves unable to accept the situation or assimilate into SkyClan[12] and their opinions clashed constantly with those of Leafstar and the rest of SkyClan cats,[13] causing friction between both groups and giving the impression that they were de facto two Clans sharing one camp, instead of only one Clan.[14] After Tigerheart was resurrected and made the new leader of ShadowClan by StarClan, the newly restored Clan returned to their old camp and territories, leaving SkyClan and avoiding more inner conflicts with them,[15] thus ending the "dark sky" and restoring the number of Clans to five once more.
Reference: Darkest Night

The Storm and The Extra Claw

Prophecy: "To fend off a storm, you will need an extra claw."[16]
Sign: Dream of a sky covered by storm clouds, which suddenly disappeared after the silhouette of a cat with six toes on a hind paw crossed running through the scene. [16]
Interpreter: Willowshine[16]
Meaning: The Clans needed the help of Tree, a loner who had six toes on one of his hind paws and the power to summon the spirits of deceased cats[17] in order to stop the "coming storm", the imminent dissolution of ShadowClan and his merge with SkyClan, that threatens to disturb the lake's balance, because the Clans must be five to continue existing.[17]
Reference: Darkest Night

River of Fire

Approaching Shadows

Prophecy: "The shadows are approaching and must not be dispelled"[18]
Sign: Message from Needletail, Dawnpelt, Beenose and Lioneye.[19]
Interpreter: Alderheart, Jayfeather, Leafpool, Puddleshine, Frecklewish, Fidgetpaw and Kestrelflight.[20]
Meaning: The missing ShadowClan cats (Tigerheart, Sleekwhisker, Yarrowleaf, Slatefur, Rippletail, Cloverfoot, Sparrowtail and Berryheart), are returning to the Clans (or their whereabouts are going to be found), and mustn't be rejected, but allowed to come back, because they are necessary in order to restore ShadowClan.
Reference: River of Fire

The Clans and The Forest

Prophecy: "The sky has cleared at last, but the Clans must come together to make the forest grow"[21]
Sign: Message from Cinderpelt[21]
Interpreter: Alderheart[21]
Meaning: The other Clans must accept SkyClan and split territory equally to make room for them and avoid disputes in the future. This allows the five Clans to become a democracy and finally live in unity around the lake, marking the beginning of a peaceful era.[22]
Reference: River of Fire


River of Fire

The Burning Camp

Omen: A vision of lightning striking an unknown camp and causing a fire that consumes it. Yellowfang's face suddenly appears among the flames and shouts to Twigpaw: "You don't belong here!"
Interpreter: Twigpaw[23]
Meaning: Lightning will strike the RiverClan camp, causing a dangerous fire that will burn down the camp and force RiverClan to flee into the other Clans' territories seeking help and refuge, thus ending their isolation and reuniting them with the other Clans;[24][25] Twigpaw initially fears that it could be the ThunderClan camp, because she couldn't identify the burning camp as a result of the fire damage.[26] Yellowfang was merely trying to scare Twigpaw in order to wake her up, because she sneaked into the Moonpool and intruded into StarClan territory without permission,[27] although the apprentice misinterpreted the warning at first and believed that Yellowfang was telling her that she didn't belong in ThunderClan.[23]
Reference: River of Fire

Shadowkit's family

Omen: A vision of Shadowkit living in the ShadowClan nursery along his littermates and Dovewing, and playing mossball with their father, Tigerheart.[28]
Interpreter: Violetshine, Dovewing and Berryheart[28]
Meaning: Shadowkit's family’s future after Tigerheart is resurrected as ShadowClan’s new leader and all of them came to live with him at the ShadowClan camp.[29]
Reference: River of Fire

The Raging Storm

The Fire and the Meadow

Omen: A fire consumes a sickly forest, but when the smoke clears, a green, blossoming meadow appears in its place.[30]
Interpreter: Alderheart[30]
Meaning: Alderheart must feed deathberry flesh to Puddleshine in order to cure him from the life-threatening infection caused by the silverthorn poison that affects him.[30]

The Five Saplings

Omen: A vision of five saplings, and when one was uprooted, they were all blown away.[31]
Interpreter: All the medicine cats[31]
Meaning: If a Clan falls, the other four will fall as well.[31] Specifically, it refers to SkyClan, which was at risk at the time of being kicked out of their territory by ShadowClan.[31] Ultimately, all the Clans decide to shift their borders in order to make space to SkyClan, allowing them to finally live together in peaceful unity at the lake.[22]
Reference: The Raging Storm

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 124
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 52
  3. Revealed in Shattered Sky, page 235
  4. Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 284
  5. Revealed in Hawkwing's Journey, page 425
  6. Revealed in Shattered Sky, pages 197-204
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Revealed in Thunder and Shadow, page prologue
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Revealed in Shattered Sky, chapter 20
  9. Revealed in Shattered Sky, chapter 21
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 5
  11. Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 20
  12. Revealed in River of Fire, pages 34-35
  13. Revealed in River of Fire, pages 92, 119-120
  14. Revealed in River of Fire, page 181
  15. Revealed in River of Fire, page 259
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 11
  17. 17.0 17.1 Revealed in Darkest Night, chapter 23
  18. Revealed in River of Fire, page 100
  19. Revealed in River of Fire, pages 99-101
  20. Revealed in River of Fire, pages 100-102
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Revealed in River of Fire, page 281
  22. 22.0 22.1 Revealed in The Raging Storm, chapter 25
  23. 23.0 23.1 Revealed in River of Fire, page 108
  24. Revealed in River of Fire, page 166
  25. Revealed in River of Fire, page bonus scene
  26. Revealed in River of Fire, page 107
  27. Revealed in River of Fire, page 104
  28. 28.0 28.1 Revealed in River of Fire, page 255
  29. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Revealed in The Raging Storm, chapter 4
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 Revealed in The Raging Storm, chapter 13
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