Lion Symbolism & Meaning
Do you need the courage to pounce on an opportunity or defeat a foe?
Are you having trouble speaking your truth?
Is it time for you to walk in integrity and honor?
Lion energy can help!
Lion Table of Contents
- Lion Symbolism & Meaning
- Spirit Animal
- Totem Animal
- Power Animal
- Native American Symbolism
- Lion Dreams
- Astrology & Zodiac
- Back to all Mammals
- Back to all Spirit Animal Meanings
Lion Symbolism & Meaning
Throughout the ancient world, the vibrant yellow mane of the Lion made it a natural solar symbol.
As such this King of the Beasts comes roaring into our spiritual journey with raw power, courage, and aggressiveness.
But cats are nocturnal. In this, Lion energy also cloaks our spirit in the lunar power of night – when much of the world is sleeping and the Big Cats are everywhere yet unseen, communicating yet unheard and hunting yet immobile.
Depictions of Lions are literally a millennium old throughout the world. Some revered the Lioness as the provider for her pride, and the meaning of providence and hunting skill remains intact.
In Egypt the sphinx has the body of a Lion, which was a sacred symbol of the Goddess who safeguarded the pharaohs in the afterlife.
Historians tell us that the playful goddess of dance and protection appeared in early illustrations as having a Lioness’ head instead of a domesticated cat. Other beings in the Egyptian pantheon had Lion likenesses including the fierce friend to women and children, Sekhmet and Bast’s son, Maahes a war god.
Middle Eastern stories and art show the Lion as representing great kings. The gods and goddesses in this region also had Lion companions. Examples include Ishtar with a Lion-drawn chariot and Inanna who stands on the backs of two female Lions. This alludes to the Lion as an emblem of great strength and authority. The connection strengthens further when we see the entrance to great cities and temples with Lion gates and flanking statues as protectors.
Chinese Buddhist portray the Lion as a creature of great majesty. It’s believed that Lions safeguard humans from ghosts and demons. As a result the architecture throughout China includes Lions at entryways, standing vigilant guard. The Tibetans mirror this protective nature using the Snow Lion. The key differences is that Snow Lions represent the Earth element instead of fire, but continue having stalwart fearlessness.
It would seem that Lion Spirit has a soft, pussy-cat side too. In the story of Androcles and the Lion we find that kindness to this noble cat is not soon forgotten. After helping the Lion rid itself of a thorn and infection, the Lion returns the favor by refusing to devour the young slave at the Circus Maximus, and openly showing his affection toward Androcles to the Emperor. Because of this ancient story, Lion symbolism includes devotion and kindness toward those who show him mercy and compassion.
Lion Spirit Animal
When Lion as a Spirit Animal roars its presence in your life, this majestic cat comes with uncommon strength and vitality.
Lion often appears to a person who needs to reclaim their space and take back a leadership role in life. Alternatively the Lion Spirit Animal finds itself attracted to people who are brave and outspoken with leadership potential.
If you meet up with a Lioness the focus is a little different. She will teach you how to care for your pride and get your family working more cooperatively. The Lioness teaches her young all they need to know to fend for themselves without ever leaving them vulnerable. Lioness spirit likes people who nurture and protect the weak.
With a Lion Animal Spirit at your side you’re bound to attract the spotlight with pure magnetism. Spiritual leaders who have a Lion guide aggressively protect their faith against false images. They will also defend to the death the concept of religious freedom and finding God in your own way.
When Lion accompanies you in life you will learn much about banishing fear and self-expression. Remain humble with Lion, knowing that demeanor matters. This feline can teach you much about handling your personal power effectively.
Lion Totem Animal
If Lion is your Totem Animal, you face challenges head on, without fear. You are cunning and have the strength to outlast the competition, no matter what.
Though a bit of a wild child, if you’ve got the heart of a Lion you have the uncanny ability to stay completely motionless and silent for long periods of time. These are excellent natural abilities to have when you want to meditate or journey!
Lion people make for some of the best leaders. They are very adept at dealing with less-than-cooperative groups and have the courage to make whatever changes are necessary so the Pride is protected.
Lion Power Animal
Be prepared when you invoke Lion as a Power Animal. This mighty animal ally will charge into your life with all the power of the noon-day sun.
There is no hesitancy here – rather simple knowingness. Lion people know their place in the proverbial food chain and in the world – at the apex. Lions are a proud lot with commanding communication skills and a natural knack for leadership.
Walking with the Lion as a Power Animal means being ready for trouble, but not seeking it out.
Channeling Lion energy encourages you to do what is noble and right with conviction. Don’t be afraid to use the Lion’s energy waiting in the grasses of your Aura. Letting even just a little out puts predators on notice, particularly when it comes to your intimate pride. Disrespect is not in Lion’s vocabulary, let alone the word “quit”.
The sacred triad of character traits: honor, respect and gratitude sum up the Lion’s metaphysical associations nicely. Honor means appreciation, respect is earned and gratitude goes hand in hand with walking in this world as a spirit-being.
Native American Lion Symbolic Meanings
Mountain Lions appear in the stories of various tribes as the symbol of a wise leader who knows his intention and leads with confidence. Lions are cunning, noble and courageous.
In certain regions Lion Spirit causes fear because of the dangerous power they wield and the fact that the Lion walks in silent moccasins.
The Hopi revere Lion as a sacred guardian for the tribe to whom they look for on-going advice during ritual. They depict him as a great hunter who is strong and fearless in the face of any challenge. This symbolism for Lion translates into Navajo tribes where they likewise consider the Lion Spirit a guardian and protector.
Seeing a sitting Lion in a dream may portend an upcoming change in your role to that of a leader or teacher. When that happens the Lion reminds you to follow its lesson of leading with dignity.
Lion in Astrology & Zodiac Signs
The Zodiac Sign of Leo is symbolically represented by The Lion.
Leo’s dates are July 21 – August 21.
Everything about the Leo personality is notoriously B.I.G.
When using their powers for good, Leos are almost saint like but The Lion’s negative personality traits are every bit as big as everything else about them.
However, like all good leaders, those born under the Leo Sign are the truest of humanitarians who view all people as theirs to protect and serve.