Lion Meaning and Symbolism
Nov 17
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Lion Meaning and Symbolism

Overview of the Lion Spirit Animal


Lion symbolism represents royalty and nobility.  Therefore, always keep your head high and your dignity intact. You are much stronger than you think for the lion gives you great power and emotional strength. You have a well of courage inside of you.  Lion people tend to be charismatic, prideful, protective, and peaceful unless challenged. They are very tactical, well aware of their own strengths and weaknesses, able to judge a situation and act to their best advantage through wit and skill. A lion totem can teach us to be a better leader and the importance of balancing work with family time and relaxation.


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Encounters with the Lion

What is the meaning of lion symbolism? Find out what symbol the lion spirit animal is trying to teach you, and gain some insight into your life.

Have you lost your voice?

Whether in a work setting, in a relationship, or in life in general feeling like you have no voice is debilitating.  The lion totem will appear to you during this time to tell you to find your voice!  Your dreams, ideas and feelings are important – don’t be afraid to speak or ROAR!  You can call on the lion totem to give you strength and boldness to speak out.  When a lion appears to you don’t remain silent.  Speak and others will listen but you have to stand your ground.  The lion totem will help you find your voice again.

Do you feel weak?

Lion symbolism is connected to the Sun and it’s energies.  When you’re feeling physically, spiritually or mentally weak seek the Sun.  Spend time outdoors and allow the Sun to fill you with it’s healing and strengthening power.  Meditate as you bask in the Sun – feel it’s power warm you and energize you from the core of your being.  It’s important for you to spend time outdoors to recharge your energies.

Do you feel aimless?

When you feel like you’re aimlessly drifting through your daily routine the lion will appear to you with a simple message.  In the wild lions are very purposeful.  When they hunt they’re focused and driven.  What the lion is trying to tell you is to revisit your goals and hobbies.  Set goals for yourself and revive your passion for your hobbies.  Without the hunt lions can become lethargic – likewise you need to have something to hunt in your daily life!

Are you being faced with a challenge?

Lion symbolism tells you to stand your ground when faced with a challenge!  In the wild lions are fearless and will stand their ground to protect their pride or defend themselves no matter the odds.  When you’re faced with a challenge in life the lion spirit animal will give you the strength and boldness to stand your ground.  Fight for what you believe in and don’t let circumstances intimidate you.

Are others coming against you?

As a lion spirit animal person you may find yourself coming under attack.  Whether at work or in your personal life you may feel surrounded.  During this time you need to evaluate where you stand are you surrounded by your pride(family, friends, allies) or are you alone?  Are you being attacked because others are threatened by you?  Or have you overstepped your boundaries and wandered somewhere that you shouldn’t be?  You need to be true to yourself but don’t tear others down along the way – try to live at peace with others but don’t compromise your character.

Lion Symbolism: The Lion Spirit

Could the Lion be my spirit animal? What are the traits of the totem? This might be your spirit animal if you are:


As a lion totem person you probably have experienced scenarios that bring out your protective nature.  In the wild lions will fearlessly protect their pride with ferocity and passion.  As your spirit animal you won’t shy away when you see a dis-justice.  Instead you make your way onto the scene and take your stand.  A power for good you will selflessly protect others that can’t stand up for themselves or struggle to use their voice.

Family Centered

In the wild lions live in family groups called prides.  The pride provides security, protection for the young and cooperative teamwork when it comes to hunting.  To a lion totem person their family is their world.  You understand the importance of keeping your family close and standing together.  Despite differences of opinion, world views, or beliefs you will do anything to protect your family.  A sure sign the lion is your spirit animal is your family centered focus.

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Empathy is the ability to understand someone else’s feelings, emotions or understand their situation.  As a lion totem person you will naturally have the ability to feel empathy toward those around you.  This makes you an incredible friend and life partner.  Your empathy helps you navigate how to treat others and and interact with the world around you.

Natural Leader

People with this spirit animal are known for their strong leadership skills.  Because your leadership comes from your heart and your emotions you are a respected leader.  While these skills are natural they may take some practice to perfect.  When opportunities arise to step into a leadership position don’t be afraid to take it!  You can call on the lion totem to give you strength and help direct your decisions.

What are the Traits of the Lion Totem?

Lessons from the Lion Spirit Animal

Lions are:

  • Gentle
  • Tactful
  • Wise
  • Powerful
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The lion symbolism presents a lesson in dealing with groups and your role within those groups. It is a totem for avoiding confrontations and for stealth. Take the easy way to meet your goals; do not confront them head on. A Lion totem leads you to trust in your feminine energies – creativity, intuition and imagination. Always follow your heart rather than trying to rationalize the problem.

The lesson of the lion guides us to overcome the obstacles that cross our path without the use of violence. The lion is a powerful totem that teaches us to speak out, with our entire being.

What does the lion spirit mean? Strength and Courage! Lion totem people have strength of heart and character – they are also very courageous!

Strengths & Weaknesses of the Lion




A lion’s mane is not just a fashion statement.  The thick ring of hair that encircles their neck provides protection from foes and challenges within the pride.  In fact you can tell how old a lion is by the thickness and darkness of their mane.  As a lion spirit person you don’t have a physical mane but an unseen one.  This is your reputation!  When you walk in a room others can sense the power and authority you carry just by your reputation.  It’s important for you to keep your reputation in mind.


Lions understand that in order to catch prey and feed their pride they must be able to successfully and cooperatively hunt.  When we watch lions hunt in the wild they carefully and patiently work together.  They must be patient and wait until just the right moment to attack their prey.  When a young lion or an inexperienced hunter rushes their prey and isn’t patient the pride can miss out on a meal.  As a totem animal the lion knows this and teaches us to move through life with care and patience.


In the wild lions understand a wound from a foe could result in their demise.  Because of this they are calculating and realistic they won’t take unnecessary risks but will thoughtfully address challenges or struggles.  A sign of a lion spirit person is their tactfulness.  They are aware of their strengths and weaknesses and know how to read situations.  Because they know their strengths and limitations they are excellent leaders and partners.

Strength of Heart

When it comes to lion meaning it’s important to know it’s strength comes from the heart.  This internal fire is fueled by the sun and it’s warmth fills a lion’s heart with passion and power.  The lion totem has a deep reserve of emotional strength.  Lion meaning is about embracing your emotions and letting your strength of heart shine.  Let your strength encourage others to follow their passions and dreams.



When it comes to the lion spirit animal it’s important not to become impulsive.  Lions rely on their tact and wisdom to navigate through life.  When the become complacent and lazy they can become impulsive and rush into situations without thinking it through.  This can lead to facing unfavorable consequences and reaping negative energy.


Another downfall of this totem is it’s draw to petty things.  When you are unbalanced and your spirit is unaligned you will find yourself in petty arguments.  Bickering and fighting with people who in reality aren’t worth your time.  It’s important for you to know your enemy.  Establish whether or not you are allowing petty things to get the best of you like gossip or futile arguments.  Don’t waste your energy on things that are beneath you.  Hold your head up high and don’t stoop to lower levels.

Over Opinionated

While this vocal totem usually raises its voice to help others and stand up for themselves this voice can get them in trouble.  When you begin voicing your opinions where they aren’t welcome or invited you can push others away.  No one likes a know it all who always has to share their opinion.  Take care if others start to distance themselves from you closely examine yourself to see if you’ve been monopolizing conversations and giving your opinion where it wasn’t wanted.


As a leader and a friend one trap a lion spirit person can fall into is disdain.  Because they are naturally emphatic and insightful they can become frustrated when dealing with others who are clueless to people and situations around them.  When unbalanced and unaligned their hearts can become bitter and disdainful.  They will become sarcastic and hold back when they know they can help others.  Keep your heart soft – allow yourself time in the Sun to meditate and realign your spirit to keep disdain away.

What is: Lion Symbolism
What is: Lion Symbolism

The Lion in Dreams: What it Means

To encounter a lion in your dreams is to meet the archetypal presence of strength in friendship. Here is the means to tame the wild beast with leadership, courage and truth. The key is to honor our nobility and see that false pride is no match for love and acceptance.

Lion symbolism is a sign of family and protection. It’s important to consider this when interpreting dreams.
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Cultural and Spiritual Symbolism of the Lion

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China- lion statues are common guardians of temples, villages and even private homes.  Lion symbolism is a sign of protection of the fame and reputation of an individual or family.

Astrological Zodiac – the lion symbolizes the astrological sign of Leo, which rules the heart. Courage comes from the heart and from one’s deep sense of personal authority, which creates the power to act in a way that accords with one’s spirit.

Egypt- The body of the lion has been used in mythological creatures, most notably composing the body of the sphinx.  Lion symbolism means deathless courage and fearlessness.

Christianity – Jesus Christ is called the “Lion of Judah”.

In heraldry, the lion symbolizes, bravery, strength and royalty.

Historical Facts

Until approximately 10,000 years ago, the lion was the most widespread land mammal after humans. The male lion is easily recognizable by his mane, which makes the lion appear larger and is used for intimidation. Images of lions have been found in the oldest cave dwellings on earth.

Lions need our help!  Learn more about Lion conservation and where their population stands from the African Wildlife Foundation.

Animal Quotes

A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.
Vernon Howard
Until the Story of the hunt is told by the Lion, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.
African Proverb

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