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Lion Lioness

Appears in many dreams, and usually signifies anger, desire to hurt, aggressiveness; or fear of these feelings in others or ourselves. We may feel fear of our own anger due to it threatening injury to others in a way that would reflect upon self, and devour our other feelings and desires. The lion can often express feelings of love that cannot express normally, and become aggressive instead. If we see someone we love showing interest in another, or if we feel ousted by brother or sister for parents’ love, our feelings may seem to us like a terrible lion. Daniel in the lions’ den is a beautiful symbol representing how these feelings may be calmed and changed if our life is given to the influence of the spirit.

The power of our physical strength, of our temper, of our emotions or sexuality; love that has become anger through jealousy or pain; leadership; ones father or fatherhood, or mother if it is a lioness; an image of the father/mother God; leadership; watchfulness or guardianship; self assertion or boasting because of the power of the lions roar. The story of Androcles and the lion shows how the pain felt by our ‘animal’ life process, if tended by the conscious personality, brings a loving relationship between conscious and unconscious.

Many children experience recurring dreams of a lion chasing them through their house. This is most likely due to a developing struggle with their natural feelings of anger and aggression. This because their parents might attempt to quieten or control the child’s temper, or criticise it as ‘bad’. Idioms: Brave the lion’s den; lion’s share; head in the lion’s mouth.

Being frightened of an attack or possible attack from a lion suggests an ‘attack’ of anxiety or fear about something. Consider the rest of the dream to define what.

Idioms: Brave the lion’s den; lion’s share; head in the lion’s mouth.

As an astrological sign, the lion is the sign of Leo, a ‘Fixed’ ‘Fire’ sign. In the dream of a person born with the sun in Leo, the lion may represent their basic character. It is said to be the heart of the Zodiac. In it all the activities of Aries have been concentrated and given purpose, permanence, passion and a certain nobility. It is the Royal Sign denoting Love, the Ruler of Life. Subjects of this sign are said to be proudly ‘faithful’ and scorn what is weak, small-minded, or mean. It is the sign of the Sun – the physical and also the Divine Sun. In terms of human evolution the sign of Leo represents rulership of the animal kingdom, to become a dominant creature, expressing the best of the instinctive and natural within human nature. Thus in The Witch and The Wardrobe, the greatest strength and unifying influence is the lion. But there is a step beyond this into independent awareness where one recognises oneself not only as the powerful and creative universal animal life, but as an individual human being as well.

Useful questions are:

Are there signs that this is about anxiety or anger – if so can I define what they connect with?

If the lion suggests strength and protectiveness, am I relating well to it?

What do I feel if I imagine myself as the lion? (For help doing this see Stand in Role under peer dream work.)

What are the key words I use in describing this dream? See: key words.



-azzir 2013-11-23 16:16:03

Hey Tony,

My dream was a bit weird, im not sure if i was this girl ib my dream but, the girl can actually turn into a lion, and the girl kept looking for this guy, she even had this photo of the man, and then there were a volcanic lava that was all over the house and it was getting higher, so inside the house there was a tree, and the girl climb onn that tree with i believe her friend, then on that tree the guy she was looking for was there. Then it all disappeared next thing i remember the scene was already in the beach, the guy and this girl were walking and the guy said, i can turn into a lion, then the girl yelled and told him, why didn’ t you tell me?! Then i woke up, wondering what was that all about?.. If you could interpret it would be really helpful, this was bothering me the whole day.


-Beverley 2014-01-09 23:11:32

Hi Tony
I had a beautiful dream about a lioness last night. She approached me and I felt a strong connection to her. I was a little wary but reached out to stroke her. She responded with nuzzling me and I scratched her belly. I could see how happy she was and I felt proud and strong. She whispered in a child’s voice ‘mammy, daddy’. I knew both words were for me. Then I felt what seemed like a man’s erection pressing against my leg. That was the end.
I would really appreciate your opinion on this as you gave me incredible insight once before.


    -Tony Crisp 2014-01-12 14:22:57

    Beverley – Excuse this long introduction, but I think it is warranted in light of your dream.

    The animal in your dream can portray your relationship with the fundamental life processes in you. Dreams depict these processes as intelligent and responsive, not just as chemical actions and reactions as modern medicine so often does. Therefore your conscious attitudes influence these fundamental living processes in you – processes that maintain health, digest, beat your heart, rebuild damage and fight infection. Negative feelings or attitudes can cause these ‘animals’ in you to despair or lose motivation, and thus lead to depression or illness. Remember that in looking at the animal in your dreams you are yourself an animal. You as a person are a tiny spark of consciousness, a little bit of self awareness riding an incredibly ancient animal you call your body. Remember that your body has formed from cells and genetic information that has gradually developed over millions of years. It holds that information in it unconsciously. The animal in your dreams depicts this ancient wisdom and how you relate to it. It shows you how you are dealing with the urges in you that are natural, but might need to be helped into modern life or transformed in some way, not killed out, maimed or tortured.

    The lioness is your female connection with the beautiful animal that you are and its ancient wisdom. That you felt a strong connection with the lion and despite your wariness reached out for her says a great deal about you. It spoke to you and in doing so reminded you that it is a child when in the modern world, and needs you to bring it up as a father and mother; your wildness needs to be “helped into modern life or transformed in some way, not killed out, maimed or tortured.”

    I has a similar dream – Now I was in a room, or storeroom, full of chimpanzees. I had to leave them. Some of them opened the door. It was not locked, and I didn’t lock it, but I went back in and asked them not to open the door, as there was a busy road nearby, and they might get run over. As I spoke, one was standing near me who was now almost as tall as myself. The features had become almost human, female. She seemed very sad, perhaps because she was only half human. I felt deep links of sympathy.

    I can only guess at the end of your dream because you didn’t comment on what you felt, or reaction you had to the erection. So I feel it is a further entry into you wildness, your animal. As a lioness you would have an urge to mate in a wild natural way, and maybe that is part of bring up your lovely child/mature female lion that you have within you. Please see http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/entering-the-silence/ – it may have something to say about being parents to our animal.



      -ChrisR 2014-03-06 11:41:45

      Dear Tony, I just woke up from a nightmare that included a lion. I am living alone now because I’m studying but in the dream I was in my parents house. My parents had a casual night out and when they came back they had a very intence talk with our maid and they fired her. In the small talk I find out that they were accusing her of putting things in their food or drinks to make them sleepy. When I got out of the house I saw that she had turned into a lion and my father was chasing that lion with a gun. I wanted to scream but nothing would come out for a reason. I see the female lion to multiply to 2 and attack my father. Another one comes close to me and becomes 2 as well. One of them gets in the house and after I try so hard to make it stay out of the door it turns slowly into a baby lion and then I wake up. Can you please give me your thoughts on that? Many Thanks


        -Tony Crisp 2014-03-09 12:13:17

        ChrisR – For a start, every dream image is actually made up of your memories, fears and imaginations. So you are not dreaming about your father the maid or a real lion. Please see http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/questions-2/#Summing and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/characters-or-people-in-dreams

        It seems you are very anxious about living alone and the strength you got from your father being undermined. Also the lion is not trying to attack you but is an expression of your own female strength that has got undermined by your fear. As you can see from your dream your male strength – your father – is terrified your natural feelings that have been held back will hurt you. You fight like hell to control your feelings but they are – and should be – strong enough to break through. And when they do you see it is a baby lion that you need to cuddle, own and realize needs helping to mature into your own natural female strength. Please try using http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson



-Janel 2014-03-13 13:20:15

I had a dream last night about a Lioness charging me then stopped, looked at me for a minute then she turned and walked away.


    -Tony Crisp 2014-03-17 9:12:44

    Janel – Dreams often stand in place of actual experience. So through dreams we may experiment with new experience or practice things we have not yet done externally. For instance many young women dream in detail of giving birth. This function of what might be called ‘imagination’ is tremendously undervalued, but is a foundation upon which human survival is built.

    Your dream seems to be one to test and enlarge your ability to meet your own inner instinctive abilities – and not run away from them a s many do in dreams. See – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/#mammalbrain



-Darra 2014-03-21 7:51:38

I had a dream that my boss told me to go and pick up their pet lion. When I did I was just walking through the street with him and I wasn’t even scared even though everyone else was screaming and running. I was so comfortable with the lion I was even playing with his hair and cuddling him. And this lion didn’t want to hurt me at all. What does this mean?


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