Lion Dream Interpretation and Meaning (Spirit Animal)

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Lion Dream – To see a lion in your dream can symbolize strength, courage, assertiveness, and power. Lions can represent predatory feelings deep inside of you such as aggression, that is directed at people around you. Spirit lions may also indicate that you might have a threatening situation that has entered your life.

To see a spirit lion in the jungle can indicate characteristics about you such as loyalty, dignity, respect, and domination over the people around you. Lions are symbols of influence on the people around you. They can indicate the need to be more loyal and honest in your relationships.

lion dreamLions are considered the king of the jungle and represent authority over others. A lion could represent your desire to hold power over others, or it could indicate someone has control over you. Depending on the scenario of the dream, the lion can represent some different things.

A spirit lion can indicate the need to always be in control of your circumstances. Lions can show the need for you to monitor your temper and aggressive impulses that you have in your life.

Additional Lion Dream Interpretations

The lion is the king of the jungle. He rules with power, courage, dignity, and authority. The family is important. He gives out justice with wisdom and, sometimes, ferocity. The lion symbolizes strength, honor, and pride when he visits your dreams. It can mean you stand by what you believe. You like to do things your way, which helps you personally and professionally.

Seeing the lion helps you to overcome negative emotions. The lion is a reminder that you are strong. You influence others, so it is important how others see you when in charge. You may need to be careful about how you act when others are around. Be aware of how what you say and do affect others. On the other hand, the lion can warn about your need to be in control. Be careful you do not become a control freak.

Seeing a lioness can mean you have success using tenacity. Never give up. Keep going until you achieve your goals. It can also symbolize your motherly instincts. You fiercely protect those you love and your interests.
A tame lion in your dreams can signify you have become too comfortable. You may need to change the way you do things. This can be about your personal life and maybe time to change old habits that no longer serve you. What do you do that is harmful? What can you live without? What would make your life better? You already know what habits you need to lose. This is a prompt to push you in the right direction.

A lion attacking can mean something or someone drives you to self-destruction. What does this mean? Who can this be? Who pushes you in ways that are not in harmony with your goals? You need to meet the challenges to deal with them and move on.

Dreaming of a lion hunting its prey brings messages of self-sufficiency. You are fiercely independent and like to spend time alone. You are currently in control of your destiny. When the lion is feeding in your dreams, it can indicate problems at work. The lion brings messages that all will be okay when you face others with truth and integrity.

Killing a lion can mean you are under pressure to make huge decisions. Take time out to look closer. If you feel too pressured, say no. Seeing a dead lion is positive. It can mean you successfully meet serious challenges that have you in trouble with the law.

When a black lion visits, be wary of negative energy around you. Someone is using their position to harm you and others. Who can this be? What can you do to reveal the truth? A visit from a white lion signifies your power. He shows how you can achieve anything you want when you draw on your wisdom, strength, and courage.

When a Lion crosses your Path

Lion crosses your path to strengthen your courage so you can walk your truth without fear. She shows you when you should get involved with dramas and when to leave them alone. A lion is a symbol of strength and courage, and it may be a sign that you need to muster up enough courage to do something that might be difficult in life.

Common Lion Scenarios

Being Chased by a Lion

lion dreamBeing chased by a lion is a common lion dream scenario. In this dream, a lion will be hunting you as you struggle to outmaneuver and outrun the lion. In most cases, it is impossible to escape the lion that is following you. You will try everything imaginable, but the lion will still be behind you.

In these dream scenarios, the lion can represent aspects of ourselves that we are trying to run away from. Maybe there is a part of you that wants to change your life, but you continue to choose the path of destruction that is affecting your relationships.

Being chased by a lion can also indicate feelings of aggression and anger that you have towards others in your life. If you have been locking up these emotions inside, they will often find their way out in your dream.

Being Attacked by a Lion

To dream that a Lion is attacking can indicate that you are headed down a path of self-destruction. There might be circumstances in your waking life that have completed overwhelmed you, making it difficult to make any progress.

If a lion bites you, it can indicate that there are people in your life that are affecting you in a very negative way. It might be time to close doors on toxic relationships that continue to “bite” you over and over. Once you say no, your wounds can start to heal after time.

Being terrified by a lion in your dream can indicate that you are aware of the problems in your life and need to address them. This is sometimes your subconscious telling you that you can no longer hide behind closed doors, you have to confront your issues.

Christian Interpretation

To most Christians, the lion represents a symbol of God. If you feel safe around the lion, it can indicate protection and a place of healing. If you have been hurt in your life, a protective lion can show the need to focus on healing those wounds. Lions are symbols of good and a representation of the power of God.

If you are running from a lion in your dream, it can indicate that you are running away from God. It might be time to analyze your life and decide if you are walking down the right path.

A lion’s roar can be telling you to beware of enemies that are conspiring against you. It could be perceived as a warning to stay on the right path in your life. In the bible, Peter compares Satan to a ‘roaring lion’ and warns of the enemy schemes that can destroy us.

Note: If you have had a dream related to this dream symbol or would like to add something related to this topic, please leave a comment below. Comments are a great way to interact with others who are dreaming about similar topics.

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Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for Dream Stop and has been working in the field of dreams for the past decade. He believes that the YOU are the only person who can truly understand the meaning of your dreams. You have to look inside your inner thoughts to find the hidden truths in your dream. These interpretations are for entertainment purposes only. Stephen's interpretations should be considered an opinion, not professional advice.

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  1. I had a dream that I was in a jungle and I heard lions roaring, but I couldn’t see them only their glowing eyes. I was not afraid in my dream

  2. Austin Smith on

    This vary vivid dream was in 2015 (my freshman year of high school) a month before a life changing experience that brought me closer to God some 4 years later (I’m vary stubborn haha) Before this I believed in God but not fully, I was filled with doubt. I had little connection to god or lions at the time, I didn’t even know that I’m a Leo. What I’m trying to say is that this dream came out of left field. But has been nagging at me so I feel compelled to share it and would like to hear your feed back. In this dream I was sitting at the top of a tall big mountain looking out at a whole mountain rang that was breathtaking. The range went out as far as I could see. But no snow like when you go skiing. The color was more golden tan. It was a site to take in. I remember feeling so comfortable and calm, I had never felt this way before, not to this extent. It was like that calm you get after pushing through a wall on a really hard run, or while meditating before and all your muscles are relaxed X1,000. Just content, present. I could feel And hear the cool wind on my skin and in my hair, but I didn’t get cold. Then I noticed a male lion laying just off in front of me to my left. He was large and had a beautiful main that would move naturally as the wind blew through it. I could hear him breath Softly and see this chest inflate with air. He was so calm just looking at me. I wasn’t scared by him being there at all. I almost just had this understanding that he wasn’t going to harm me or anything, he just wanted to lay there with me. The whole time I just sat where I was in the moment admiring this lion and the breathtaking mountains. There was no need or want to move, I was so comfortable in that place. (However there was no looking behind me, only forward And side to side from where I was positioned) oh and the lighting was beautiful! That was the best rest I think I’ve ever had. Just a month before my life flipped upside down in an instant, where I had no peace, no outlet. Looking back I’m so thankful for that moment of what felt like presence. It was a true blessing for me. This isn’t something I like to tell people in this much detail because I’m afraid of the response I’ll get. Thank you for reading.

  3. Arti Bhardwaj on

    I was at a roof top ..and a lion cub bite me in the hand …so..I threw him off the roof …then a few minutes later …like 10s of lions come towards me …I had locked myself inside roof top room…blocked doors with furniture …and packed myself inside 3 tanks to save myself…and could hear roaring of lions around the room…I was shit scared man..and still one of the lion is above the roof looking from the jaali…it was a weird dream ..what does it mean…can anyone tell?

  4. Suddenly there was a lion. I tried very hard to cage it so that it wouldn’t hurt me or others but I only found boxes to put in front of it. It was ridiculous because the lion could’ve jumped over it or pushed it out of the way. Yet, it didn’t. It didn’t even seem interested in attacking me (just yet) but I was so afraid that I kept looking for better ways to cage it. I couldn’t and decided to hide and protect myself. Make sure it couldn’t get me if it got out. I stepped on other people’s property and used other people’s materials to do so. I was ashamed of that. Maybe I’m running away from god because I’m afraid of what his judgment might be and in doing so hurt others around me?

  5. David R Stout on

    I dreamt that lions had seemingly overrun the earth and were hunting and attacking people. We were trying to escape them fighting back with everything that we had including grenades. A group of us managed to get inside a large office building but the lions were pursuing us and breaking down the doors that we locked and barricaded. I was trying to fend them off with a bow and arrows when I awoke.

    • What does it mean when 1 lion sits in front of a door and another lion forces you out of a window only for that lion fall off the ledge

    • In my dream a Lion came at night and saw me inside a house and started chasing me, I had to lock every one in the house, to protect them from the lion, and it looked like it was after me cause I kept running away from it, it wanted to attack me and I closed all doors and was still coming towards me and I couldn’t see it anymore but I could sense it was coming nearer and nearer. I wanted a way out of the house so I can go get help.

  6. In my dream it was my self and some others. I was looking at a lot of little animals and I was shown a lion , it appeared to be friendly but it tried to get me so it was killed , then I was shown another lion that wouldn’t let me leave and it to got killed. I don’t remember how they were killed but then I woke up.

  7. In my dream, I was flogging a huge lion. Though with caution….d lion became afraid of me. I need an interpretation plx

  8. freddie barnhill on

    I was I my room it was dark , I was being chased by the lion , but it wasn’t trying to hurt me , but every time I moved it moved , I know it was a lion by it’s movements and Silhouette

    • Victor Yatall on

      Biblically a lion represents God. God is seeking you (chasing you)! He wants you to know that he is always with you (every movement you make he is there). You do not need to fear him. Even in the darkness of life he is there.
      He wants to be invited into your life and invited to manage every aspect of it. This part is not dream interpretation but reality! By asking him into your life you give him permission to remove all the burden of responsibility for a particular outcome. It will free you! We try so hard as humans to manifest everything on our own…not always consulting our Father God. When we invite him to manage our lives we still participate of course but we allow drama and fear to be released! We stay in Faith that all will be well. We bring our minds purposely to a state of peace! We are set free from the outcome knowing that God will align us with the best result….even when we think we want a particular outcome; God knows what will be best for us.

    • Nevaeh Knight on

      I have a recurring dream of a lion chasing my child. She runs into the house and I shut the door before the lion gets to the door. I have had this dream a few times. The last time, last night, I had gotten her inside, away from the lion and it went away. I let her back out and it came back again. I’m scared every time but the lion is not attacking. Just seems to be curious. I’m confused about this dream.

  9. yesterday I had a dream about a lion roaring at me , I was scared , but all I did was sit next to it and close my eyes. it moved its head the other way and when I would move it would growl again then the animal tamers came to the rescue. later on in the dream I had a thief in my apartment as well . idk if this is a dream from the devil but I’m super scared by the way I’ve been reading my bible and honestly have been trying to get closer to God this month more than ever .

    • Victor Yatall on

      If A lion represents God biblically, I would say that you sitting next to the lion was your attempt at connecting with God. The roar may be God attempting to get your attention, and reciprocating communication with you. When you moved, while sitting next to the lion (God); the lion protested. I would say that the Lion/God was trying to bring your focus back to him. Truthfully God wants US ALL right next to him! The lion did not hurt you. You had fear but it was overcome when the tamers came….but the lion still never hurt you regardless of your own fear! A thief in your home is there to steal from you…to take away something that IS yours and that YOU WANT. A thief can be a demon or the devil….trying to steal, kill and destroy. The lion was by your side….God is by your side. The lion protested your moving away…God wants you near him always! The tamers came and your fear would have lessened…could represent others in faith to back you up or angelic protection.
      I would continue to seek God. Give him all your concerns and allow for him to move FOR YOU in your life. Stay in Faith that he is with you. With him you are protected from the thief! Be strong and stick with your devotion. Do not waiver. On your own you are open to things that include demonic interference; with choosing God you have his protection and security. It wont mean that bad things will never arise; but he will be with you, getting you passed them…..especially because you chose to sit next to him, closed your eyes and heard/listened to his roar.
      Be at peace. Know he is there. Know you are on the right track! Continue to choose him and strengthen yourself and your protection. He is always ready and waiting for us to choose him. Keep your focus on him and verbally give him each day to manifest in your best interest. Live in the current day and do not dwell/fear the future…or dwell on the passed. This day is the only day that matters and how you work it matters. Keeping peace in your mind on purpose is very necessary! Trusting God gives you permission to let go of all the control; and live in Faith that he’s got your back! It’s very freeing! But do actually verbally give him your cares, concerns to manage…then step back and allow for the situation to unfold like a blooming white rose. Know that any set back in your mind is for purpose…because his plan has not unfolded for your best interest yet. However when/if a demonic block arises like they do when you make it a point to move forward with God or a great idea for your life path; give it to God and press forward with the strength of the Holy Spirit. Even if it doesn’t fruit, God appreciates efforts! Efforts are rewarded in time.

  10. first came a black panther he saw me and chased me down this corn field which was all cut down but had tall parallel rows .. he chased me and I managed to get in The back seat and close my door seconds before it reached me I just was him walk away .. About 10 min later I go out and three massive lions were chasing prey viciously large teeth and just massive and fast they just didn’t care they were doing when I and a friend saw this we started running to the car after 10 seconds of running the lions noticed us and focused us .. we managed to get in the car in the back seat .a Lion put the paws on the windows and trying but couldn’t get to us . This is the point I saw how massing and how big there teeth were and how there body motivation was just Big .

  11. thomas ayuba on

    i dream that an evil man was chasing me but at the end the evil man caught me.suddenly i turn to a lion and pieces the evil man off.

    • As i walk through an dead end of an jungle an female lion she to me, honey come here. I tried to avoid it, but than i heard an horse stilling by the exiting. As the horse jump to me the lion say “ugh here we go” the horse jump to me and i turn away from the lion i heard an bite roar. Then i woke up…

  12. I dreamt about 2 lions being kept in the kitchen. I was feeding them large pieces of cheese and they loved it. The lions were not aggressive towards me at all, very calm and friendly. There was also a dog sharing the kitchen with them. They were not aggressive to the dog either.

  13. Harshita Chatterjee on

    I dreamt for the second time about being chased by a lion. In the first dream there were multiple lions, in the second one, there was one big dark brown lion and a crocodile.
    In both dreams I was in a house, trying to lock myself in a room with multiple doors. But as I ran from one door to the next, the lion always seemed to catch up.

  14. Thanks for the interpretations. I had a dream of a black lion. It was in some office in which I entered. It was just going from one chair to another, I was kind of running away from it in that tiny office, then a lady got in the office to sit on her main chair. I was sitting on a chair myself and the lion came and bit me slightly, then it stopped. I got up to tell the lady and she said, can’t you see the lion is preparing you for beauty. Then I looked at the lion and it was sitting doing nothing but staring at me.

  15. I am trying to make sense of the dream I had last night. It involves me walking down the street and seeing a lion which started to roar at me. Naturally I was scared and tried getting away.The lion did not chase me but when I climbed up on the fire escape I watch three lions which were the color white and brown being cornered by people with guns, they fiercely roared as they were cornered. I immediately woke up after this but the dream has me scratching my head trying to figure out what the true meaning

  16. Had a dream with 2 female lions one in front of me and one behind me and a tee tiny male lion. The lion in front of me started to approach the little tiny lion about the size of a kitten but I reached out my hand and grabbed the little tiny lion away from the bigger in front of me lion because it looked like she was fixing to eat it. then I woke up.

  17. The lion tried to attack but instead I used a rope to tie him up, thereby preventing hi from attacking or hurting me.

    • I was walking down a street with a old friend when lions with cabs my showed up my friend tried to jump over the fence but the lions chased him Iwas naturally afraid and shortly out of the fence came out of the fence and ran after me,I tried to escape but I realised I couldn’t outrun them I remembered we are all one and if I send the right vibrations out the lion will not attack me and I stopped, turned around and looked directly to the lions eyes with my head filled with love and imagining how it would be sweet to stroke the lion’s mane. To my surprise it worked, Next I sat down with lion next to me as a friendly dog very calm. The next were cheetahs everywhere at home and neighbourhood when they want to attack me a prey shows up and they leave me alone my friends and I managed to kill some but with alot of struggling.Could someone help me understand this dream please?. Thank you.

      • I had the most exciting and joyous encounter this past Passover on May 8th and life has never been the same! I’d like to believe and I know for fact, that the Holy Spirit was present that night. Anyway, since that experience that night, I preach almost every day, and I preach- truth. I’m not being pompous, so help me God, for when I start to excessively preach, something comes over me and my tongue gets sharp and whoever is being addressed, receives a very harsh, truthful yet loving and comforting sermon. This is something that has been happening to me since I was young but each time it got scary, I’d stop. When I say scary I mean, when the preaching gets intense and more truths are being said, my body begins to burn up and my heart races. It’s gotten scary and oft weird that my mom will calmly tell me “I have heard you, I understand.” Till this day, I do not understand what it is going on. But since that night, this has surely gotten way more intense. This week, I unknowingly preached to a friend that asked for advice and they left mid chat, but when they stood up to leave, I felt my body feel light. As if the truth had been released and that my friend had heard what was I saying. Right after he left, I started crying bc I felt happy and joyous and started praising God. I then again, unknowingly, got into prayer. I remember shutting my eyes and praying. All I remember, is burning up and loosing my voice but just overjoyed. And in that moment, I saw some cosmic space setting, as I was praying, I saw my self floating like a celestial body in space and there it was just space and many galaxies. I immediately got scared, and said my Amen bc again, I’m just flesh and blood so I will be scared if my prayer starts sending me to some celestial time. Since then, I wouldnt say it is a dream but I keep seeing a Flaming Lion, A great Flaming Lion. It’s roaring but not at me, but I am looking at whatever its roaring at but I cant really see it. This lion in flames keeps appearing oft and I wake up feeling good.

  18. I was in dream wen a one lion was heard down by groups of men some minutes later Dey decide to let go for d lion in d street so me Nd my hus hold manage run into one building for shelter

  19. I had a dream that I along with my friends was walking in a room full of fire but that fire was just on the floor and we were not getting harmed.
    But as soon as we reach the room a lion starts to sniff everyone’s feet like they are looking for someone and when it started to sniff me I actually felt it and I woke up..
    It’s really creepy. I just dreamt that.

    • silvana caceres on

      I dreamed w another of lions hunting so many people I tried to save them buy they killed may just for fun not to eat them.
      It was pretty scary to try to save my life from madness lions not pretty
      I will probably have to stop watching movies at night before bed

  20. I hate a dream that I along with my friends was walking in a room full of fire but that fire was just on the floor and we were not getting harmed.
    But as soon as we reach the room a lion starts to sniff everyone’s feet like they are looking for someone and when it started to sniff me i actual felt it and I woke up..
    It’s really creepy. I just dreamt that.

  21. I had a dream… Probably I saw a lion come out from nowhere attacking my family and friends..it caught up with all of them…I guess I was the only one who fled. In that same dream…I lived in regret for not saving my family..note…my life was all better then.

  22. thelezinhle on

    I had a dream seeing two lions fight each other and it was like I was the other lion and at the same time it was like I was just watching it all happen.

    • I had a dream a young but not baby Lion was in an entryway where I needed to pass through to get outside where my mom was picking me up. The lion got in once and kept trying to stay close to me but we were all afraid the lion could attack so we got it to go back to the entryway but still none of us could leave without passing by and we were all in awe of this wild animal but unsure of how to scare him off. In the end my son was the one to walk by him and open the second door to set the lion free and I was telling all the men to remember it was my son that was brave so we could all leave safely then I was almost to be picked up and the lion was right there again by me. It was scary and beautiful the lion was curious about me ??

      • I had a dream where two lion cubs wandered into my dads house through the back door. The parent lion was looking for them and was scratching at the door to break into the house to find them. My dad was scared to let the lion in. It was just me and him in the front of the house. I figured the lion wouldn’t stop until it had its cubs. I told him he had to put the cubs on the front step and let the lion naturally walk through the house to go to the cubs. He was scared to and dropped the front door key. I picked them up, opened the front door, and jewelry the lion broke through the back and found it’s way out through the front to the cubs. I said, see, told you you had to let it out.. it just wanted its babies. The lion didn’t even look back.

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