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 reminds 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 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 well enough alone.

Lion Scenarios you Might Encounter

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 was outside in my parents yard. It was lions just roaming around like they were pets! LOL! Some of them looked like regular lions, then some looked kind of strange. All of a sudden one of the lions starting chasing me. While I was running, I jumped on something that began to lift me up from the ground. The lion was still trying to catch me while I was floating. Somehow I ended up inside my grandma house, and began praying for a girl( I have no idea of who she was). The lion began to stare at me through my grandma door. Then I woke up!

  2. I saw a dream that a I was in a park sitting idly. A lion came into the park and climbed up the slide where a child was about to slide down. He was fearless just like all other innocent children are fearless. The mother of the child looked towards the child and was also not interested in the lion as she might have thought that the lion was harmless. Suddenly, the lion at once gobbled whole of the head of the child. Everybody was in fear and were running here and there. However, the lion got furious, roared and started chasing everybody else. But, astonishingly, he didn’t chase me. What does this dream imply?

  3. i had a dream that i am taking 2 sick lion to garden the one is white and the other one is normal lion after some time i saw that now i am taking 2 lioness to the same garden in the same sick and weak situation. but suddenly i saw the both lions the white and the normal one are look healthy and play-full i notice the skin of the normal lion its was thick and beautiful and lion talk to me something that i dont remember. i was hoping the both lioness should be get well soon as the lion

  4. I dreamed last night 2 sick lions . They’re lying on the floor then I tried to gave food they ate.Then after they ate they become ok.

  5. I’ve never dreamt of lions before. In my dream I was lost and looking for directions. I got off a busy highway and ended up at what looked like an old house or maybe an old rest stop. I proceeded up a stairway where I was greeted by an old woman with only one eye. When she opened the door out of nowhere the biggest and most beautiful lion appeared. I wasn’t afraid just a little surprised to see such a beautiful and calm animal. As I proceed in again out of nowhere there he was standing right beside me. The old lady walked me to a door that led me back outside. I then noticed the old lady had several other animals that she was either housing or taking care of. I asked if I could come back to visit with the lion and other animals, she replied come back anytime.

  6. I too also dreamt being attacked by a lion and he kept biting my head but he had no teeth in his mouth so he began to shake me like ragged doll I became unconscious an woke up shaking at about 2.30am …. what is this dream telling me

  7. Roberta Coleman on

    I dreamt that a lion was in my mind trying to attack me. So I took a knife and stabbed it twice. As it was dying I understood somehow he was jus trying to play with me like a lil kitten. But his size scared me so bad I stabbed him. I woke up feeling sad. I was sad like all day.

  8. Pranjal Dwivedi on

    I saw a lion in dream, neither he was running behind me nor he attacked me…but I was trying to save myself from the lion and lion was slowly following me everywhere….while attempting to save myself from lion, I got to a goods train and slept and when I woke up I saw lion was also sleeping in the same coach but he didnot attack me…..when I woke up and saw him I entered the toilet and opened gate for2 more persons as lion roared at them…and when they also entered the toilet I closed the door ….then I got down from the train but the I saw some police men checking for the persons who got down the train thinking they pulled the chain or illegal travelling etc….but they did not find me ….I woke up……what does it mean….plz guide

    • I’m no dream expert like the owner of this site. But as a christian It seems to me God is trying to pursue you. The reason why he was asleep next to you is he’s telling you that you have him watching over you. (Lion’s in the wild are very light sleepers they are always on guard) Him roaring is showing you that his words are to give you strength in the presents of others and the police appearing means he was guard (they are probably your guarding angels)

      It says in the bible: For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
      They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

      Angels are not just Messenger but they are also Guardians and some are even God’s own police force..(Michael for example fights with the devil to protect us)

  9. I heard the idea that lion as a dream symbol can be associated with your solar plexus chakra (I might be confusing the name). Anyway, it’s the chakra that is connected to courage and willpower. So, lion can speak about that aspects of yourself and maybe something you need to work out and pay attention to. Just a food for thought.

  10. Last night I saw lion in my dreams first I was beat the lion with broom but later I runaway from the lion and the lion transform human female face I was hiding inside house and I woke up

  11. I have been having this re occurong dream where a I am lying alone in an inch of water. It is extremely dark, but then the sky is suddenly full of stars. The water which stretches as far as I can see is reflecting every star. I look over and see my friend Matt who is peacefully staring at the stars and we just lie next to eachother and watch together for a while. I look over at him again ansd instead in his place is big white lion. He keeps repeating “master guide us, master teach us, master protect us, in your light we thrive, in your mercy we are sheltered, in your wisdom we are humbled, we live only to serve, our lives our yours.” He is looking up at the stars. I always get the feeling that he will not hurt me.

  12. Last night I dream of a 3 lion. 1 male 2 female. I was at school that time we have a training that time and we need to stay at school for a few days. Some fellows chooses to go back home. And we are just about 3 who remains at school. When its about before evening the 3 lions started to hunt us. One male is already at stairs and when we decides to go outside the school they run towards us and one of my friend got catch up and sacrificises herself. I knew from then I was aslo gonna get caught so I stop from running and dock to the floor but the lion just passed through me like they didnt saw me. Then finally I get up and walk oustide the school and found a vehicle.

  13. Had a dream lastnight. I was in my own house at night, I looked out of my window and a lion was roaming round. For some reason and still unclear I managed to get to my parents house. No sign of the Lion. I went to let out my dog (Yorkshire terrier) in the garden but had to quickly get her back because the Lion showed up. It managed to keep biting me but I was able to defend myself. It was powerful, male, and hard to detain. Yet sometimes I was able to grab it by its collar (?? I know wtf) and drag it outside even with it biting my hand and roaring. Absolutely shook me up. Don’t think I’ve ever been so scared.

  14. I had this dream that I was looking out over the beach, and in the distance to my right I noticed this huge male lion with a very large dark mane going in and out of the beach houses. I looked down and there was this guy laying on a beach chair showing the shape of his private part, which went down to his knee and wrapped around his thigh. I turned away and when I looked again he had pulled it out. But all of a sudden he disappeared. The next thing I knew I was walking along the beach front in front of a store and I looked to my right and there was the head and mane of the Lions, up to my shoulder. A voice spoke to me and said, Don’t Worry, Your Protected. The next thing I knew I was walking up to this brook that had a small waterfall with grey rocks in it. I looked to my right again and saw the most ugly grey bird I have ever seen in my life. I could not tell if it was a pelican or a sea gull. Then all of a sudden the Lions paw came over My right should, I turned my head to the left, closed my eyes and asked, did he get it? Did he get it? The voice said to me again, Don’t Worry Your Protected. I opened my eyes and looked to my right and the bird was gone. This is when I woke up!

  15. I had a dream last night about a male lion. This lion walked up to me and put his front paws on my back while getting ready to put his teeth around my throat. People standing around assured me that he was just playing with me, but would not hurt me. I then woke up.

  16. I dream farm of cow and then i have one lion in a cage and he scape because of being hungry and eated one cow. Then i caught him but he bit me in my neck but then i choke him and bring him again and locked inside his cage.

  17. I had a dream with a lion,tiger and pretty sure the way it looked was a snow leopard,all in the same dream,i was scared of all three but they never attacked me.

  18. Woken by text on

    I had a dream last night that I was with my family and a beautiful small beach. We were fascinated to watch sting rays swimming in circles. We were in awe of all the animals and activities, but knew to stay out of the water. It was getting dark and knew crocodiles were also in there.
    Next, we saw a cute little dolphin swimming in the mix. We were enjoying the “show” when a shark showed up. It started to harass the dolphin.
    We were startled when a male lion with a full mane, charge into the water and started attacking the dolphin.
    I woke up at that point.
    Just curious when it means.

  19. I dreamed last night that i was in a desserted farm of lions and huge gorillas, and i saw one gorilla escaping the farm and i dont k ow why i can see myself as that gorilla trying to escape that farm, then the lions found out that i am escaping, they chased me but fortunately i manage to escape that farm but i was terrified by those numbers of lions and gorillas and monkeys in that farm, and i end up in a man’s huge farm where theres an old huge hut for me as a gorilla, he was so nice to me, but i noticed that place is just the other side of the road where the farm i escaped from, the next scene i was inside the farm where i just escaped and im not a gorilla there but a human and i saw some of mycousins was there too, we are secretly gathering behing the concrete unfinished house or building not sure then the dominant lion spotted us and started to get aggressive and ready to eat us but we just went back to our own places and the lion started to just calm down

  20. From last week lion comes in my dreams..I try to go away but he comes and lick me..he holds me with his paws and hugs me tightly .I try to go away from him I try to escape bit all in vain..he catches me and I am under his control

  21. I had a dream I jumped into a cage with a lion feeling a sense of curiosity just to see what he would do then once he turned the corner and saw me he attacked and bit me as I tried to run away. I believe this dream is about negative people in my life bringing me down and it is completely overwhelming because these people have authority over me. I am a collegiate athlete and my coaches make me and my team feel oppressed. I was depressed in my freshman fall semester and now I’m my spring semester I just feel numb. I am a Christian and I don’t believe this means I am running away from God, I see it more as a warning.

  22. I had a dream last night that I had two lions in my house I think with intentions of having them domesticated because I wasn’t really afraid of them. However the male lion had died which I think symbolizes a past me and my lionness remained alive when I had doubted something in my dream she had grown aggressive which I think symbolizes that she was making sure I stop self doubting myself and remain strong minded on my goals. At one point after she had grown aggressive I tried to put her down and she wouldn’t back down I think this too symbolizes I have to keep going and remain strong and courageous !!

  23. Jean Brevell on

    I’ve had this dream 4 times. I wake up and go into a living room and find a lion standing there then I look around and I see another one in the room. I’m scared. The next scene I’m in my vehicle or walking and there’s lions wandering around the neighborhood.

    • I have similar dreams lately. Lions walking around my neighborhood or anywhere I am walking. They really don’t pay attention to me but I do feel afraid and try to avoid them.

  24. Several dreams of lions in the past couple years. One, I was trapped under ground with a cab driver after an accident. I knew we were likely going to die, but I was helping him stay calm to save what little air we had. A lion stood above ground, marking where we were. Last night, dreamt of seeing a lion (or 2?) with snow in their miens. I wasn’t afraid of them. They had a comforting presence.

  25. I had a dream that the lion was sleeping on top of me , I couldn’t move in fear of what the lion would do and all I could think of is how to get rid of the lion because it scared me didnt know what it could do to me…. The lion seemed like it was farmiliar to me…. this is coming after a very tough week of manipulative abuse from my brother. …

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