Lion Dream Interpretation and Meaning (Spirit Animal)


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.


About Author

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.


  1. I dreamt I was playing with two Lions a Male and a female. At first I was afraid of them but they came were I was and purring like a cat. I liked the fact that they were friendly and harmless. I lifted the Male lion on my back and we were moving around the house and people were terrified but I cared less, i was just excited about the feeling of being able to move with it.

  2. Hello. I can’t remember my dream clearly but I think I was running away from someone in a massive building but I also remember others running too I think two people I actually know in real life. As I’m running I find my self in a dark place where three or four lions were kept. I was quiet scared to go in but I needed up going in. I think one of the lions put their head up I stopped and waited and then walked or ran through. And out there was sunny with more caged lions I was more relaxed then I think. I can’t remember it properly. I want to know the spiritual meaning of this dream please.

  3. Gurvinder Singh on

    Recently, i saw both lion and tiger standing along each other in was around 3 a.m. Can you tell if it was good or bad… and what does it actually means…

  4. I saw an animal that looks so suspicious then I wanted to kill it only for a mother lion with it’s cub to come and save the animal from me killing it and then turn around to chase after me and the person standing with me.

  5. I had a similar dream a lion was circling outside my house it was night time and it was trying to get in there was a dog with me as well.

  6. My dream;
    I was capturing lion from all surrounding direction, I had to complete a full circle, then I found myself eating lion meat, but it was served on a floating tray in a pool!

    • Stephen, your interpretations on this topic is so bang on! I have been having these dreams a lot ( gap between months and years) but I always see a lion in my dream! Always! In my 43 years with gaps in between, it has always been a lion. Only twice did I have a black snake in my dream! But the point is, it always kept me thinking why do I have these dreams and that too about a lion either chasing me, sniffing my hand (surrounded by lions) or walking beside me. Never understood what it meant and when I asked someone they too couldn’t say anything. But now I can get a feel of what those dreams were trying to tell me! It says somewhere that Stephen’s interpretations are for entertainment only but I would disagree! He is so correct when he mentioned those points. I’m not a Leo but a Sagittarian so was wondering why do I always see a lion in my dream! Glad I found this!

  7. I was literally surrounded by lions male and female I felt scared but I didn’t want to run because I thought if I did they would attack me. I would slowly try to back away and they kept following me and getting closer but with light any aggression. I was confused why they were being nice to me one ever rubbed my face like a big cat but couldn’t help but feel afraid.

  8. I dreamt that I had a house surrounded by lions and I also had all these dogs that I needed to protect from the lions. Every time a lion made it into the house I would have to quickly get all the dogs into a room and close off all the doorways. Then some lion trainer would come and calm the lion and get them out. Just as the situation seemed under control, another lion or lioness (I saw both) would break in and I would have to move the dogs again.

    I definitely felt overwhelmed and like it was never ending. I think with everything that is going on in the world right now, I, like so many, feel a loss of control and am uncertain about the future. As a teacher, I am definitely worried about school and going back in 2 months…

  9. I was driving home in my car,with me in the car, my wife and late grand-mother. As i take the last turn towards my house, i see a male Lion staring at me – and makes a run for us. In the dream, i managed to get out of the car and close the gate behind me,my grand mother remained outside – the lion however still managed to get pass the gate. I locked the door behind me, the Lion tried to get in, but couldn’t and walked away. No one injured.

  10. Bedzra Foster on

    Please in my dream I saw my head turning into that of a lion, please what does it mean?
    Please I need help!

  11. In my dream I was sleeping & Lion came bite my leg finger gently like what dogs do just like putting my leg finger in its mouth and then came up to my heaf and slept near my head as I was sleeping.

    • In my dream, I saw a lion clapping his front paws and had a rugby ball next to him. It was next to a cemetery. Then a leopard leapt down from the cemetery and killed a wild pig standing upright next to the cemetery. What does that mean?

  12. Patrick Ngwenyama on

    I saw a woman walking with a lion, and the lion asked my name, i said i’m Ngwenyama.then the woman shook my hand and stated to utter toungues praying.

  13. I just dreamt of a pack of lions emerging from under water. It’s seems like they were being grown there and they were so beautiful. As the left the water in a group make and female they looked happy and strong. Everyone started singing them happy birthday as they were free even calling them by name. It was beautiful

  14. I see these lions in my dream frequently since last few years. None of them has ever attacked me but everyone who was along wid me. Everytime be the scenario be different bt I’m always trying to escape from that lion. It scares the hell out of me. I don’t know what does it indicate. Please help if anyone can.

    • Hi, I think it means God loves you and is trying to protect you from people who are fake or who may want to harm you. I think it means he’s protecting you on a daily basis even though you are pulling away from him. God loves you

  15. I dream im in dinning with group of people and then peolple together with their lion enters. Then my dogs bite my palm not letting me go… Can someone explain whats the mening of this?

  16. We are group of people walking down along my way to office suddenly a Lion apear leave others and start chasing till a point it we go back as soon as I try to meet back with my colleagues it we chase me back it happen up to 4times eventually I pass and I woke up from my dream

  17. I just woke up from a dream that was absolutely terrifying. The lion in my dream was peaceful and tame but, for whatever reason, still felt like a danger to me. The lion was sleeping and I felt like I hadto kill it. And so, I did so. To make sure it was dead, I removed the tongue. However, moments afterwards, the lion woke up again and was in tremendous pain, crying and finding it hard to breathe. The person I was with (whom I don’t remember) said that I needed to kill the lion and take it out of its agony. I remember asking “will you think any differently of me once I do” to which they replied “I don’t know yet…maybe”. And, the dream ended with me deciding what to do.

    • I dreamed of hungry lions. Good looking lions, but very hungry. I had a small child by my side. Which it was my brother when he was a little boy ( weird). We hid in a bathroom outside of a backyard, which it tornes out to be the lions den. There was a kids play set outside which we eventually climbed on after running away from the old bathroom. As we climbed in there a woman with a small girl also climbed up there to “scape” the hungry lions. A group of men’s Sydney showed up and lions ended up eating one of them at the bathroom I was hiding just a few minutes before. I don’t know who was the person, but he screamed in pay as the lion feasted on him. There was a white ish lion and a regular dark yellow lion in the scene.

  18. I saw a dream where i was first scared of the lion and later i was just sitting besides him peacefully not at all scared. What does this dream mean?

  19. Mompati Garatwe on

    I was in a veld with one of my workmates &suddenly we were attacked by a group of lions,we managed to face them and drove them away & immediately as they ranaway two cheetahs attacked us and followed us and I woke up before they can even catch us.

  20. I was praying, meditating It felt like sleep a dream, but felt real. A lion walk by me, it was beautiful and I was at peace, till someone I didn’t see said that was a lion , and I should be afraid. I went to turn and look at the lion and he open his mouth to roar, and I was told you have no fear in you. Went back to praying and the original peace was there.

  21. My dream was that I found myself in a game park and there were lions and other animals but the lions were chasing other people and I was afraid to but they were just passing me they were not attacking me but were attacking other people and they were running away

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