Keynote: Assertion of the Feminine and the Power of the Female Sun
Cycle of Power: Year-round
The lion is the second largest member of the cat family. The traits of cats should be studied in general, for the lion embodies many of them. It makes its home
on the savannas of Africa, and those with this totem would do well to study the significance of the savannas. The lion's main prey is the antelope and this
should be studied as well.
The lion has been symbolic of a variety of energies throughout the years. It is a symbol of the sun and of gold. It was a symbol for the sun-god Mithra. The
Egyptians believed that the lion presided over the annual floods of the Nile. Early Christians believed it to be the earthly opponent of the eagle. The
medieval alchemists associated it with the fixed element of sulphur, and a young lion was often the symbol of the rising sun and all that is implied by it.
The lion is unusual among members of the cat family in that it will live in groups called prides. If a lion has shown up as a totem, you can expect lessons and
issues dealing with community and groups to surface. There may be a need to examine your own role in the group.
Within the pride, the females are the best hunters. although most lions are clumsy hunters by themselves, they have developed an excellent cooperative hunting
technique. The females, though, do most of the hunting and the rearing of the cubs. The lion cubs lead a relatively care-free existence. Their parents are
patient and affectionate with the cubs, and most individuals with lions as totems will find those same qualities developing within themselves.
The males are most noticeable with their large manes. They do very little work. They can be passionate and excessively jealous of the lionesses. They protect
the pride against predators. When hunting they use their roar to scare prey toward the waiting lioness. If a male lion has shown up as your totem, you may need
to examine your usefulness within some group or community in your life. do you need to do more than you are? Do you need to be more protective? Do you need to
The lion does not fight for the sake of fighting. It avoids confrontations, and will leave the scen of danger if possible. This is a tactic to keep in ind if
the lion is your totem. Lions also hunt primarily by stealth, and the most common method of killing is by strangulation. This technique is something for those
with this totem to practice developing when pursuing new endeavors and objectives in any area of life. Be stealthy for the greatest success.
The idea of the young lion being associated with the rising sun is most significant. Since females of the pride do most of the work, it actually reflects the
idea of the rising of the feminine energies. The sun has not always been a masculine symbol. It does give birth to new days, and it nurtures and warms life.
Thus it is not stretching the correlation to see the lion as the assertion of feminine energies to bring forth birth and new power.
When a lion has shown up, there will be opportunity to awaken to a new sun. Trust your feminine energies--creativity, intuition and imagination. These will add
new sunshine to your life. Don't be afraid to roar if you feel threatened or intruded upon.
*Patricia Telesco/The Lanugage of Dreams:
Your own aggression or anger, especially if the lion is hunting for prey. The roar and clamor of a bragging individual, who announces her/his presence to all
who will listen. Rulership or authority. The lion is known as the "king of the beasts" and is a potent solar symbol. Hindu: The destroyer of demons,
which can include bad memories, past experiences, and even addictions. A lion was the 4th incarnation of Vishnu. Buddhist: Defending the law, but doing so with
a soft paw of compassion. Attentiveness. In folk beliefs it is said that the lion sleeps with its eyes always open.
The "King of the Beasts", universally linked with royalty, strength, and courage, the lion is usually associated with masculine representations of
the sun god in Greece and Rome. However, in the Middle East and Egypt the lion is more frequently represented as a woman. Sphinxlike, both nurturer and
destroyer, the goddesses Sekhmet, Ishtar, Astarte, and Cybele rode lions, drove lions, or bore leonine features.
As might be supposed, the lion is a totem animal for many African tribes, and there are numerous well-established rituals for coexisting with the big cat. Its
flesh is considered a potent food and medicinal cure. To eat its heart is to endow the feasting warrior with the strength and courage of the mighty beast
The lion is the symbol of the tribe of Judah and of the Davidic line. It was a Hebrew belief that lions would not attack humans unless they were starving, thus
providing further indication of their nobility and general goodwill. The milk of a lioness was thought to have potent healing properties. In earlier times, the
angel Uriel would manifest as a lion and descend from heaven to eat the sacrificial offerings left in the Temple.
In alchemical traditions, white gold is called the "lion of metals." In Medieval esoteric literature, the lion, "king of beasts,"
symbolized the earthly opponent of the eagle, "lord of the skies." Both represented the masculine principle.
In the Christian tradition, both St. Mark and St. Jerome are symbolized by their animal totem the lion.
If you have had the lion as your totem animal for many years, you have quite likely been told since your childhood that you are a natural leader and organizer.
If you have only recently accepted the lion as your spirit helper during a dream or a vision quest, you may expect that you are about to be promoted to a
position requiring a bit more of an assertive personality than you have previously exhibited.
With Lion as your ally you will continually be placed in situations that will stretch your talents and broaden your horizon. You need never fear, however, that
your spirit helper will put you in a problem area that will be over your head or beyond the grasp of your abilities. And you may always draw upon your totem
animal's generous reserve of wisdom and enthusiasm.
*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:
Lion relates to a braggart. May imply strength of character.
*Zolar/Encyclopedia of Signs, Omens, and Superstitions:
Tradition holds that the lion fears only the rooster, whose mane is as great as its own. According to the Romans, only a rooster's crow or the grinding
sound of empty chariots could frighten a lion. It is said that a lion will erase its tracks by sweeping them with its tail and that it sleeps with its eyes
open. Eating the heart of a lion was believed to bring one courage, according to African tribes. Wearing the eye of a lion under one's armpit was said to
keep away other savage beasts; wearing its skin was held to make one invincible.
*Denise Linn/The Secret Language of Signs:
The lion symbolizes majesty, power, bravery, and leadership, for the lion is the "king of the jungle." this is the time in your life to take control
with absolute confidence and strength. Jung felt that the lion in the wild represented our latent passions. Is this the time to unbridle and explore your
passions and to live life fully and courageously? This can also be a sign of a test of courage. For some African tribes, part of the rite of manhood concerned
pitting one's strength against the lion's. You may be tested in an ara of your life. Garner your inner strength and you will be victorious.
*Timothy Roderick/The Once Unknown Familiar:
Key Words: Wise, broadminded, honest
Magical Influences: Evokes power of the Sun, helps men in channeling the Sun God, generosity, enthusiasm, wisdom, honesty.
Personality: Lions are magnanimous and creative individuals. They tend to put themselves into situations that broaden their horizons. They can be broadminded
and open to variations in the culture and lifestyle of others. They are natural leaders and organizers. Sometimes they need to keep a pompous attitude under
*Barbara G. Walker/The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets:
Usually a symbol of the sun god in Greece and Rome, the lion was more commonly associated with the Goddess in the Middle East and Egypt. Ishtar, Astarte, and
Cybele rode or drove lions. Bast-Hathor was the Sphinx-lioness, symbolizing the Destroyer. Sometimes she appeared with two lion heads looking forward and
backward, like her Roman counterpart Janus-Jana. This was a symbol of Time, with the hieroglyph xerefu and akeru, the Lions of Yesterday and Today.
The Dark Age kingdom of the Britons was named after the "Lyonesse," one of its early queens appearing in Arthurian romance as the Lady Lyonors.
Merlin's city was Caerleon, the Lion's Place. Lions were not native to the British isles, therefore the British lion was an imported totem. Lion and
serpent stood for ascending and declining spirits of the sacred year, the former following the later in the pagan zodiac.
The British "Lady who ruled lions" may have arrived on Roman coins, which since the Augustan period showed the Great Mother of the Gods (Cybele)
enthroned between two lions, wearing the mural crown that became a Saxon emblem of divinity. she was thus described in a poem: "The Virgin in her heavenly
place rides upon the Lion; bearer of corn, inventor of law, founder of cities, by whose gift it is man's good lot to know the gods; therefore she is the
Mother of the gods, Peace, Virtue, Ceres, the syrian Goddess, weighing life and laws in her balance."
*Lady Stearn Robinson & Tom Gorbett/The Dreamer's Dictionary:
A lion featured in your dream is a symbol of social distinction and/or business leadership. If you heard the lion roar, you are likely to have to cope with
jealousy from someone close to you. A friendly lion cub is a forecast of a new and valuable friendship.
*Lion Medicine open for discussion.
(edited to remove the @#$% by replacing the original word with "rooster")