Have you ever experienced a face-to-face encounter with a lion in a dream? It seems like dreamers are reporting an increasing amount lion dream appearances. Lion dreams usually startle the dreamer with their strong, heart-pounding affects.
What do lions mean in dreams?
Remember that dreams are primarily symbolic, and that most symbols may possess both positive and negative possibilities. Discern whether the lion serves a positive or negative purpose in the dream. Is it menacing, destructive and threatening? Or is it comforting and strong?
For instance, in scriptures, a lion is often referred to as an evil, intimidating, fearful force that hunts and destroys humanity. Its roar, a powerful ‘voice’, which can be heard for miles, frightens and paralyzes its prey, so that it can be captured and slaughtered. I Peter 5:8 says, “Be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
Watch out, folks! If you experience an angry, starving lion, even in your dreams, it is time to take protective action against attack!
Hungry lion dens were often used as punishment—the ruthless, destructive anger and insatiable hunger was a most hopeless sentence for any helpless person.
On the flip side in the scriptures, a lion represents Jesus Christ, the conquering forceful lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5). One who is unchangeable, unshakeable, unstoppable!
Lions in our culture additionally may represent boldness, courage (think Wizard of Oz), highest level of leadership (King of the jungle, top of the food chain), a fiercely independent spirit with an intimidating, incapacitating influence. Consider all possibilities in dream interpretation.
Recently a friend told me his dream that everywhere he went, he was accompanied by a huge lion. The lion walked closely, right beside him, and seemed gentle, except when this friend tried to go somewhere on his own. Then the lion would pounce, pin the dreamer down, and redirect with his huge paws.
Based on context and the tone of this dream, and the fact that the dreamer was a follower of Jesus, we determined that this lion dream was encouraging the dreamer to embrace the protection and strength that came through his faith—when he journeyed on the ‘right’ path for his life. And the correction that would strike—if he got off track.
Noteworthy, in scripture, one lion eventually overcomes the other lion. If we are a child of God, we are encouraged to make a clear decision regarding which side to align with. Often it can be difficult to tell which side seems to be opposing your efforts!
Remember the conversation between Lucy and Mr. Beaver in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe–Lucy asks if Aslan, the lion is safe. Mr. Beaver responds, ‘Safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s GOOD. He’s the King, I tell you.” We human beings can struggle with the mysterious, often scary, supernatural aspects of power demonstrated by lions.
May we each journey wisely, following the best voice that will lead us through GOOD adventures!