What Does It Mean When You Dream About Lions?

By on September 5, 2017

While some people view lions as terrifying, ferocious creatures, other people think that they represent power or strength. When you dream about lions, it can have a number of different interpretations. It may symbolize assertiveness, strength, power or courage. They may indicate that you have feelings of aggression deep within you that are unfortunately directed toward the people nearby you.

A spirit lion shows that a threatening situation has developed in your life. If the spirit lion is in the jungle, then it shows that you have dignity, loyalty or respect. It may also show that you have power or domination over the people near you. Lions are often a symbol of the type of influence you have on people near you. They can show a need for honesty and loyalty within your relationships.


Lions can represent a number of things depending on the situation and how they appear in your dream. Often, a lion can mean that you need to control your aggression or temper in different situations. It reflects a greater desire to take control of your circumstances. As the king of the jungle, the lion represents the authority over other people. The dream about lions may mean that someone else has power over you, or you may wish to gain control over someone else.

1. Overcome Negative Emotions

When a lion appears in your dream, it may indicate that you have a desire to overcome all of your negative emotions. It is like a reminder to stay strong and have courage. You may already influence other people, so you need to make sure that you influence them in the right way. Be cautious because what you say or do can have a great effect on others. If you become overly controlling, a lion may appear in your dreams to remind you not to be too much of a control freak.

2. Symbolic Meanings

For most people the lion is a symbol of things like power or courage. When the lion appears in your dream, it can symbolize any of the common interpretations. You have to look at your dream to see exactly which meaning suits your dream and life situation. A lion represents courage, authority, ferocity, dignity and power. Family and the pride are important, and they can symbolize a need for more focus on your family.

Since a lion represents strength, pride and honor, it may mean that you always stand up for what you believe in. When you do anything in your professional or personal life, you prefer to do it your way. Sometimes, it can show a need for tenacity to be successful. Protect the ones you love fiercely and guard your interests. It takes emotional strength and courage to consistently go after your dreams, but you can do it. A lion in your dream may also represent your motherly instincts. Like a lioness protecting her cubs, you protect your loved ones fiercely.

3. Tame Lions

What does the lion or lioness look like in your dream? If the lion is tame, it may show that you are far too comfortable in life. You have lost your ferocious edge because you have become complacent in everything that you do. This meaning may relate to your workplace or your personal relationships. You may need to switch up how you do things. Get rid of old, bad habits and try starting new activities. Sometimes, you just need a little push to begin moving into the right direction.

4. A Lion Hunting Prey

If the lion is hunting prey in your dream, it shows a desire or achievement of self-sufficiency. You have a fierce sense of independence and are confident enough to spend time alone. You are the one who is in control of your destiny, and you do not rely on others to reach success.

5. A Lion Attacking You

If the lion is attacking you or someone else in the dream, it means that someone or some outside force is pushing you toward your own destruction. Someone is pushing you out of line with your goals, and they are not helping you. You need to meet your challenges and move on without listening to what other people say. They do not always have your best interests at heart. Even when they do, their advice may be misguided or misinformed.

6. A Lion Eating

If the lion in your dreams is eating with you, it shows that you may have problems at the workplace. The best way to handle these problems is to be true to yourself. Basically, the lion is trying to tell you that you should act with integrity and listen to your heart whenever you deal with other people. If you do the right thing, then you do not have to worry about what other people think.

7. You Killed a Lion

When you kill a lion in a dream, it shows that you are feeling an immense amount of pressure in your waking life. You may be needing to make a huge decision, and you are not sure what to do. Sometimes, the best thing to do when you are under pressure is to just say no and move on. If you see a dead lion in your dream, it shows positive changes afoot. It means that you can successfully overcome challenges, even when these are legal in nature.

8. Black and White Lions

A black lion shows that there is negativity around you. Someone may be trying to harm you or other people. If you see a white lion, it shows your power and strength. He or she is trying to say that you are capable of achieving your dreams if you use your own inner strength, wisdom and courage.

9. Being Chased by a Lion

Being chased by a lion is a common dream experience. When this happens, the lion is showing aspects of your personality. You may be trying to run away from something in your waking life, but your efforts seem to be in vain. If the lion catches you or is close to catching you, it may be a sign that you have chosen a destructive path to get to what you want.


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    January 17, 2020 at 10:08 am

    In my dream I saw a group of lions attacking some people..my male friend who is close to me is among those people and I m standing little away. . One lion catches my friend from neck and drags his body away to eat..everybody present there gets scared to death and shocked..i m also scared and shocked but immediately I woke up….. What is the meaning of this dream?

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      January 17, 2020 at 11:11 am

      Lions often represent courage, so perhaps this dream is a sign your subconscious mind feels like it lacks the courage necessary to protect yourself and your loved ones. You may feel like you aren’t always strong enough to protect the people you care about in your life, which is an understandably terrifying feeling.

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    January 17, 2020 at 10:06 am

    In my dream I saw a group of lions attacking some people..my male friend who is close to me is among those people and I m standing little away. . One lion catches my friend from neck and drags his body away to eat..everybody present there gets scared to death and shocked..i m also scared and shocked but immediately I woke up…..

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      January 17, 2020 at 11:15 am

      Lions often represent courage, so perhaps this dream is a sign your subconscious mind feels like it lacks the courage necessary to protect yourself and your loved ones. You may feel like you aren’t always strong enough to protect the people you care about in your life, which is an understandably terrifying feeling.

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    John Law 2020

    January 16, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    I dreamt myself meeting a pride of lions . There were older lions as well as little lions. They were not harsh ad appeared not hungry to attack me. I thought of running away but I noticed i was defenceless. They sorrounded me and i then tried to confine myself in a small shelter for protection. No attack by the lions was done but i knew in my mind that i can be devoured by these predators. They were still sourrounding me.

    I am wondering what this can mean

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      January 17, 2020 at 12:03 pm

      The dream seems to show an ability to be courageous and meet danger head on–nice!

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    Pradeep Bhavi

    January 12, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    I had a dream where I was sleeping in a village and lions were sniffing around and afraid of being eaten as I was sleeping in the open. Constantly feeling why I don’t have a proper house to sleep safely.

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      January 12, 2020 at 10:50 pm

      The dream shows a fear of an outside force, and it seems like you are afraid that you don’t have the courage you need to confront the problem. You may also feel like you lack the things you need in your waking life to stay safe and to achieve your goals, which is why you didn’t have a proper house in the dream.

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    January 12, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Interesting info. The lion in my dream was on the floor of a factory building made of wood and I was on steps going down towards it. It was dimly lit, I had a pole in my hand and put a cloth on the end and shoved it in the lions mouth slowly down its throat, the pole slowly collapsed into itself until I was near the lion. The lion spoke and said: I know what your doing! I replied I know, you know, what Im doing. The lion Collapsed and became smaller.

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      January 12, 2020 at 10:51 pm

      Lions often represent courage, so perhaps this dream indicates that you feel like you are becoming more courageous and taking charge of things in your waking life now.

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    January 12, 2020 at 5:08 am

    In my dream, my dad killed a golden lion on a hunt, covered it up woth a cloth and proceeded to show it off to someone else. As he did, the lion sensed my presence and heard my voice as I came closer and came back to life. It moved pathetically towards me with its head and tried to love me while i screamed for my dad to put it out of its misery. It lasted for what felt like forever…i held the lions head and comforted it while it was in pain while my dad got his gun. I screamed at the top of my lungs when he shot it in the head a second time. I woke up crying. Thoughts?

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      January 12, 2020 at 11:00 pm

      The dream initially shows a sense that your dad or someone you love has the courage to take charge and do things in life, but you feel like you lack that courage. The end of the dream seems to show that you were right to hold back, and that it is through your empathy and compassion that you will achieve your ends; not through courage.

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    January 10, 2020 at 6:00 am

    I had a dream that my mom had brought a lion into in the house. He had beautiful golden fur but I was still scared of him. I tried to warn my family members that the lion could possible attack us but it felt like nobody was even aware of my existence. So all I did was try to avoid him. But it seemed like he was following. I didn’t run or anything because I knew that if I showed fear he could attack me. What does this dream mean?

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      January 11, 2020 at 11:43 am

      Lions are often indications of relationships with strong familial or emotional relationships. It is possible that someone new in your life has been influencing you.

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    January 5, 2020 at 11:28 am

    I had a dream that about 30 lions got loss and started killing people off, the the thing is I didn’t know any of the people. And in the dream I wasn’t myself. It was a big group of people trying to work together but only I (I was a man) kept escaping. Before I gotta woke up, dream me and a couple other people were still alive.

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      January 6, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      The dream may mean you feel like you would like to have more courage in a situation, but you also feel like escaping or avoidance is often one of the most effective courses of action as well.

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    Jonathan Happy

    January 4, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    What if i dreamed i was a lion and i was trying to get out of a cav3

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      January 5, 2020 at 9:44 am

      It probably shows you want to find the courage to escape from a situation in real life that you feel stuck in or constrained by.

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        Towania Parker

        January 14, 2020 at 10:51 am

        I had a dream that i was standing outside on the passenger side of my car, and i was looking at the trees and as i was there looking and enjoying the sight of beautiful trees out came a lion walking slowly and it just stopped and looked at me and start walking slowly to me then i start walking to the lion a it seems like the lion wanted me to touch his fur or maybe rub his fur, because the lion head was down as it wanted me to pat or touch it, which was a little weird to me, then i woke up right when my hand touched his fur.

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          January 14, 2020 at 11:59 am

          The dream may be a sign that you need to gain courage before you can go off on a journey and begin exploring the world.

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    January 3, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    What about feeding your own flesh to some lions. They are not attacking you but laying on the floor and they need food so you are feeding them your own flesh

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      January 4, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      It sounds like you feel like a Buddhist story where the hero used his flesh to feed lion cubs so that they wouldn’t die. Perhaps the dream is telling you that you give, at times, too much of yourself to others, but it is only because you feel that they need it so much.

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    Simone Smith

    January 3, 2020 at 6:39 am

    Hello I had a dream that a lion was walking up to my house, he sat at my front door. However he look mad! He did not roar he just sat at the front door. My children was there I told them to lock all the doors. Then he Disappeared so me and my children open the door and we looked up the block in the neighborhood and there he was again walking but he wasn’t alone he had his lion ass with him and again they just walk to the door and sat there. But the Lionesse put her Paw on my glass door and just looked. So I told the kids to lock the door again and then I woke up?

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      January 3, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      Lions are often manifestations of strong social or emotional relationships. Nourish your relationship with your children by spending additional time together.

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    January 2, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    I had a dream that I have bought lion at home and forgot to inform my family about it. I am checking on everyone at night to make sure everyone is alright. In the next dream, while I was checking on every one, my father came,saw the lion and started running, and in the mean course Lion grabbed his legs and made a bite. After this I came against him and distracted him to save my father and then we all are now in secured place.

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      January 2, 2020 at 3:13 pm

      The dream shows you have found a sense of courage, but you aren’t sure how your family would view this path in life, which is why your family reacts negatively to the lions and you have to save them.

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    December 31, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    I had a dream today where a lion was chasing me.i was running then at a point I stopped turn and then kicked the lion.dont know what it means?

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      January 1, 2020 at 12:29 pm

      The dream shows your desire to develop courage and bravery. You may feel like you don’t have these qualities yet, but the fact that you turned on the lion shows that you feel it is possible to gain these qualities if you try.

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        January 2, 2020 at 12:32 am

        I had a dream where I’m walking out of my grandmas to my car around the corner. Just as I get to the end of the driveway people are yelling at me to duck my head so I do and there ended up being tigers walking by. People scared it off but then a little later two lioness’s and one lion are walking up. The two lioness’s are looking at is like prey and the lion walks up and cuddles me. Holding me just calmly. I end up being able to walk away but the lines run after me almost attacking me but end up going back. I turn the corner and a firecracker is facing me about to go off. Totally bizarre but I really want to know what if means

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          January 2, 2020 at 2:58 pm

          Lions are often manifestations of strong social or familial relationships, while tigers may be indications of impressive individuals in your life. The people who warned you about the tigers could be an indication of your knowledge of the concerns and worries that influence the people who are in your life. You may find benefit in looking inward at this time, as this will help you better understand your dream.

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    December 31, 2019 at 4:42 am

    I was in a city, crossing streets to get to my car. As I crossed the last street, I saw a male lion lying beside a bush. It didn’t appear to see me, so I calmly kept walking. There were a group of strangers walking in the same direction as me, and I thought to myself, “There’s safety in numbers.” Just then, the group split. The majority went left, and this guy and I went right. I turn, and notice the lion is following me and the guy. I keep calmly walking, but the guy turns around and notices the lion, panics and starts running. The lion goes after the running man and attacks him. I get to my car. My parents are inside, with my dad in the driver’s seat. I tell them about the lion and we prepare to leave, but there is something under the car. It is the lion, trying to keep us from leaving. It starts clawing the car from underneath. Somehow, Dad manages to back the car away and proceeds to leave the parking lot. Mom is telling him to go faster. In the rearview mirror, I see the male lion and two lionesses trying to follow us, but we lose them.
    The dream cut to me in a hotel room, safe from the lions, but very much afraid. I keep checking the news to see if the lions have been caught yet. I feel scared, and I reach for my phone to call my friends for support.
    That’s when I woke up.

    • web admin

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      January 1, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      The dream shows that you fear a situation you are in or people you are in. While you want to have the courage to confront the situation, all you can do right now is hide. Even with the support of your friends and family, you don’t feel brave enough to turn things around just yet.

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