Lion symbolizes pride, leadership, and small group dynamics. Lion has a long standing respect as King of the Animals. Lion is regal, beautiful, intelligent. Lion is a reminder to take pride in what we do and how we present ourselves. Even when life hands us menial miserable tasks, Lion is a reminder that doing anything well brings glory to the task at hand. Don’t just be, strive to be the best. If you can’t be the best; at least look your best while trying. Sometimes just looking our best is enough to feel like we are the best.
Lion is also a reminder that when we find ourselves in the spotlight, at the top of our field, or even just doing better than the guy standing next to us, we should use those moments to help those around us. Lions demeanor is actually relatively non-confrontational. Lions were symbols of prosperity in many ancient cultures. Prosperity is no excuse for cruelty or egotism. If you find yourself in a space of abundance, of smiles, money, or even time, remember to share the wealth, and be humble in the moment. Pride must be tempered with humility and generosity.
Lion is also well known for living in groups or prides, as well as hunting in groups. The male Lion with his regal mane is actually not the most active group member. Male Lions are usually fairly passive and inactive acting mostly as protectors that scare others away with a loud roar. Female Lions are the hunters and care takers of the young. When we notice Lion in our lives it’s important to notice our participation in the small groups we belong to; immediate family, close friends, teams, discussion groups, work groups. It’s important to make sure we are working together using everyone’s skills to their fullest, and that everyone in the group is doing their part, including ourselves! In small groups it’s key that everyone feels included and appreciated. Respecting others and actively appreciating their views and talents brings positive energy to our group dynamics and makes everyone happier. Asking others in our group what they need and what they consider their strengths is a great place to start.