My last post about Simba (Swahili for “lion”), my wise and patient lion king, has inspired this next Animal Spirits post. Simba was a close soul mate, someone who has walked with me in other lifetimes. The day I had brought him home, it felt like we had known each other forever. Though he was an Alaskan Malamute, he looked like a lion, walked with the same strut of a lion, and by far exhibited the wisdom, bravery, strength, and courage associated with lions.
Both Simba’s and my Western Astrological Sun signs are Leo. In astrology Leo, the lion, is the only zodiac sign associated with the Sun, making it a solar animal. Lions are fierce, fiery, passionate, confident, and powerful. All of the above qualities of the lion and its association with the Sun are why they are often used for symbols of royalty, leaders, and of leadership.
Interestingly the lion is a mostly nocturnal animal. It hunts with authority and confidence during the night. The lion is comfortable within the realm of darkness – with the subconscious, the unconscious, its intuition, and its inner knowing. The lion symbolizes a balance between the Sun and the Moon, consciousness and unconsciousness, yang and yin, etc.
Right before and during the two years that Simba was loyally and nearly always by my side, I almost continuously would pull the Strength card of the Tarot. This card is ruled by Leo and is very much about inner strength, being patient, being vulnerable (the maiden), and befriending one’s desires/passions (the lion). When we don’t let our desires control us or others and when we accept the parts of ourselves or others that we are uncomfortable with, we open ourselves up to self-love, love, and being creative. (Neither of which can be rushed; patience is required.) Being courageous means living from the heart [French cor, heart], which is the seat of our soul in this physical form. The lion teaches us to live from our heart and soul.
The lion symbolizes:
- Strength, Courage, Dignity
- Power, Ferocity, Passion
- Energy, Self-confidence and Self-fulfillment
- Leadership, Royalty, Authority
- Loyalty, Strong Family Ties, Brotherhood, Honor
- Patience, Relaxation, and Releasing Stress
- Wisdom and Intuition
Here’s a little lion wisdom to end this post 🙂 :