There’s no denying it, the lion is a ferociously vital symbol, conveying courage, strength, pride and royalty among many other traits. Read on for different cultural perspectives into lion meaning and symbolism as you contemplate wicked cool tattoo ideas.


The symbolic meaning of lions, as one might imagine, primarily deals with strength.

The fact that it is a nocturnal creature means that the lion is a symbol of authority and command over subconscious thought (as night is an ancient symbol of the subconscious – or dream states).

It’s interesting that the lion is considered by many ancient cultures to be a solar animal symbol, however it is primarily a nocturnal creature, conducting its hunting activity mostly at night. Further, the lioness is considered a lunar animal.

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