About 10,000 years ago, the lion was the most widespread large land mammal after humans. They were found in most of Africa, Western Europe, India, America and Canada. The lion's closest relatives are the tiger, jaguar, and the leopard. Lions evolved in Africa between 800,000 and 900,000 years ago.
We are all aware of their image as, king of the jungle or king of the beasts, lions are popular symbols of royalty, stateliness and a symbol of bravery. Found first in Ancient Egypt the sphinx, which had the head and shoulders of a human and the body of a lioness, represented the goddess Bast who was the protector of the pharaohs. Bast was a cat goddess of protection and the eye of Ra originally was depicted as a lioness. Several Biblical accounts document the presence of lions, the best known Biblical account featuring lions comes from the Book of Daniel, where Daniel is thrown into a den of lions and miraculously survives.
Highly distinctive, the male lion is easily recognised by its mane, and its face is one of the most widely recognised animal symbols in human culture. Lions tend to vary in size depending on their environment and area, for instance, lions in southern Africa tend to be about 5% heavier than those in East Africa. Lions spend much of their time resting , although lions can be active at any time, they are most active after dusk when socializing, grooming, and hunting most often takes place. They spend an average of three hours a day walking and an hour eating.
They typically inhabit savannah and grasslands, and sometimes the bush and forest too. Lions are very social compared to other cats. The pride usually consists of five or six females, their cubs of both sexes, and one or two males. Lions live for ten to fifteen years in the wild, while in captivity they can live as long as 20 years. Groups of female lions typically hunt together, preying mostly on large hoofed animals.
If Lion is your power animal then you have an immense inner strength. You take very good care of your appearance and are always immaculately dressed. You do not like to be rushed into making decisions but rather like to take your time and weigh all the options available to you. You have a very graceful and stately manner about you and people notice you when you enter a room. You respect social etiquette and expect others to do likewise. You are very honourable and detest deceit of any kind. Spiritually you are very evolved and aware and you like to teach this awareness to others. You are very sociable and have been known to throw very extravagant parties for friends and family. You like the good things in life and have very expensive and lavish taste. You do charity work to help balance your life style. You see yourself as a protector and do not like to see anyone bullied or threatened. You have a very strong mind and once you make your mind up it is almost impossible to get you to change it. You should visit a conservation area for lions and wear a lion symbol to bring this power animal closer to you.
Lion’s message to you is this, you have so many spiritual gifts that you sometimes suffer from confusion because you are unable to logically understand what is happening. Although it is difficult for you, you should try and forget about logic and listen to your heart more so than your head. People are not perfect and they make mistakes, use your compassion and empathy sometimes instead of your ‘roar’. You have the gifts of clairvoyance, clairsentience and clairaudience, you can see, feel and hear spirit world. Use your sense of intrigue and humour to good effect when using these gifts to help others. Trust you’re knowing, rather than your knowledge and learn to take some time just for yourself every now and again. You are a very enigmatic person with lots of charisma people generally let you lead and they follow you. You should take pride in your achievements and know that you are indeed regal and royal and worthy of everything that flows your way.
Characteristics: Royal, honourable, sociable, strength, clairvoyant, clairsentience, clairaudience, protective, charismatic and aware.
Ask Lion to assist you when you get overwhelmed by all the energies around you. When you are feeling helpless within a situation or relationship. Also when you need to find your compassion and empathy within a heated situation. When you are having trouble sleeping because too much is going on around you and you are unable to relax. When you need to find your inner strength to deal with emotional upheaval. When you need to do the right thing but are unable to find the strength to do this.
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