It has a dual significance, bearing in itself, and solar and lunar symbolism, and personification of goodness and evil. As a symbol the lion represents the solar heat, brilliance and strength of midday sun, the fire, grandeur, strength and courage, fortitude, justice, law, military power, the king of beasts.

On the other hand, the lion symbolizes the cruelty, savagery, savage way of life. He - a symbol of war and is an attribute of gods of war. Personified moon principle lion accompanies the Great Mother, or vpryazhena in her chariot. Symbolizing the maternal instinct, a lion often depicted with virgin goddesses of war. Goddess of Crete, Mycenae, Phrygia, Thrace, Syria, Lycia, and Sparta had on his coat of arms lion. She appears in the pictures next to the winged Artemis, Cybele, Fortuna and the Gorgon, as in India and Tibet - as an attribute of Tara and the land and a symbol of motherhood.

Lion and unicorn symbolize competing solar, lunar, female-male force. Lion kills boar, means the force of the Sun, killing wild boar winter.

Devouring one another lion and dragon represent the Union, in which the identity of the two allies.

Lion and lamb symbolizes new-found paradise, the original unity, the "Golden Age" and the end of the world and all conflicts. Solar hero kills a lion - it is the god of the sun, moderate heat of midday sun scalding. Do Makrobiusa told that lions symbolize the earth, "Mother of the Gods."

A pair of lions means "double strong ruler, and the guard doors, gates and treasures, or the tree of life. Often, they maintain, solar images, and represent a symbol of constant vigilance and courage.

Winged lion, or gryphon can impersonate androgina or union of two elements.

Green lion - a symbol of the young god of the grain before it is mature to a golden grain. The lion's head, which is a fountain, a symbol of the day the sun, the gift of water erupt on the Earth.

Throne, standing on lvah means taming power of space.

In alchemy red lion symbolizes the male principle (sulfur), a unicorn - Women's (Mercury). Green Lion is the beginning of the Alchemist, all transmutiruyuschy elixir. The two lions represent the element Mercury, philosophical mercury, nous.

In Buddhism the lion - the defender of law, the wisdom of the Buddha, the spiritual fervor, to move forward and understand, the courage, enlightened man, himself ruler. Sometimes the Buddha depicted on the throne, standing on lvah. A lion is an attribute of the packaging. Ratnasambhava jumps on lve. Young lion represents Boddhisattvu just past initiation. Leo, portrayed with lvenkom under its paw, also represents the Buddha, ruling the world, and compassion. Lions roar symbolizes the Buddha, the Dharma preacher fearlessly.

In China, the lion is courage, energy, force. Lion with the ball - either the Sun or the cosmic egg, or the duality of nature. Men, married, represent the lion, meaning force, and horse - a symbol of speed, a woman - the flowers.

In Christian symbolism the lion ambivalent: on the one hand, it means strength and power of Christ, it started as a royal king of Judah, and on the other - the ability of Christ to save the Christians from the herd "roaring lion", that is the devil. It was believed that the lion sleeps with open eyes, and therefore symbolizes the constant vigilance, alertness and spiritual strength. Leo, as the time, supported the foundations of the church. In addition, there was a belief that lvyata born dead and the life they inhaled parent, so a lion is a symbol of resurrection. A monster-Odinochkoy, the lion is the Hermit and Odinochestvo. Lion - the emblem of St. Mark, as his Gospel stresses the regal nature and greatness of Christ. He is also the emblem of the Saints, Adrian, Evfimii, Hierominate, Mary of Egypt, Paul the Hermit, Prisca, Fekly. In the catacomb pictures a story of Daniel in the den of lions symbolize the salvation of the Lord of his subjects.

In Egyptian art the lion symbolizes protection and guard; is solar, which is depicted with the solar disk, and the moon, when the neighbor of horned Moon. Lion with two heads, located in different parts of the body, represents the sun gods of dawn and dusk. Two lion spins located at each other and are shown together with the solar disk, means the past and present, yesterday and today. A lion is an attribute Sekmeta and the Goddess Mother, symbolizing motherhood. However, as Sekmet, it may mean, and retaliation. Shown together with the solar disk is the god of the Sun Lion Ra, Al Moon - Judge the Dead Osiris. Tefnut was the head of a lion.

In Greek mythology, the lion accompanies Phoebe, Artemis, Cybele, Tihe, Gorgon, and, occasionally, of Dionysus. Lions zapryazheny the chariot Cybele and Juno. The lion's skin - the attribute of Heracles, solar hero who fought with the lion (in this case acting as a symbol of death), and overcome death.

Do Jews lion - a symbol of power and cruelty. Winged lion - symbol of the South, the Lion of Judah.

In Hinduism the lion symbolizes the fourth avatar of Vishnu, who is sometimes portrayed poluchelovekom-polulvom; lion Agni. Leo, portrayed with a lion, symbolizing the Shakti-Shakti, where a lion - it is the Supreme Lord, rhythm, and a lion - strength of the words expressed. Leo is a guardian of the North and the attribute of Davy and goddesses Durga and destroy demons.

We Iranians are a symbol of royalty, power, and solar light.

In Islam, the lion gives protection from evil. The Japanese lion - the king of beasts, and it appears on the images to the pion - the symbol of the Queen of Flowers. Lions ball denotes emptiness.

In mitraizme lion - a symbol of solar, meaning the fourth level of initiation. Kronos, depicted with lion's head - is zones, time, fate, devouring all, a symbol of the sun, a symbol of fire. Leo, along with bulls symbolize death, the lion and deer - the time of his death.

In Romans lion - this solar light, royalty, an attribute of Apollo, Hercules and Fortune; devouring power of death, but also the victory of man over it.

In Sumero-Semitic mythology, the lion-fire the Sun, the supreme power, strength, courage, an attribute of the sun god Marduk. I.nan goddess (Ishtar), as the Great Mother escorted two lionesses. Lion with branch in its claws, or two-lion epitomize solar god of war Niniba. Chaldeans portrayed in the form of a lion Nergal, the god of war and death, embodies the hostile aspect of the Sun, omnivorous summer heat. In addition, two lion heads, otvernuvshiesya from each other, representing the god of the Sun and the underground world. Leo the Great's mother was accompanied by Atargatis.

In Taoism hollow "brocaded ball" or "lion's Ball" - is emptiness, loss of mind.

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