Fantastic beast with the head and claws eagle, body of a lion, but without wings. Used in heraldry. Symbolizes the sun, sky, zolotyaschiysya light of dawn, and the association properties of an eagle and a lion. As custodian of the treasures, it means vigilance and retribution.

In the East, shared the spring with a dragon symbol of wisdom and enlightenment.

In ancient Greece as a solar animal, he devoted Apollo, as the personification of wisdom - Athens, as a symbol of retribution - Nemesis.

In Christianity, spring means evil, claiming the souls of the devil, as well as those who persecuted Christians. Later, according to Dante, he began to symbolize the two-nature of Christ and the role of the Pope as a spiritual and secular lords.