Spiritually, the lion symbolizes all those attributes that belong to the fiery principle. However, it is also an ambivalent symbol, since it represents both good and evil. It plays a part in the recognition of the four Elements Fire, Earth, Air and Water and represents Fire. In psychological terms, the lion represents all those qualities it shows: majesty, strength, pride, courage and so on. It is easier to recognize the necessity for such qualities in ourselves when symbolized in something else. The lion in dreams signifies both cruelty and strength. It also symbolizes the astrological sign of Leo and epitomizes the qualities of leadership depicted in that sign. You might also like to consult the entry for Animals.