Lions are nocturnal creatures, and are a symbol of authority and command over subconscious thought(as night is an ancient symbol of the subconscious - or dream states). The lion is considered by many ancient cultures to be a solar animal judgment.
Charging Lion This magnificent picture of an angry lion in the Kalahari desert, was taken by Netherlands photographer, Marsel Van Oosten and was a winning entry in the 2010 Travel Photography Of The Year competition.
Mufasa: Look, Simba. Everything the light touches is our kingdom. Mufasa: A king's time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king.