Leopard in a Dream
The leopard is a solitary, predatory animal found in eastern and central Africa, as well as parts of southern Asia. In China, the leopard was associated with the moon, but in Africa it was related to the sun. In ancient Greece, it was associated with Dionysius, who was often depicted riding a leopard. The leopard was sometimes referred to as the "great watcher," because the spots on its coat looked like eyes. To dream of a leopard is a sign that hidden aspects of your nature�especially sensual, erotic, and violent elements �need to be handled carefully in order to avoid confrontations with others. If you dream of a leopard at the same time as dissension is going on in your life, it's a sign that you will overcome your opponents with ease. Dreaming of a leopard in a cage is a sign that an enemy is powerless to hurt you. If a leopard attacks you in your dream, it's a sign of obstacles on the path towards your ultimate goal. The English author Anna Kavan (1901-68) wrote a short story called "A Visit," which describes how in a dream a leopard visited her one night and lay down in bed beside her. She enjoyed watching the rhythmic expansion and contraction of its chest, and savored "his natural odor, a wild primeval smell of sunshine, freedom, moon, and crushed leaves, combined with the cool freshness of the spotted hide, still damp with the midnight moisture of jungle plants." When she woke up in the morning, the leopard had left.