The lion is a powerful symbol of strength, power, courage, pride, and leadership. No wonder the lion is "king of the jungle." Common expressions, such as lionhearted and he fought like a lion, indicate this. The lion has always been associated with the sun. This may be because of its yellow-gold color, or perhaps the shape of the male lion's mane. In ancient Egypt, the lion was associated with Ra and Horus, both solar gods. Aker, a god in the shape of a lion, guarded the gate through which the sun entered the sky every morning. In Christianity, St. Mark the Evangelist is symbolized by a lion. The lion is also the symbol of the tribe of Judah, and Jesus Christ is sometimes called "the Lion of the tribe of Judah." Dreaming of a Hon means that you're accessing your reserves of inner strength. You will have the necessary confidence, boldness, persistence, and stamina to achieve your goals and will ultimately become extremely successful. If you dream of a pride of Hons, you will soon be placed in a leadership role. If you dream of a roaring Hon, it's a sign that you'll be taking a stand over a particular issue. It's a sign of new friendships if you dream of Hon cubs. It's a sign of a happy home and family life if you dream of a Honess with her cubs. If you win a fight against a Hon in your dream, it's a sign that you are overcoming a difficult situation. If the lion in your dream is terrifying and intimidating, it can indicate someone who is threatening or frightening you. This person is likely to be ruthless, and have little or no consideration for the feelings of others. If the lion in your dream is running away from you, it's a sign that your pride, confidence, courage, and strength are temporarily deserting you. You will need to regain them as quickly as possible to assert yourself when necessary. In China, pairs of stone Hons are regularly used as guardians of the main entrances to official buildings. The lion on the right-hand side looking out is the male, and the one on the left-hand side is female.