To dream of lions represents feelings of total control or domination of others. Either your own need to control others, or your projection of other people who you feel want to control you.
Positively, a lion may represent leadership, courage, or using your temper for good purposes. Yelling at misbehaving children or dishonest people. Angry threats towards criminal-minded people. Terrifying enemies or bullies with your anger. Standing up to someone. Forcing other people to respect you with fear. Strong leadership.
Negatively, a lion may reflect a fear of people who you are allowing to control you. Angry intimidating people in your life. A fear of bullies. Fearing upsetting someone powerful. A persistent feeling of trying very hard not to upset someone. Fearing employers, doctors, dentists, police, or other people with professional authority that you don't want to embarrass yourself with. A fear of legal consequences. Fearing not complying with high standards that are expected of you. Alternatively, it may reflect your abuse or exploitation of power to control others. Losing your temper with people you care about. A really bad temper. An overreaction or embarrassing power trip.
To dream of a female lioness may represent controlling females or feelings of being dominated by women. A fear of angering a powerful women.
Example: A woman dreamed of having a pet lion. In waking life she was cheating on her husband with a very aggressive man whom she felt she had to look after.
Example 2: A man dreamed of female lions running around a store he regularly shopped at. In waking life when he shopped at the store he was very insecure about what the store owners thought about him. He felt socially controlled.
Example 3: A man dreamed of trying to avoid lions. In waking life he was successfully treating a serious health problem with a natural vitamin supplement and he feared that when he spoke to his medical doctors that they would force him to stop taking it.
Example 4: A young man dreamed of fearing lions. In waking life he was very insecure about attending a really strict school with high standards.
Example 5: A man dreamed of a lion he was trying to avoid. In waking life he regretted yelling at his son and was having problems apologizing for it.