Animal Symbolism—Mountain Lion

Animal Symbolism—Mountain Lion

Here kitty, kitty. Big kitty. Nice kitty. Well, sometimes he’s nice, but at other times this kitty can roar. Mountain Lion is a symbol for leadership and is not an easy totem animal to have. I should know. It is one of mine. He sits on my right side and reminds me about the true nature of leadership. I also believe that Mountain Lion is a symbol for the right use of power.

This cat can put you in the unenviable place of being a target for the issues of others, and you could become the perfect reason for their troubles and lack of self-confidence. Mountain Lion will give you tests in the use and abuse of power if you are in a position of leadership or have influence over others. The best way to handle these tests is to create a balance of power by using clear intention coupled with right action.

Mountain Lion could also be telling you to believe in yourself, dream or purpose and let your heart lead the way. Being a leader sometimes means that there will be followers, which may involve more tests in leadership. You could also be seen as a Queen or King and never be allowed to make mistakes or show a weakness of any kind. Sounds like fun, right? There are many benefits to having this power totem but you need to stand in your Truth because you will never be able to please everyone. If you did, then you would be unhappy, and that’s not a win-win scenario.

So what is Power really? And how do you have the right relationship with it? I’m not talking about the Patriarchal-Dominion-Over-Others and Ego glorifying type of deal either. I mean honest to goodness Personal Power. My father taught me much about Power and became my biggest teacher, especially concerning the abuse part of it. I had major lessons to learn about self-worth and self-esteem, and for the most part have succeeded in understanding what it means to truly love oneself.

Throughout my life I’ve been attacked, or gotten into power struggles with others too many times to count, but these tough lessons have taught me much about Power. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. This has become my new anthem. The vulnerable and young sapling that I was has grown into a large oak tree that is strong and proud of whom she has become. I stand in my Truth, unafraid of being the real me. The arrows that others sling have little effect on such a thick trunk. They just bounce right off.

Authentic Power is fearlessness. It is also about being aligned with your True Self, Spirit, or Soul, if you will, and letting that LEAD you, not your Ego. Otherwise you’re on an Ego Power Trip to the land of trouble, and Mountain Lion will be waiting to pounce when you go around the next bend.


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  • Dinah Mere'Sonia Alexandra Sewell
    Posted at 18:27h, 24 May Reply

    I saw a “small domestic feline sized” mountain lion (cougar) climbing down my wall, attacked it, bit and clamped onto my right hand fought it and I felt a sense of paralysis followed by fear and terror before fully waking up again. My high school mascot is the Panther as a sidenote of relevant significance.

    02:59 am 5-23-24

  • Kate Dillon
    Posted at 19:37h, 31 December Reply

    Happy New Year from Australia everyone. Before I woke this morning I dreamt that a mountain lion was calmly roaming around my home, I was a bit concerned because my German Shepard was also there and he is very protective of me, so I was concerned there would be a fight between them, though I was not at all scared of the mountain lion myself. I can’t recall all the details, but towards the end of the dream, the Mountain lion jumped up onto my bed and lay next to me, snuggled it’s head and let me pat and hug it back, it rolled onto it’s back and I saw it’s testicles confirming that it was male. My German Shepard lay contently on the floor next to my bed. As I watched the lion throughout the whole dream I felt the energy very clearly of it’s inner power, calm and majesty.

  • Nava Renaud
    Posted at 09:30h, 09 September Reply

    I dreamt I was in a living room and a giant mountain lion was blocking the front door. I knew it was a female mountain lion. She was so huge that her head was taller than the door. She was trapped in the house with me. I was terrified but I had to carefully reach past her to open the door. She was aware of my presence and I was trying hard to remain calm and not give her a reason to attack. Once I carefully slid past her to unlatch the door and push it open a crack, she ran out like a flash, pushing it open the rest of the way herself.

    I would love to discover the meaning behind this dream!

    • Shelley Shayner
      Posted at 12:38h, 19 September Reply

      Hi Nava. A dream like this would take time to unravel. If you would like to explore this further in a private session with me, I offer dream consulting. Please message me if you are interested. Thank you.

  • Jennifer Rubio
    Posted at 10:09h, 24 July Reply

    Hello! I’ve had several dreams lately about a stalking cougar. In one dream, it came inside my house through the dining room window and was walking along the wall in the shadow, ears pressed to its head and growling deeply and stalking me. I felt very afraid, however I succeeded in calming it with my voice and offering it my hand to smell. It reluctantly walked over to sniff and I gave it a stroke on the head and let it outside. My second dream, it appeared again but not stalking. It was wild but showed me respect and it allowed me to stroke its head once more before running off into the woods…like it was checking on me before hunting for the night. This cougar has made appearances for an entire week. My question is toward the “taming” of the cougar before attacking me….

    • Shelley Shayner
      Posted at 10:01h, 12 August Reply

      You are comfortable with power or recognizing and/or taking more of a leadership role in your life. Taming indicates some level of mastery and integration. Using your voice suggests that words have the power to calm you. Suggest using affirmations when you are fearful.

    Posted at 14:49h, 29 June Reply

    Last night I had a dream that I awoke in a very large bed in all white sheets. There was a mountain lion or a cougar in the bed next to me and I spoke to it and then it came over and started cuddling with me. All of a sudden the house started shaking and it looked at me with such fear in its eyes and I held its head and I said “it’s going to be okay baby it’s going to be okay,” and then I woke up. Do you know what this means? Any ideas thank you.

    • Shelley Shayner
      Posted at 11:02h, 30 June Reply

      As with any dream, I would have to know what is going on in your life to pinpoint the exact meaning, since the subconscious reveals images and symbols when there is a lot of emotion or stress in your life, or some kind of fear, worry etc. That said, I feel this is a message from your Higher Self, telling you that you will be okay. The fear in the Mountain Lion’s eyes is your fear. Your life is being shaken up. Since M.L. represents power and leadership, this is also telling me that you are experiencing growth in this area. I am of the opinion that the purpose of life in the Universe, especially here on earth is about learning and growing.

  • Kevin
    Posted at 14:15h, 25 February Reply

    I had a dream that a mountain lion was trying to get into my home by standing next to a kitten of mine wanting to come in. He was looking at me and I got the feeling he was hoping I would let him in when I let the kitten in. Almost a sad help me out look from him.

    • Shelley Shayner
      Posted at 10:46h, 01 March Reply

      Do you have a decision to make about something? That was the first thing that came to me. Two of anything can represent a choice. Is there something in your life that needs help? Do you feel powerless in some area … or saddened … or a feeling of being left out, or possibly hoping to be let in? Or, perhaps, you are feeling more powerful, or thinking about making a change that would be beneficial, but would require taking a leadership position of some kind? FEELINGS are the biggest dream clues. These are just some of the questions that you can start asking to find an answer to the meaning of your dream. Good luck!

  • Leilani Salgado
    Posted at 13:20h, 19 June Reply

    Does this apply to people who dreamt of a mountain lion?

  • Shelley Shayner
    Posted at 03:57h, 23 December Reply

    There is a lot of imagery with your dream and it would take awhile to figure it out. I offer dream interpretaions if you’re interested.

  • Anna
    Posted at 08:39h, 08 June Reply

    Ummm…if I’ve just had a horrible mountain lion dream…there’s no me to have e one thrown right in my face. The image is way too aggressive for people trying to get back to sleep, especially with that as a mental image. The psyche can only defend so much at a time during a difficult time like fighting through nightmares at 2am. Let alone fight off an image of a dangerous cat this up closest and personal. Just saying.

  • Karin Schliesske
    Posted at 23:24h, 15 January Reply

    I had an unusual dream…it started with my seeing a Moose in a swamp across the road from me. I grabbed my camera to take a photo, as I looked through the lens the Moose was coming at me, I dropped the camera and as I did that the Moose had transformed into a Mountain Lion which whizzed past my head. There was a sign to my left and as I looked around the sign I looked into the eyes of the Mountain Lion. I have been trying to guess why the Moose morphed…could you shed some light…

    • Shelley Shayner
      Posted at 18:19h, 22 January Reply

      Hi Karin, any kind of ‘morphing’ would suggest a transformation of some kind. The camera is telling because its asking you to take a closer look at something. The ‘sign’ on your ‘left’ suggests to me that your intuition or soul is trying to get your attention … see the sign of looking into the eyes of the mountain lion. Eyes are the window to the soul.

  • Richard Caudillo
    Posted at 17:19h, 28 March Reply

    I had a dream last night that I was at my cousin’s house (wasn’t really her house) and we were hanging out with a few other people. At one point in the dream a Mountain Lion gets into the house and is chasing me. I find myself running throughout and the house and yard in order to get away from, what ended up being two mountain lions. As I am running my pet dog is chasing them to try to save me. He eventually scares them away and he survives with just a cut lip. Any help with this dream?

    • Shelley Shayner
      Posted at 02:31h, 11 May Reply

      I’d say that since you were running away, this could be an anxiety dream and there could be two issues that you are or were dealing with. Perhaps a loyal friend (dog) will help you with this.

  • Heather
    Posted at 01:49h, 07 January Reply

    Thank you for this. I had a dream about an angry Mt lion. I just took a leadership role last March, and have been on an uphill, battle with my supervisor. He is “old school” and is more of dictator than a supervisor. He likes to mentally abuse me into his way of overseeing my department. I am not a tyrant, I would rather lift my team up to make them better, than to pound them into the ground with their faults. Thank you mt lion, to remind me to be true to myself

    • Shelley Shayner
      Posted at 05:34h, 23 January Reply

      You’re welcome!

  • Forseth Becky
    Posted at 03:42h, 14 December Reply

    I had a dream… I saw, a big cougar drom afar! Wasnt to far at the same time. It starred to run I instantly thought of my mom. It was going after my mom I started to run after it. Than my dream switched and was in a random house. Was very odd. Do you know what this means?

  • Christina
    Posted at 16:35h, 03 May Reply

    I read through many dreams here. So many are VERY similar to mine. Mountain lions trying to get in houses, glass doors, trying to keep them out. Mothers present, feeling the need to keep them out, failing to keep them out. Embracing the lions. This can’t be coincidence. I found the meaning in mine. I hope you all do too.

  • Mina
    Posted at 21:32h, 01 May Reply

    I had a dream of a mountain lion chasing my mom outside our house, I told her to stop that he wasn’t going to hurt her, she did and the mountain lion started purring and laid his head down in her lap

  • Jessica Camacho
    Posted at 05:34h, 20 April Reply

    I dreamt I was out in nature on a dirt road at night time, I was by myself in a car, the mountain lion (couger) was in front of my car staring at me, I felt fear, I panicked and floored the car trying to run it over but it jumped smooth over my car. What do you think?

  • Jayni
    Posted at 21:05h, 29 January Reply

    It wasn’t a dream, it was probably just all in my head, me trying to excuse myself for being frightened instead of brave, but I was on a forest trail in a sanctuary with my boyfriend, and we were heating rustling in the bushes. My boyfriend stopped a second and stated into the brush, and when I looked where he had looked, I could have sworn I saw a cougar’s face. He brushed it off and as I walked by I realized, I mean I think it was just some leaves. But we kept hearing the rustling and out of nowhere my anxiety went ahead and shot through the roof. We turned around and I went to look at the leaves that had looked like a cougar face, I swear they were gone. My boyfriend is convinced it was my imagination, but it still gets my heart racing to even think about. I know sometimes a spirit animal will scare the he’ll out of you as part of its message to you, and I can’t help but wonder if that’s what was going on. If I’m afraid of something I shouldn’t be, or if I’m being warned about going down the wrong path. It was probably just my overactive imagination, but… maybe someone has some experience in being terrified of a spirit guide?

  • momof7
    Posted at 07:06h, 28 January Reply

    I dreamed I was helping out a boy who was giving a presentation or was part of a play. He was using his rather large and peculiar looking house cat in the play. He had it in a large but low sided cage. The cage was made of metal and was tightly woven. When I came to the place where the cat was waiting, I noticed the cage was on a large flat rolling cart. There were 2 large dogs snoozing on the side of the cart. I sat down by the cage to wait and moments later a huge mountain lion came in and right up to me and sniffed my head. The enormity of the animal was awe-inspiring as well as quite fearsome. It then noticed the cat in the cage and after sniffing at it, tried to get at it. The house cat acted bored with what was happening, ignoring the larger animal. When notice came that I was to bring the house cat, I laid by the cage and rolled the cat in a jacket and was getting up when the lion dashed in and wrapped its huge jaws around the cats head inside the coat. I felt its head against my torso and jaws against my hands. It was breathing hard and desperately as it closed on the cat. I screamed, knowing it may be the last thing I did, but not wanting to let it have the boys cat-even tho I knew I could die-and not wanting to for the life of the cat… The dogs jumped up and ran over. I was staring the lion in the eyes with anger & determination. Someone behind me said not to stare it down, but to look away. THAT was hard to do! I also instantly knew that the lion was declawed and its teeth had been filed and the dogs were there to keep it from hurting anyone or thing, but I also had felt its power and…need to eat the house cat… I was angry but terrified and then angry all over again. I don’t like pets & am not a huge fan of animals of any sort, really, so Im not sure what this represents. Seeing and feeling the hugeness and power in the lion and its paws was… wow. Knowing I could never make it against that animal, but still wanting to stand up to it… a very strange feeling as I am fairly quiet and laid back. Easy-going unless pushed. Then- watch out! lol Im a mother of 7 and I have 10 grandchildren- so far.

  • Alan Lynch
    Posted at 18:19h, 19 December Reply

    I was walking along a dirt road. A mountain lion was coming close and biting me, then then walking away, then returning for another attack. I wasn’t sure when the attack would be serious. I soon was welcomed into a house for safety, and the people there treated my wounds.

  • Alain
    Posted at 10:49h, 03 October Reply

    Last night i had a dream that i was walking a mountain lion on a leash in my neigbourhood, the lion was playful and showed a lot of love for me, but i didn’t feel anything.. Don’t know what this means but hope someone else does..

    • Shelley Shayner
      Posted at 22:05h, 28 October Reply

      I believe that this may be a totem animal of yours. It could also mean that you have made friends with your instinctual urges/animal desires etc., that you have them under control (leash). Also, you are comfortable with your own power.

  • Lauren Niekamp
    Posted at 02:40h, 28 July Reply

    I had a dream I was in a strange house with my husband along with alot of other people we didn’t know. My husband was instructed by a man to walk me upstairs to “my room” to keep me safe and gaurded. I felt almost like I was being held against my will. In the room there was a Mountain Lion. My husband and I were scared but we knew the mountain lion was there to protect and watch over me. It hissed and snarled at us and scratched my husbands leg a little but we held our ground. It gave my husband the warning to leave the room so he did and I was alone with it. As soon as he left the mountain lion became calm and kept watch over me. I wanted to leave the room to be free so when the lion was distracted I escaped and then I woke up.

    Any idea what this means?

  • Dominique
    Posted at 13:17h, 15 May Reply

    I’m my dream, a dog i had as a child was there, I could feel how much I missed him. My mother was also there. Then a pack of lions and mountain lions came, I shouted to my mother to run which she did. I screamed for my dog to come over and over, he just cried and I watch them kill him….I’m still shaken up

  • Betty Wolf
    Posted at 17:25h, 04 October Reply

    I had a dream I walking along a road in the mountains with my husband and his business partner. We were at the bottom of an incline when I turned around and a large animal headed our way. I thought it was a brown bear at first, and as it charged closer it morphed into into mountain lion. It stopped short of our group to inspect us. I asked my husband what to do to scare away a mountain lion, he told me he didn’t know. I had an exchange of energies with the mountain lion to attempt to prevent it from attacking. I would bow to show we meant no harm, the mountain lion would ease for a second, then regain an aggressive stance. I would raise a large sharp stick and bare my teeth to show we wouldn’t be an easy target, to which the mountain lion would consider something, then regain her aggressive stance. After a few exchanges she came forth towards us, I went to jab her in the chest with the stick, and both of us paused. She came at us again, I whacked her on top of the head a few times until she was laying down. We then had a telepathic conversation. She wanted to know what it was to attack and be attacked. About human nature’s aggression. She said she was trying to understand the actions of her mate attacking humans. I told her his actions of exterminating humans were evil. We gained an understanding of each other, and I woke up.

  • tam
    Posted at 10:30h, 08 July Reply

    I had a dream that I was sitting in a area and there was, a, mountain lion just sitting there…then it became aggressive. I started screaming for people I know but no one came. Then out of nowhere a cat appeared and the lion started attacking it which allowed me to be able to run into like a shack. after running into the shack the mountain lion started to attack the door of the shack he attacked one door but wasn’t able to get in so we came back to the door that I was at and pushed it and I open the door and kick the mountain lion in the face then it ran away. I have never had a dream about a mountain lion what in the world does my dream mean am I in danger am I not listening to my subconscious self what’s going on

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 18:51h, 08 July Reply

      This could be a dream about hidden aggression.

  • Ghost well
    Posted at 06:34h, 30 June Reply

    In this dream, I am a mountain lion. A brown grizzly bear is chasing me, but I am not running very fast, I do not fear him. I get to a paved road and walk across. I look back and see that the bear will not cross, so I turn around and swat him 5-6 times back and forth across his face and snout with my claws. He turns and flees back into the tall grass. I turn and leap across the paved road. I walk down my path and sense behind me. I look and see wolves, both timber and black, zig zagging across my path. Two are black and one is the timber.They are not attacking, and I do not fear them. They are just there. I am a mountain lion full grown. The grizzly was as well, also the wolves. Than I wake. What can this mean?

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 15:45h, 06 July Reply

      Hi Ghost well, my first impression/feeling is that this is a dream of mastery of something within yourself. To me, bears represent healing and going within the cave of the mind, where the pineal gland sits in the center of our brain. The pineal gland has cones and rods, just like our eyes, hence the visions some people have. The pineal gland is our internal satellite dish to Source Energy/Creator, so bear is very powerful medicine indeed. You mention roadways and paths, which is your journey in life. Wolves are the pathfinders as well as teachers. YOU DO NOT FEAR THEM or the bear, which is why I believe you have attained mastery of something in your life and why you are the Mountain Lion, which is POWER. These animals may be your power animals that have helped you along the way.

      p.s. I want to add that the bear and wolf are asking you to go deeper within yourself and not to fear it. Greater healing can be had, which will free up more creative energy, which is more power.

    • schweineloeffel
      Posted at 00:53h, 01 January Reply

      Wow that’s an interesting dream! I actually had a similar dream some years ago. I’m in the mountains where my mother took me hiking as a child and teenager. I’m just walking along slowly when an old school friend comes up behind me and shapeshifts into a big beautiful black wolf. She starts chasing me and I shapeshift into an adult mountain lion and run. I run through the mountains at first over the ground then I leap into the trees and jump from tree to tree. Now and then as I’m running I jump back down to the ground and run over the forest floor and even leap onto boulders. It feels thrilling and like I’m purposely going down to the ground so she can almost catch me. The dream ends with me waking up as the chase goes on endlessly. I feel no fear during this dream. Only power and exhilaration. It feels completely natural to be this dangerous powerful creature. Which is ironic because I hate confrontation and I’m not someone anybody would think is powerful at the moment.

  • Monica
    Posted at 10:40h, 21 June Reply

    I had a dream that there was a mountain lion in my house (although it wasn’t what my house really looks like) and I closed the door to my bedroom, then went in my closet and closed the door. I was trying to call 911 and no one would answer. My children (ages 13, 9, and 3 months) were all asleep and I was conflicted because I didn’t know if I should leave the closet and face the lion to try and protect them, or if the lion’s interest in trying to get to me was keeping them more safe. Then my two older children opened the door to my room and they were trying to tell me that two puppies were in the house and I was panicked, trying to explain that they were mountain lions and that they were dangerous and deadly. I was trying to get the lions attention again and instructed my children to back out of the room and close the door behind them and then I woke up. Any thoughts?

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 15:50h, 06 July Reply

      Hi Monica, this is an anxiety dream. Is there something or someone threatening you lately, or something you fear that you need to face?

  • rose
    Posted at 12:53h, 15 June Reply

    I just woke up from a dream which hasn’t happened in awhile where I found my self in a large house or apartments and others very early in morning still dark with a warning there were lurking mountain lions or leopards outside so we would run outside from one area to another almost testing to see it and fearing what might happened seeing some jump into their cars to go to work and others just hiding inside…I am currently thinking about moving to Florida do u think it related to this and if so what it may mean.

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 22:07h, 16 June Reply

      Hi Rose. Yes, I do feel the dream could be about your possible move to Florida, especially if its the most important thing on your mind of late. This appears to be an anxiety type of dream where fears are “lurking” around in your own subconscious. Do you have concerns about finding employment in Florida?

  • Milan
    Posted at 01:35h, 12 June Reply

    Hello Shelley. That’s a good observation up there.Very educative.
    I dreamed where I was surrounded by wild animals, like..I was chatting and all that, and than all of a sudden the mountain lion arrived to the company.We were both very happy and surprised to see each other.I was feeling like I saw an very old and very dear friend of mine that I haven’t seen him in a long long time. The mountain lion came by my hand and I gave him a hug. That’s the dream.
    Could you explain what part of me was the ‘mountain lion’ and what had I embraced in my dream.

    All the best, Milan.

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 21:56h, 16 June Reply

      Thank you Milan! Animals in our dreams represent our instinctive nature, what is wild and free about us. Perhaps this dream was about your return to that state of being? Mountain Lions are about power and authority. I feel you are embracing that part of yourself.

  • Maggie
    Posted at 18:02h, 22 March Reply

    Helpful. Thank you. Best friend and I visited by mountain lion while visiting childhood friend/my first love’s grave yesterday for first time since his death. This friend is a deceased law enforcement officer murdered in line of duty. I’ve always had premonitions and intuitions and my Cherokee mother did, too. I knew the moment my friend died, though 600 miles away and not confirmed for five hours. Feel he sent us this lion yesterday to convey a powerful message.

  • Pennypackmo
    Posted at 17:14h, 13 February Reply

    Thank you for this page/site… it is quite wonderful to read your information and the conversations on other peoples experiences.

    I recently had a dream that I was walking on a hiking trail with a male acquaintance [unknown in real life] with my small dog. Up ahead of us on the trail there was a commotion and a huge Elk came bounding out of the woods with an ENORMOUS Mountain Lion lunging after it… Its seems like the Elk escaped because the next thing I knew is the Mountain Lion spotted us and changed focus towards us. As soon as it started in our direction… the man I was with started issuing “commands”… to not make eye contact… to make myself small and NOT to run… just slowly walk up a side path away. In turn started worrying about my dog… I tucked her into my shirt and held on tight. I just remember the horrifying feeling of not know if the Mountain Lion was coming for us or not because I basically had my side/back to her… I knew the man was blocking me with his body as I was blocking my dog with my body… I just felt this sort of oscillating between feeling like we were safe because we knew “what to do” and feeling fear based on the fact that I was looking away, knowing we were completely vulnerable to an attack. I woke up after this… my heart pounding…

    Any thoughts?

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 16:25h, 24 February Reply

      Hi Penny, thank you for the compliments on my site! In short, I will say that your dream could be about ‘power’ and ‘self worth’ and finding your direction in life. Your dream has many components to it and would take me a good length of time to analyze it thoroughly. If you would like learn more, you can always book a reading with me. Sessions last one hour on Skype and I am giving a special price for readings this March.


  • Christina
    Posted at 05:04h, 02 February Reply

    I dreamed there were moutain lions everywhere and attacking people. I was seeing them from inside a house ripping someone apart. We tried to shut them out but they were still trying to come
    In, a baby lion got in and then we seen the big mountain lion getting through even tho we had things blocking the door. What does this mean? I woke up scared from this dream felt real

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 16:14h, 24 February Reply

      Hi Christina. Where do you feel threatened? And by whom? What are you trying to shut out?

  • Jay
    Posted at 17:57h, 15 January Reply

    I had a dream that a mountain lion was stalking me and two of my younger sisters. There was a giant flat rock and a tree with a rope ladder next to it and I told my sisters to climb it, but my youngest sister refused. So i climbed the ladder along with my other sister and sat on a tree branch looking down below. Somehow there was an office filing drawer on the ground below the tree and my youngest sister ran and hid herself in one of the drawers. The dream didn’t end there but it is the only part that I remember. Can you help me figure out what this means, if it means anything at all? Thank you

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 16:12h, 24 February Reply

      Hi Jay. Interesting that you use the word ‘stalking.’ The Native Americans refer to this term often, usually in the form of stalking one’s shadow, or higher knowledge of some sort. To me, it’s a clue that this dream has a deeper, more esoteric meaning, and it does. The symbol of climbing the ladder (re: Jacob’s Ladder) may suggest that you have achieved something or have developed a higher level of awareness. The Mountain Lion in this case could be a totem for you, helping you to gain more power and mastery of yourself by using your instincts. Your younger sister doesn’t share the same openness towards life as you and prefers more traditional viewpoints and opinions. She hides in the filing cabinet, which suggests she is not ready for the same goals/information/knowledge that you and your other sister are engaging in.

  • Peter Wang
    Posted at 00:33h, 06 December Reply

    I had a very vivid dream that I was taking a stroll in my backyard. I proceeded to dig a hole in the grass and drop a seed in. Suddenly, the seed began to sprout in front of me and it turned into an enormous tree with vines and a face. Had a cute Kool-Aid guy face. So I started petting the tree but it expressed anger and discontent, so I stopped.

    I continued my stroll through my backyard beyond the fence where there were slopes and hills. As I was walking, I could see wolves hiding in the tree snarling at me, however I was not scared and threw stones at them.

    Suddenly, I see a mountain lion. It started to come after me. Scared and panicked, I made a run back into my house behind a glass door. The mountain lion tried to get at me, but couldn’t so retreated beyond the fence. My parents decided to help me and threw me a spear. I knew what I had to do. I got out of the glass door and proceeded to the fence where I saw the mountain lion. He saw me, and charged towards then fence. I struck the mountain lion right above it’s left front leg and below its head in the chest. It then rolled back and fell into my neighbor’s backyard. As soon as I killed it, I felt deep remorse, like my life force was sucked out of me. Then it shape-shifted into a naked woman with her wound still there, dead. Her eyes staring at me, suddenly she then saluted me. Then I woke up, quite confused.

    Any idea what this may mean? Both the seed-to-tree and lion-to-woman’s death.

    P.S Have been meditating for couple of months now, experiencing intense tingles, aches, and throbbing in the crown and brow chakra. I’ve also been having many lucid dreams of flight since my practice.

    Your insight would be appreciated, namaste!

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 21:33h, 11 December Reply

      Hi Peter, all symbolic messages are very personal and take time and effort to unravel their true meaning. You can ask your Higher Self for an answer through meditation or dreams. But If you’d like to receive a more in depth answer from me, please set up an appointment for a reading/consultation.
      Thank you.

      • Linda Black
        Posted at 07:16h, 17 December Reply

        I’ve been having a recurring mini dream where I am watching a mountain lion running towards me. I instinctively stand my ground and don’t turn my back on her (not sure how I know it’s a female). But we stare one another down until she gets behind me and then sinks her teeth into me. Every time I close my eyes, I see her running towards me. There are times when I am able to run into a door before she gets close but then I watch her crush my dogs skull. Help!!!!

        • Shelley Szajner
          Posted at 19:10h, 14 January Reply

          Hi Linda,
          This dream may be about some kind of fear and/or person (female) that is connected to issues with power. This is a shadow aspect of yourself showing up. Dogs represent trusted friends. Has trust been broken in your life? These are just a few of my thoughts.

  • Chad
    Posted at 06:50h, 29 November Reply

    Hi Shelley!

    I had a dream just a few nights ago that I was on a farm, where I lived, and when I was outside walking into the house I saw two mountain lions approaching – or stalking me. In the dream, I felt no way i could run and make it to the house, but I ran anyway and did make it. The next thing I know I am running to different doors in the house to prevent the two mountain lions from getting to me and my mother in the house. At first, I prevented them from getting in with all the doors shut, but they were persistent. And I can recall yelling at my mother not to go near the doors as there were mountain lions trying to get in. At that moment, I pushed her aside from one of the doors and one of the mountain lion’s forced it’s way through the door that my mother had partially opened and couldn’t get shut in time. The lion attacked me, knocked me to the ground and lay on top of me. I held it at bay by gripping it’s face with my hands, sinking my fingers into it’s face right below its eyes. It was a strange feeling that I did not want to hurt the animal, but I had to protect myself. I avoided any harm, but then there was a gap in the dream, as the next thing I know my father is home and I’m telling him about the two mountain lions from earlier. The animals are now back outside stalking around the house, but my dad has his gun now and at one point shot towards one of them just to scare it back. At this point, the suspense and effectively the dream ended. I have no idea what this dream means for me. I have been trying to read different dream analysis interpretations and am just not 100% sure what this dream means for my current life.

    Just within the last two weeks, I had dreams of being chased/attacked by a poisonous snake. I was eventually bitten, but survived the attack and in some of the dreams went on to kill the snake. I am quite familiar with what these particular dreams mean to me, which is why the mountain lion dream confuses me. I’ve never had this type of dream with a large cat attacking me.

    Any thoughts?


    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 21:34h, 11 December Reply

      Hi Chad, all symbolic messages are very personal and take time and effort to unravel their true meaning. You can ask your Higher Self for an answer through meditation or dreams. But If you’d like to receive a more in depth answer from me, please set up an appointment for a reading/consultation.
      Thank you.

  • Dan
    Posted at 14:25h, 24 November Reply

    I had a dream that I was friends with a mountain lion, it was not a pet,i played with it,ran and rolled on the floor with it.I was happy and amazed that it would not hurt would lay it paw on me and I would pet it!

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 14:13h, 25 November Reply

      Cool dream Dan!

  • Kim
    Posted at 03:11h, 11 November Reply

    I recently had a dream that I was walking up to my parent’s house (I may have lived there in the dream) and saw a female lion in the backyard. I told others and asked if they saw any mtn lions; nobody had. Again, I walk up to the house, this time with her closer and I had to figure out a way to get in. I eventually get in the front door, but run through the house to close and lock the back door. We get to the door at the same time and we struggle for a moment for control of the door. I get it closed; the mtn lion stays outside.
    I’d love to hear ideas on the meaning of this dream. Thank you, Kim

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 22:48h, 21 November Reply

      Hi Kim. I’m drawn to the doors in your dream: one door opening and another one closing type of theme. Perhaps lion symbolizes leadership skills or power within yourself that others don’t see but you see now? Females of all kinds (I’m including Mt. Lion), are always about your shadow, stuff you hide or repress/deny but also your talents and power. You are struggling for control of something, whatever that door represents to you.

  • Jeanie
    Posted at 22:24h, 31 October Reply

    I had a dream that there was a mountain lion in my house. He was not threatening at all. But, I was afraid for my two cats. I knew I had to quietly walk around the house so as to not disturb the lion. I could not figure out how the lion got into the house. The dream ended calmly and nothing bad happened.

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 22:52h, 21 November Reply

      Thank you for sharing your dream, Jeanie!

  • Swarm Mob
    Posted at 20:39h, 10 October Reply

    so I have a very strong lion presence I think I need to share.. A few years back I woke up not remembering my dream but having a strong sense of a grey mountain lion in me,, he has been with me in a strong way every day since… I have always been involved in very real situations, everything from senseless and called for violence, major family responsibilities, physical protection, unneeded hard ships and I’ve been called on to walk with and guid people during there last days… My most recent mission was with my grandfather,, bless him,, he was diagnosed with cancer about six months ago and after a hard battle passed away two weeks ago.. I moved up to his house to take care of him both physically and mentally a few months back on there request and was right there with him when he passed… My last words to him were ‘life is not a race, there is no finish line. You can stop where you need. You have done the work of five my friend, your fight is over. You won in my book. I’ll be your eyes and feet here, you be my eyes and ears there. I Iove you.’ Then I held my grandmother and tryed to assure her he was on a bigger mission now and she would be ok. I’m still up at the house during the grieving process.. The night before my grandfather passed both me and my grandmother had a dream of lions, mine was big and grey/silver hers was big and gold, neither of the dreams were threatening but more comforting. Then the night before last I had another dream, same lion were I was looking for him and he was looking for me. Then last night I woke up out of the blew at about 2am and stepped outside, I live up in the mountains so it’s pitch dark. I stepped around the corner of my house and something big shoot down the hill, I must have been 4 feet from it.. For the next ten minutes I stood there and listened to a big mountain lion chase a herd of deer within 50 feet of me, crashing louder than I have heard any animal move through the bush… I feel like this lion I literally half my soul.. I’m about to head in to the woods to try n find it, I know I’ve camped in its den site before and it watched me but this time he came to me.. Is it possible to have a physical connection to a real totem animal?? What does the different colors mean? Whatsoever your take on this? Thank you. Wish me luck.

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 21:37h, 11 December Reply

      Hi, yes it is possible to have a physical connection to a real totem animal. All symbolic messages are very personal and take time and effort to unravel their true meaning. You can ask your Higher Self for an answer through meditation or dreams. But If you’d like to receive a more in depth answer from me, please set up an appointment for a reading/consultation.
      Thank you.

  • Jackie DeMoor
    Posted at 15:58h, 01 October Reply

    I’ve had this dream a few times recently and would like to know your take on it….I am in a house, someone is with me though I can’t say who it is. Every door I open, every room I try to enter or exit there are mountain lions — more than one. When I try to go outside they are there also. They seem to be trying to get to me. They don’t seem angry or vicious but intimidating for sure. I feel I can’t get away.

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 20:27h, 06 October Reply

      Hi Jackie, to interpret your dream correctly, I would need to sit down with you and discuss the dream and other aspects of your life to get to the essence or meaning of the dream. But I will take a stab at it. The sentence that stands out for me the most is I FEEL I CAN’T GET AWAY. What part of your life do you feel hemmed in? I feel you are looking for a way out (doors) but are being blocked by the Mountain Lion. The big cat could represent your fear of your own power, or that of another or something else. Animals also represent your wild nature and instincts. No matter where you go, there you are is what I’m hearing. Anyway, that’s what I got.


  • L_Untamed
    Posted at 19:47h, 03 September Reply

    I’m curious of your take on a dream I had recently. I was in the woods on the outskirts of a field, and a female mountain lion with half of her tail missing came up to me and sat on my left. We were old friends, she loved me and I loved her. I felt very safe. We sat in peace until a troop of men and dogs came through the woods. The dogs surrounded us – all different breeds – but a wolf (also a totem for me) singled out my lion friend. I urged her to run away, and she left with the wolf following. I was very worried about her, and subsequently became almost invisible and was able to sneak away to follow them. They disappeared and then I heard them meet a deer (another totem for me) Each animal called out and then there was only silence surrounding me in the woods.

    I would really appreciate your wisdom

    love and light – L

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 21:57h, 04 September Reply

      Hi there L,
      The sentence, ‘dogs surrounded me’ seemed to grab me … what is surrounding you in your life? do you feel trapped in some way? I’d say that since you know what your totems are (bravo!) that these animals came to you to let you know you have support. I found it very interesting that each animal called out to you … is there something you need to hear? Are you listening to your own inner wisdom?

      Hope this helps!

  • Vickie
    Posted at 18:15h, 22 August Reply

    Thank you. I don’t know anything about dreams or totems and such. Mine involved going to my grandmother’s house, which I’ve been trying to prep for sale after tenants trashed it. My mom finds it emotionally difficult to be there, they remodeled the place before but had to rent it when the market tanked. I work full time & another 30-40 hrs a week on my parents home & property & have been really struggling to get everything done at my grandmother’s. The dream was off in that as I walked behind the rural home, as I have dozens of times into the back yard, this mountain lion stood from where it slept near the house & I froze in my tracks, scared still. It walked slowly, almost sauntered up to me, circled me, rubbing up against me. After what seemed like minutes I took a couple of steps & it followed me, just watching. When I stopped to look back it was still there & stood on it’s hind legs & kind of embraced me. I was scared it was going to attack, but it didn’t. It was heavy and tall & I thought I would fall beneath it’s weight but it just stood there, still, no sound, no claws or teeth, just huge paws over my shoulders and bony elbows on them & I swear when I awoke I could still smell it. Trippy.

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 21:53h, 04 September Reply

      That was a trippy dream Vickie! Thank you for sharing. What do you think the message was in this dream?

    • Christina
      Posted at 16:18h, 03 May Reply

      Vickie, I had a dream very similar to this. My mother and I were at our old home, in the stage between when we lived there and being land developed. Mountain lion in the backyard, we went into the home where I tried to keep it out, not out of fear, but rather because I should be afraid of it. I petted it through the glass slider that wouldn’t lock. I felt the realization that this cat was not something to be afraid of but something to embrace and love. The cat ended up with me in the house, while we embraced and cuddled in a chair. I love my mountain lion. It is a part of my soul. I now feel confident, complete, serene, contentment. This is the second dream of a mountain lion in my house. First time I was angry at my mother for letting it in our home where it took my normal cat away out of the house. Now I want my mountain lion with me all the time.

  • Laura
    Posted at 08:39h, 09 July Reply

    I had a dream, more like sleep paralysis just as I was falling off to sleep, that I was driving my car going on a bridge and saw a mountain lion ( orange color) in the road to my right. It jumped into the passenger window and laid by my side. I could actually feel the weight right next to me. I know I felt afraid not sure if /when it would attack me. I have hypnogogic hallucinations, frequently, and this was just like that. Very real. I am an artist as well, trying to find my way. Any suggestions?

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 20:03h, 24 July Reply

      Hi Laura,
      I apologize for not responding sooner! I’ve not been on my blog in awhile. Sounds like you had a very symbolic hypnogogic episode! I haven’t had one of those in awhile but love it when I do. My interpretation of your ‘dream’ is this: Cars represent your power to get to places and power in general and bridges are often a symbol of inner work. When you cross the bridge a lot of inner work has been done. The orange color is certainly a big clue pointing towards your sacral chakra, which is orange and represents emotions and creativity among other things. It seems this animal could be a new totem for you in this part of your journey to help you in some way, probably with regards to issues/power correlating to your sacral chakra. It could also mean a new level of creative power, which would be awesome since you’re an artist! If you have any more questions about this, send me another message. I’ll make sure to check back in a few days 🙂


    • Tommy
      Posted at 21:54h, 18 July Reply

      I think your dream is probably about going down the bridge of your career, or goals, and this mountain lion that gets in the car, and you feeling the weight, not knowing and feeling like it’s going to attack you, likely represents some extra baggage you might’ve come across, like friends you aren’t sure are friends, or someone who tags along by force and you feel like any moment in your future it will blow up in your face. It’s my belief that some of our dreams are just dreams, but also gives us insight to what we have gone through, or done, and maybe some insight to our future as well.

  • Carrie Terranova
    Posted at 14:24h, 28 May Reply

    I recently travelled from Florida to Santa Monica, CA to undergo stem cell therapy to help me with advanced COPD. On this trip I took my token totem animals with me … my frog and my rabbit. These totems had come to me in times past and I always keep and hold them dear. The day that I was to have my proceedure a mountain lion had come down from the mountains and was within a couple of blocks. It was reported that this had never happened before. Of course, I immediately knew that I had been blessed with yet another totem animal. I prayed during the day that he would be safely caught and returned to his mountains …. but this was not to be. I will keep and honor him forever for giving me a better understanding of myself, his gift, and any results that I receive from the stem cell treatment

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 14:20h, 29 May Reply

      Hi Carrie,
      I’m so sorry to hear about your COPD, but send you love and light, and blessings for a very successful stem cell therapy. I love Frog and Rabbit! Whenever I see them I am reminded to cleanse all negativity from my life; mind, body, spirit (frog), and to stay in abundance, not fear (rabbit). They are great totems to have. And I have to agree with you about Mountain Lion, blessing you that day. I’m sad to hear that he didn’t make it back to the mountains, but one day, humanity will not treat our animal brothers and sisters in the ignorant way that they do now. Stand strong in your power as well as your desire to be healed so that the you will continually be guided from above and below.


  • Roderick Johnson
    Posted at 15:53h, 10 April Reply

    hmm…. this was not at all useful to me. i was trying to figure out what my dream meant where i was attacked first y a wolf then by twin mountain lions, all of which i shot in the face before they killed me. i figured there was some symbolism involved, but apparently i just murdered the symbol for power with a tech-9. eh, whatever. i’ll look elsewhere.

    • Shelley Szajner
      Posted at 11:12h, 28 April Reply

      Roderick, your dream symbols say to me that you have killed off different aspects of yourself, ones that you no longer want or need anymore. The ‘twin’ symbol is usually a sign that your subconscious is talking to you, and is making you aware of what has been hidden, but is now revealed, and in your case, dead. Wolf to me represents the Teacher and Path finder, but for you it might be something else entirely, for example, it could be a symbol for your need to go it alone, find a new path, or be a lone wolf, or it could be a person that you know, etc. ALL dream symbols can be interpreted many ways. My post about Mountain Lion is just one interpretation. Dreams are quite subjective and take time to unravel, but all in all, I see this a good medicine dream for you.


      • Smack
        Posted at 21:20h, 23 March Reply

        I had a dream last night that me and my wife were sleeping in this house. It wasn’t my house. I’m not sure where I was but we were in this bed that was near a door, and next to the door was a long glass window. When I got out of bed I walked to the door and there stood an over-sized mountain lion. Almost looked like a saber-tooth tiger. I had this feeling of fear because the only thing separating us was this tiny bit of glass. The lion didn’t roar or anything, but I did get a feeling it was looking to attack and break through the glass so I yelled out to my wife to wake up and get out of the room. I don’t recall her exiting the room with me but I went into another room and saw my dad and told him about the mountain lion, and he kind of brushed it off like it was nothing. That’s about all I remember…Dreams are so weird.

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