Lion as Ruler
TYRANT: There’s a part of the psyche that wants to maintain order. This ruler of the psyche is projected onto the rulers of whatever is in question. This can be the ruler of a civilization, AKA the King, the ruler of the animal kingdom, AKA the Lion, the ruler of the work place, AKA the boss, in a HS this is the principal, in a town this is the mayor. In a family this is a parent. No matter what domain we’re in, there’s normally a ruler, and it is onto this ruler that we project the ruler of our own psyche.
The Lion is in fact so associated with the leader that you not only see it as a king, mayor and leader—you also see the lion as the archetypal parent in Lion King, Thunder Cats and Hercules. You see him as the archetypal lord of creation in the Chronicals of Narnia—Aslan as God. And at least in Lion King, the connection of the lion with the sun as ruler of the heavens is clear. So what’s happening is that we are stacking up our images of a leader into an archetypal character with multiple leadership roles.