Lions are nocturnal creatures, and are a symbol of authority and command over subconscious thought(as night is an ancient symbol of the subconscious - or dream states). The lion is considered by many ancient cultures to be a solar animal judgment.
Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 1 Peter 5:8-9 KJV
(Credit goes to fam lit artist) 2016 is testing me already, so I did this to destress a little bit. This picture was incredibly fun to do, but also reminded me how rusty I was with doing a fully illustrated piece.