Regina Finding Her Strength
All this time Regina has been drawn to the man with the lion tattoo because of the pixie dust…Robin Hood. She thought it was about finding her true love, which was further reinforced by Tinkerbell, but it’s actually been about the lion and finding her strength.
The symbolic meaning of lions, as one might imagine, primarily deals with strength.
The fact that it is a nocturnal creature means that the lion is a symbol of authority and command over subconscious thought.
The lion often appears to a person who needs to reclaim their space and take back a leadership role in life.
It was revealed to us that Regina subconsciously hated herself and she remembered this during her fight with the Evil Queen. Instead of killing the Queen, she decides to love her and accept her by balancing their lightness and darkness.
Regina says, “I gave you some of my love…the love from Henry and Robin and the people I care most about.”
Although it wasn’t true love, Regina’s relationship with Robin helped her to recognize her own strength and gave her the ability to finally accept herself, which I also discuss in my post about Robin as symbolism for Regina.
She also mentions Henry, who’s birth sign is Leo ♌, which is represented by a lion. Henry has been a clear source of strength for Regina throughout the entire story and he finally acknowledges the Queen as his mother as well, adding to her newfound strength.