What's in a Story

The Lion King

Lion King


Gateway to Hidden Mysteries:

The Lion King

Simba is born – a future king. He is cherished in the kingdom. Not everyone respects his kingship. Scar and the hyenas have resentment and ill will toward Simba.

Simba is taught by the wise noble fathers. His father instructs the young cub where the kingdom boundaries lie and where scavengers are not allowed to trespass. He is taught boundary work.

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Scar plays a very unique role.

He is the coyote trickster. He is Brer Rabbit. Scar is a reflection of the wise woman in her role as “Changer of Things” as the face of Hecate. Scar is a part of the family but he is barely tolerated. He has a role. Like death. It comes. We know it, but we never really move to embrace all it represents.

It is Scar who suggests to the young cub to go look over the elephant graveyard. After all, it is a cool place! Scar teases Simba, toying with his natural curiosity and desire to be a kingly leader. The archetype of Scar says: “So you want to be more? You want to be King?” Simba says: “Oh yes! Actually, I am already a King!” Scar replies: “Really? Hmm. Let’s see how you use your kingly powers.” And so Simba and Nayla go the elephant graveyard! What wonderful symbolism! Ancient memories... ancient wisdom... moving into the bones of olden world wisdom!


Scar desires that the young king dies soon. But Simba does not. For it is Zazu who has been left behind while Simba and Nayla went exploring. It is Zazu who finds them and flies straight away to the King to warn of impending danger. Who is Zazu? Zazu is the internal warning systems, the inner voice. And when things go awry those who watch over us are told of the coming circumstances. Whenever we go against the inner voice, we are in for a ride as we move into areas of danger and difficult circumstance. Well the father comes to the rescue. They are saved. The cubs have seen for a short moment the strength and awesomeness of hidden forces and are chastised. But it is over this event that the father then imparts some great teachings to young Simba. Without having had this experience, Simba would not have understood the nature of the teachings being shared regarding the Great Mystery.

The kingdom is protecting Simba

The roar which Simba was trying to emulate was a shadow of the future, an echo, a portent of what he would one day become.  The kingdom is protecting Simba. The time for the second birth will be upon him soon enough.

Mufasa dies

Scar is able to kill Mufasa, the guiding council which Mufasa represents, and Simba runs for his life.  Simba has accepted the projection Scar placed on him. He now believes the lie Scar has fed him, that he, Simba has killed Mufasa. Simba is no longer under the protection of his father. He has become an outcast.

Facing the energy of betrayal

How has the father been killed? Through betrayal. At some point, we all face the energy of betrayal as we begin our sojourn into the realms of mastery. This is the mastery of life.

Death is upon Simba. He has been chased from his home and now wanders in the desert. He is near death. The desert symbolizes our passion. It just about burns Simba up in this story. The Great Mystery of the Kingdom sends two helpers for the next part of his journey. They are Poomba and Timone.

Simba awakens in his second birth. He is no longer king and becomes a wanderer and an outcast, without home and family. He also carries a burden of guilt, the lie that Scar gave him. It is always a lie that separates us from our healing. The lie is a belief in something that is not entirely true. We don't see the whole picture.

Simba has guilt still and the guilt keeps him in an outcast state. His life is easy. It is a relatively carefree time. He does many things that are alien to his nature such as eating worms. He grows into adulthood. He has become casual and flippant. He does not have the responsibility of kingship. The path he walks however easy is not his path.

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There is a shaman in the story, one who is trained to know the seasons of the soul. It is Rafiki, the baboon. He catches the knowing on the wind, which means he reads the signs of spirit. He catches the dust on the wind and reads it. He is a knower of inner language. He shakes his rattle. He calls the inner spirits and is gleeful! The future king did not die; he is only far away from himself! He is not dead. He is lost but he is also ready to return. Rafiki knows all will be well – it is time. He goes on a journey to find Simba... and he does. He has to remind Simba of his heritage. Rafiki hits Simba on the head with the staff. The staff is a symbol of authority and enlightenment which Rafiki uses to bring awareness back to Simba. Rafiki has to catch Simba’s curiosity as Simba really does not want to listen. He takes Simba to the pool of memory and opens a door to the timeless dimensions of spirit. Magic takes Simba to listen again to the sage advice of his father and of the stories of great wisdom handed down to him so long ago. Simba is reunited with his heritage in his heart.

It calls to him and he cannot ignore it. Rafiki leaves and awaits the return of Simba.

Meanwhile, Simba wrestles with the news that Rafiki told him. He does not want to face the guilt and shame he carries. Nayla also comes seeking for Simba too. This reflects that it is the right time to be reunited with his whole self, Nayla representing the female intuition, wisdom, and understanding of life cycles.

Above Image by yumiko124 on Pixabay

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Simba finally returns home with his two friends and Nayla. His companions represent two very important learnings he has had. They are the ability to be close to the land and to be able to walk in trust and simplicity. These are very important aspects of our self-consciousness. Poomba represents appetite; the appetite for life and Timone speaks of the ability to dance with life. Both are vulnerable and have great hearts.

But Simba’s return in the story is not over yet. Having made the decision to reclaim his heritage, he needs to put it into action. He fights a battle with his shadow self, Scar. The name for the shadow self is very interesting. It represents a wound remaining on deeper levels of the psyche. It has partially healed over but needs deep cleansing. Simba's great battle is on Pride Rock. So symbolic. It is our value, our self, our humanity upon which he has to reclaim what was lost.

Simba has to realize the nature of the betrayal from which he will have the strength to overcome Scar.

Simba is able to defeat Scar but does not kill him because in all things there needs to be a balance. Scar finds his end among those who have feared him. It is wrongdoing which consumes Scar.

Order is restored again in the kingdom. It begins to rain – spiritual refreshment. The summer land has returned, Shangri-la, the Hidden Kingdom is once again restored. The child king has come home and has mastered the inner kingdom. Peace reigns and a new child is born, the child showing hope, the continuance of life, a symbol of rebirth and renewal.

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