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.
Gryphon (No, not a gryphon. gryphons have the head of an eagle. If this mythic creature had a name- I believe it might be "Flion") Not a manticore, manticores have human faces.<<< This amazing mythical creature is a Shedu.