© Lori Lappin, the Witch of WITCHCRAFTS ARTISAN ALCHEMY®
Qadesh, standing on a lion, posed between the Egyptian gods Min and Resheph.
Photo by Rama, Wikimedia Commons.
My Ancestral Clan Totem, the Lion Lady, is not unique to Northern and Northwestern European tribes (at least when going further back into prehistory before the last 6000 to 11,700 years ago) ... I suspect the Lion Lady totem may have arisen when the Great Tribe of archaic Cro-Magnon Europids first evolved in ancient Europe during the Pleistocene epoch (in deep time before 11,700 years ago). I think that the Clan totem arose in recognition of a newly forming conscious awareness of being different from other co-existent human-kinds alive at the time, including other kinds of early Homo sapiens. This awareness of 'being different' itself may have come into awareness through an evolutionary biological mechanism called 'hybrid vigor', which may have occurred in consequence to a period of interbreeding with European Neanderthals and/or Denisovans. My Clan totem goes way, way back into deep time.
"Asherah’s association with lions is far from unique in the ancient world. In fact, the Lady of the Lions is an image that extends across time for more than 6,000 years and across a wide geographic region as far as Minoan Crete to the west, Anatolia (Turkey) to the north, and Mesopotamia (Sumer, Babylon, modern Iraq) to the east." "More than 40 goddesses in Egypt were associated with lions or felines." [Source]
Some Lion Lady Goddesses: 
Catal Hoyuk goddess, unnamed
Minoan goddess, unnamed

"The discovery of the Petralona skull in Greece challenges the out-of-Africa theory and has the potential to change what we know about human evolution.

The ‘Petralona man’, or Archanthropus of Petralona, as it has since been called, was found to be 700,000 years old, making it the oldest human europeoid (presenting European traits) of that age ever discovered in Europe. Dr Poulianos’ research showed that the Petralona man evolved separately in Europe and was not an ancestor of a species that came out of Africa.

In 1964, independent German researchers, Breitinger and Sickenberg, tried to dismiss Dr Poulianos’ findings, arguing that the skull was only 50,000 years old and was indeed an ancestor that came from Africa. However, research published in the US in 1971 in the prestigious Archaeology magazine, backed up the findings that the skull was indeed 700,000 years old.

Recently, Professor C.G. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor of the University of Cambridge sent a letter to the Ministry of Culture in Greece saying that the correct date of the skull is 700,000 years old. He has also challenged the government’s suppression of information regarding this incredible discovery."