Some sort of barrier or boundary, as for instance the feelings that keep us out of someone else’s garden or house. The opening and closing of such a gate points to the feelings of permission or refusal we give ourselves. It may also refer to the boundary or gate between the conscious and unconscious – open to allow selected memory – closed to prevent massive flooding of impressions.
The gate can also portray the passage from one period of life, or level of maturity, to another. Therefore, to stand before adolescence, parenthood, death, might be shown as facing a gate in a dream.
Also: Similar to door – entrance to something different – or to someone else’s life, as in marriage; change, depending on the dream. See: Door.