Similar to door – entrance to something different – or to someone else’s life, as in marriage; change, depending on the dream. See: Door.

A threshold, like that between conscious self awareness and our total experience – such a gate needs to open and close. 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.

But often a gate is an opening you can pass through into your own or other people’s private space. So it can be a way in or out of such private space or feelings, therefore a barrier. So closed gate can separate one part of your or feeling from another life from another, as happens when you enter someone else property. What are you shutting out or letting in?

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.  There is also the Guardian of the Gate or doorway. See the guardian

Going through the gate may be a change from one situation to another. Or if you are on one side and with someone else on the other side it can means there is still a barrier between you, or something you need to pass through. Therefore we are told there are gates to Heaven, and in some dreams there is passage throughthem. In mythology the dog has symbolised the guardian of the gates of death.

Example: ‘I continue on my path, and suddenly the nettles disappear and the path is clear. Ahead the wall has curved round to face me, but there is a gate in it, and I can see my dog waiting for me on the other side.’ Mrs M. G.

Example: I am very afraid that someone/ a part of the crowd wants to get ahold of me for something I or my friends wrote in the newspaper. I have a long pole which I use to keep them away to beat them, but it is a close call. There does not seem to be anyone from the police helping us/to protect us. Just someone closing the gate at the last moment. Some of the people really want to get their hands on us. I seem to be taunting them.

Example: I saw a man walking toward what looked a bit like a castle, but was a monastery or spiritual centre. I was both the observer and the man walking to the gated huge wall. As I watched I saw that a man was walking to the gate from within the monastery. So the scene was of a man approaching the gate from outside, and a man approaching the gate from inside. As they got near the gate I realised that the man seeking entrance was the same as the one who would let him in. They were reflections of each other.

The man who approached the gate reached into his coat or cloak for a gift to give as a sign of his desire to be admitted. As he did this the man inside reached into his pocket for the key to open the gate. Their movements were reflections of each other. The giving and receiving, the request and the opening, were one and the same. So the man met who he already was, though he had sought it so long.


Useful questions and hints:

Are you closing the gates of your life or love, or leaving them open?

If the gate is acting as a barrier what sort of barrier does it suggest?

What is the difference between the feelings or activity that is on the difference side of the gate and the side you are on?

See Talking with the deadTechniques for Exploring your DreamsEdgar Cayce


-margaret 2017-06-20 19:02:47

I had a funny dream about me going through a gate but befor I could pass I got slaped agains the head by a spirit or ghost it was so hard that I woke up

-michael 2017-01-17 18:07:07

i dreamt i was with two other people, one was a blonde boy i have never seen, and the other was my best friend. a runaway train was headed for us. i was standing outside of these gates, and i instinctively went to protect the castle like building behind it. my friend and the blonde boy both tried to stop the train but couldn’t. i decided to try and i stopped the train inches before the gate.

-Brooklyn 2016-12-08 7:02:15

Last night i dreamt of a closed gate. That gate is the gate of the mall that me and my mates want to get in. And there was this large field with just grass and two dogs and also a tiger. But the end of it was the city or the mall or the civilization. the gate was keeping us from entering the field to reach the mall.i was pleasing the guars that was guarding gate. Ang he said “if you want enter you must fight the dogs or run like hell.” And after he said that, there were 2 boys running their lives from the tiger and the dogs.

    -Tony Crisp 2016-12-08 13:30:32

    dream dictionary – I started the revising in 2006, and haven’t got near the end yet.

    So for a while I urge you to read

    Also here are so ways you can find your dreams meaning – or


    Whenever we dream its images are not like real life, because a dream is nothing like outer life where things could hurt you, but is an image like on a cinema screen, so that even if a gun is pointed at you and fired it can do no damage – except if you run in fear; so all the things that scare you are simply your own fears projected onto the screen of your sleeping mind.

    It is also important to realise that every image, every scary or terrifying thing, is taken place inside you, in your mind, as you sleep. This means that every awful animal, every scary thing or person, is created out of your own fears and must not be seen as outside you as happens in waking awareness. The problem is that we are often scared of or frightened of actually experiencing our emotions and so they confront us in our dreams. Avoiding them or controlling them is like running away from oneself – there is no escape.

    So don’t try to fight the animals.

    All the images, people, animals, places we see in our dreams, are simply your own feelings, fears, hopes and wonder projected onto the screen of your sleeping mind as images. So, it makes sense to take the image of your dream person, thing or animal back into you and own it. In that way, you are actually meeting and dealing with the things about yourself you are not owning or conscious of. That is why dreams are often difficult to understand, because we are hiding things from ourselves. To do this you can use

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