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


-Reanus Paulus 2016-12-04 3:50:57

This dream is always repeating every night. Me and my cousins are on a hike to a mountain, before entering the mountain pass, we should first go to a certain village, upon entering the village, I saw a solid stone wall with cyclone wires ontop of it, in front is a gate, after seing the gate, in my dream, something bad happened like locals approach us and take my cousin and they are hurting my other cousin, I was in the middle staring the wall and gate.

-Tony 2016-07-30 7:38:41

I had a dream of the gates of Valhalla. But as I approach they began to close and the lights dim from the other side. I woke up gasping for air as if I had stopped breathing. I’ve tried to look up the meaning, but cannot figure it out.

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-08-02 9:47:05

    Dear Tony – Figuring out your dream means exploring your dream while you are awake.
    You can use to explore what thoughts/feelings/images etc. arise when you imagine approaching the gates of Valhalla.
    See also
    Dreams can also be an expression of what is happening in your physical body.
    Entering deep sleep is like entering the death state, because both the dream state and the death state are the same.
    Your dream may reflect that you are not capable of entering deep sleep because of obstructive sleep apnea.
    This condition can have this effect; “I woke up gasping for air as if I had stopped breathing.”
    Anna 🙂

-Tracey 2016-07-14 17:35:31

Last night I had a dream where I was at Heaven’s gates and for some reason I knew I could go through the doors. I saw them so clearly and then the next thing I thought of was ‘What about Lucy’ who is my cat (who I’m incredibly close to) and I woke up. Its baffling me because I don’t usually remember my dreams.

-S 2016-06-06 2:42:56

I had a dream i was running around the block trying to find my friends. And suddenly a helicopter was flying low in the air with their bright lights shining on me and i ran back to her house and i ran through the gate (my friend swung it open for me) and i was yelling and crying omg i couldnt find use im so scared theres a helicopter following me and one of my guy friends were right there as soon as i ran through the gate he was there with arms wide open and i ran to him and hugged him. In real life i have nothing for him so wondering what my dream meant?

-Cecilia 2016-04-24 13:20:52

Some lady from my sister’s church dreamed about me building a house and shouting at my sisters that they are delaying me,and there was an old man at the gate he said he can’t go in as he is waiting for me come first so that he can be able go in. I am confused about the meaning of this dream.

    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-04-27 13:17:34

    Dear Cecilia – Are you confused because you believe this dream is about you?
    It is more likely that your dream figure is an aspect of this lady and she gave “you” a role in her dream because of the perception she has of you; because of what she associates with you due to her memories, impressions and events lived with you;
    In some dreams about another person the dream may reflect intuitions about that person.
    A way towards distinguishing between the lady’s inner aspects and intuitive insights about you could be to explore her dream together;
    Anna 🙂

-Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-03-06 9:50:34

Dear Rebecca – Every image and person in your dreams is an expression of your own life process. As such it is alive and intelligent and is something sent to help you. A dream is like a projection from a movie projector, except that you are the projector.
Everything you see as outside you is coming from you, your emotions, your fears, your beliefs, your joys and explorations and are all you, clothed in the dream images and drama.
An old rusty gate may reflect needs you have neglected for a while.
I think it will be interesting to explore the difference in thoughts, feelings and images that arise when you enter your inner garden through an old rusty gate and when you enter it through a red lacquered gate;
Your dream figure in the role as gardener reflects the down to earth but wise aspect of self; the wisdom or insights gathered through life experience, from which you can direct your own growth and life to integrate the many parts of your nature.
This directing becomes clear in this part of your dream; “talking about where the rocks and plants should go.”
While helping to direct your growth, you also take care of your (inner dog’s) needs and it likes the food you give it; “I was feeding a dog who was eating while I was putting more food in the bowl”;
You could explore what your inner dog needs to stay happy and healthy;
Anna 🙂

-Rebecca 2016-02-28 16:25:04

I dreamt I was in a garden with a red lacquered gate on one side and an old rusty gate which I was next to, I was helping 2 other people with the gardening talking about where the rocks and plants should go and then I was feeding a dog who was eating while I was putting more food in the bowl.

-bugs_ 2015-12-23 17:41:14

Hi, Tony
i had a dream last night, after my pray:

there’s a huge bronze gate that opened in front of me, then i pass through it. then, i walk on a clear path, surrounding by beautiful houses and green gardens .. some of them make some sounds from the inside (kinda musical sounds), one of them are look abandoned.

somehow, i see an old woman walk behind me (not so near), then i follow her. suddenly i see her reached her house (not a house in the houses, just a small simple house outside the complex)
there’s an old man laying on the chair, waited for her. then she sitting together and holding hands (not so sure with this one) – it looks like she waited for so long to meet her man, then the day comes.

i didn’t enter the house, i just stand in front of the open door looking at them.. somehow the old woman smile, very looks like my grandma who passed away 2 years ago. then i woke up.

any suggestion?
sorry for the long post, Tony. hopefully you can help

-Mich Alberona 2015-11-28 2:37:37

In my dream, someone I know that used to have a crush on me is waiting on our front gate and the second time I glanced, he glanced back and he seemed shy so he looked away. What does that mean

-Seg 2015-02-12 18:00:51

Regarding gates…I’d a vivid dream of sitting near a garden. It was beautiful…a train glided past it, a large body of water was nearby, and a fence separated the garden from all of that. Looked down at the garden and saw acrylic paint covering it in various colors. Could see live plants starting to emerge from underneath. (I love to paint in acrylics and people seem to love my work in real life). But then: a path appeared across the tracks with an open gate and people were driving into my garden. I’m not sure I wanted them there and wanted to close the gate. I don’t know if I need to monitor whom to Iet into my garden…my space. The gate bothered me. Thoughts?

-Rima 2015-01-31 2:51:23

Thanks to you, Tony. I think your interpretation about the gate makes sense. I dreamt of someone on the other side of the gate smiling at me. I believe that we have an understanding but there are a lot of hindrances that we have to conquer before we can be together.

-Dennis 2015-01-03 23:15:41

One of my last dreams i got separated from somebody special to me. As this person went true the gate , it got locked and i could not follow or enter true this same gate. I got pulled back by a unknown man (guardian?) im not sure about this unknown man. i am realy eager to learn more about how to figure out what it means to me as im having a lot of these dreams lately. I would be very thankfull if you could help in the right direction. Thank you

-Precious 2014-12-31 10:29:08

I dreamt while knocking off at work, when I reached the gate, security guys had deactivated my finger and told me that I should wait they are some issues they wanted to clarify….. then I wake up

-Aly 2014-12-08 6:24:25

Last week I had a dream of crawling under a locked gate and entering into an abandoned area with shelves. There was another gated area that had a disaster inside and a carousel, as well as (sorry if this is graphic) a small, burnt body.. Suddenly, tigers appeared and I slipped back under the gate to get away, although the Tigers calmly watched me and sat near me I was still scared.
This week I had another dream of a city and there was another gate I couldn’t get through (which I forget what happened before, during, and after) but later in that dream there was baby sea turtles and I decided to help one that was struggling, and as I got closer to the deeper water an old friend of mine said “you can’t help them (or it!)” but I placed it by the water and woke up…
sorry if this is a long one but I’ve been having weird dreams lately.
thank you!

-Debrea Silver 2014-08-19 3:30:25

I was driving down the road in my dream and a gate just appeared out of nowhere. It kept opening and closing so I could not get through.

    -Tony Crisp 2014-08-24 11:27:03

    Debrea – Driving down a road represents your urge to get somewhere. I wonder where you hoped to get to.

    The gate is an opening for you, an invitation to enter into something. That it keeps shutting is that there is a quality you need in order to pass through, or a lesson you need to learn this side of the gate before it will allow you pass through. See


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