Gates function as points of entry or barriers, symbolizing both opportunity and restriction. They represent transitions, marking the passage from one realm or phase to another. As thresholds, gates stand between the known and the unknown, the mundane and the sacred. They also embody duality: opening and closing, welcoming and barring, beginning and ending.

Gate in Dreams

Dreaming of a gate often relates to new opportunities or significant transitions in one’s life. An open gate may suggest a path forward, welcoming new changes, or an invitation to explore unfamiliar territory. Conversely, a closed or locked gate can indicate obstacles, missed opportunities, or feelings of restriction.

Gate in Myths and Folklore

Gates hold a significant place in various myths and legends. In Greek mythology, the gates of Hades segregate the world of the living from the realm of the dead. The biblical tale of the Garden of Eden references the angel-guarded gate that prevents re-entry after Adam and Eve’s exile. In many cultures, gates often guard mystical or sacred places, requiring seekers or heroes to prove their worthiness before entering. Such thresholds challenge, test, and often transform those who dare to cross.

Olex Lys

Reviewed by Alexander Lys, M.L., a specialist in the field of symbolism research and dream psychology. A certified participant in numerous psychological seminars and courses, the author of hundreds of articles on psychology, including studies on symbolism in dreams and myths from a scientific perspective.


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