A key represents access, knowledge, and the solution to a mystery. Symbolizing freedom and empowerment, it grants the bearer the ability to unlock and discover what’s hidden or kept secret. The key can also be seen as a symbol of trust, as it’s often given to someone deemed worthy of accessing a special place or piece of information.

Key in Dreams

Dreaming of a key may indicate that the dreamer is in the process of discovering a solution to a problem or gaining access to a previously hidden aspect of the self. It can symbolize answers, opportunities, or a sense of potential. Losing a key in a dream might represent missed opportunities or feelings of being trapped or locked out of a situation.

Key in Myths and Folklore

Keys appear in various tales and legends as symbols of authority, knowledge, and the means to access the forbidden or sacred. For instance, in the tale of “Bluebeard,” a forbidden key unlocks a chamber of secrets revealing the truth about the titular character. In Christian symbolism, Saint Peter is often depicted holding the keys to the kingdom of Heaven, symbolizing his divine authority and the church’s role as the gateway to salvation.

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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