To dream of a gate represents a threshold in your life. The entry point of a new phase in your life. The passage of one period of your life, or level of maturity, to another. A gate may appear in a dream when you are "standing before" adolescence, parenthood, death, or significant change. The entrance into something different.
Negatively, dreaming of gates may reflect feelings of needing permission to move on with your life or to next phase of a situation you are experiencing.
An open gate may represent new opportunities and possibilities. A closed gate may represent an obstacle that you must confront before progress can occur. It may also reflect difficulties overcoming rigid problems.
To dream of having difficulty opening a gate may represent hard work or effort that is unsatisfactory in helping you move forward with your goals. Feeling that you haven't done enough, aren't qualified, or haven't been given permission yet. You may not be ready or prepared to move on to the next step.
Example: A young man dreamed of seeing himself standing next to an open gate to his backyard. In waking life he was aware of how hard it was to fight his alcohol addiction. The open gate to his backyard reflected to open possibility to return to his addiction while trying to fight it.
Example 2: A woman had a dream of seeing her walls turn into gates. In waking life she was in a nursing home and feared that a recurring mental health issue was going to make her doctors permanently drug her and keep her confined to her room. The dream gates may have reflected her fear of never getting to leave the nursing home until she proved she was better.
Example 3: A young woman dreamed of her hired help leaving the house keys in the gate to her home. In waking life she was very sensitive about trusting people and after having been generous to a friend she worried that her generosity would make all her other friends expect the same generosity preventing her from getting ahead in life. She feared that she had socially opened herself up to people expecting things from her.