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Did You Dream About a Key? Here's What It Means

A image like a key can be a challenging one to understand. Because our dreams are transmissions from our subconscious mind, and they may represent symbolic references to our daily lives, no single dream interpretation can ever match everyone's dream.

Below are three possible perspectives on a dream about a key, seen from very different angles.

Which of these explanations works the best for you?

What does a key mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about a key often hints at opportunities, secrets, or responsibilities. That's the simple dream interpretation, at least.

It suggests that you have the solution to a problem or the answer to a question. If you're using a key to unlock something, it indicates you're making progress and moving towards your goals. You're unlocking a new potential or aspect of yourself. However, if the key doesn't work, it might signify a challenge or obstacle in your waking life that you're struggling to overcome.

A key is often a very deep dream symbol to to give you a single interpretation of. To say without any doubts, I would need to take a deeper dive into the dreamer's past and current environment.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of a key, in Freudian terms, may symbolize the phallus, power, or authority.

But a key can say quite a few things — It represents the ability to gain access to those areas of the psyche that are beyond our usual reach. When one dreams of using a key to unlock something, it may suggest an unconscious desire to unveil hidden aspects of the self or to penetrate the mysteries of others. If the key is successful in unlocking, it signifies a readiness to explore these new psychological territories. However, if the key fails, it may indicate a fear of the unknown or a reluctance to confront repressed emotions or memories.

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of a key symbolizes spiritual awakening and enlightenment. It represents your divine connection to the universe, suggesting that you hold the power to unlock spiritual truths and wisdom. Using a key to unlock something in a dream signifies your spiritual journey of self-discovery and personal growth. It indicates that you're ready to open the door to your inner self, revealing your true nature and potential. If the key doesn't work, it may imply spiritual blockages or unresolved issues that you need to address. Remember, you are the key to your own spiritual growth and enlightenment.

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Which dream interpretation is best for you?

Which interpretation above for a key makes the most sense for your your dream experience?

Only you can say for certain. Remember that our subconscious mind can be a complex place. Just about any object or action in a dream can symbolize a long list of things — or symbolize multiple themes from our daily lives.

Have a unique explanation for dreams about a key of your own? Please consider adding your own interpretation in the comment section at the bottom of this page.

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