Lock and key Dream Meanings

Lock And Key Dream Meaning: From 2 Different Sources

According to Freudian analysis, a lock is commonly interpreted as a symbol of the female sexual organ with the key representing the phallus. A dream of unlocking a box of treasure may indicate sex as liberating. If, however, the box won’t open this indicates sexual frustration or dissatisfaction with the sexual side of a relationship.
Dream Source: The Element Encyclopedia
Author: Theresa Cheung
Keys are clear symbols of freedom and opportunity in dreamland. They are also symbols of home ownership and trust, as you only give the keys to your home to people you trust. Bear in mind, though, that jailers also carry keys, so they can also be symbols of restriction and confinement.

If your unconscious highlighted a key in your dream, it could have been drawing your attention to any of these symbolic associations or reflecting your waking hopes and fears.

Keys might also represent an explanation or solution to a dilemma that has been worrying you. This is especially the case if your dream key fitted and a lock opened, as locks are symbolic of obstacles to success and self-knowledge. Where the lock was located in your dream may be significant.

If it was on a door, this is a symbol of transition or opportunity, but if it was on a cupboard, box or safe, this can represent your true nature and hidden inner qualities that are latent or repressed. If, however, the key, code or password did not match the lock in your dream, this could be a suggestion that you need to look elsewhere if you want to unlock or release the insight that will help you find a solution. According to Freud, keys are phallic symbols and the lock can signify the vagina, so if you dreamed of a key being inserted into a lock, the dream may have had an erotic significance. On the door of whose house was the lock that was being unlocked?

Dream Source: The Element Encyclopedia
Author: Theresa Cheung


To dream of keys, denotes unexpected changes.

If the keys are lost, unpleasant adventures will affect you.

To find keys, brings domestic peace and brisk turns to business. Broken keys, portends separation either through death or jealousy.

For a young woman to dream of losing the key to any personal ornament, denotes she will have quarrels with her lover, and will suffer much disquiet therefrom.

If she dreams of unlocking a door with a key, she will have a new lover and have over-confidence in him.

If she locks a door with a key, she will be successful in selecting a husband.

If she gives the key away, she will fail to use judgment in conversation and darken her own reputation. ... key dream meaning


To dream of a lock, denotes bewilderment.

If the lock works at your command, or efforts, you will discover that some person is working you injury.

If you are in love, you will find means to aid you in overcoming a rival; you will also make a prosperous journey.

If the lock resists your efforts, you will be derided and scorned in love and perilous voyages will bring to you no benefit.

To put a lock upon your fiance’e’s neck and arm, foretells that you are distrustful of her fidelity, but future episodes will disabuse your mind of doubt. ... lock dream meaning


To dream that you spy upon others through a keyhole, you will damage some person by disclosing confidence.

If you catch others peeping through a keyhole, you will have false friends delving into your private matters to advance themselves over you.

To dream that you cannot find the keyhole, you will unconsciously injure a friend. ... keyhole dream meaning


1. The “unlocking” of the soul or truth.

2. Search for knowl­edge or understanding. ... keys dream meaning

Lock, Locked

Generally, the emotions or physical tensions we use to keep others from getting at us\ or to prevent our own urges or fears from being experienced; desire to keep something safe or protected, such as one s honour or emo­tions; feeling trapped; vagina; sexual tension. Occasionally a problem which needs a specific solution, the key; our ability to choose, whether to let someone into an intimate relation­ship. ... lock, locked dream meaning


Musical inclinations. ... keyboard dream meaning


(see Keys)

Safeguarding something that you consider valuable or precious.

Closing away negative portions of yourself, including bad memories, habits, and characteristics.

Blockage or an obstacle. Having your creativity, emotions, or ambitions “locked out.”... locks dream meaning

Master Key

Superior authority to gain or prevent entrance, possession, or control... master key dream meaning


Unauthorized power to gain or prevent entrance, possession, or control... skeleton-key dream meaning

Keyhole (looking Through)

1. Being suspicious of others.

2. Fear of uncovering damaging secrets about others. ... keyhole (looking through) dream meaning

Car Key

Key to movement.

See also Auto, Driving.... car key dream meaning

Lock / Padlock

This is the image of inner, psychic tension between openness and retreat (isolation), between risk and security.... lock / padlock dream meaning

Lock / Sluice

A symbol for regulating the level of Water, meaning the emotions. Here the level of the water is adjusted to the needs of the traffic, and in that sense it raises the question of the need to regulate and adjust your emotions to the needs of everyday life. Are you holding your emotions in check, or allowing them to flow? What is restricting you?... lock / sluice dream meaning

Key Maker

To dream of a key maker is a fortunate omen in regards to your reservoir of personal innovation and imagination. Speaking to a key maker in a dream indicates that you have the power to uncover the solution to any problem you may be currently experiencing in your waking life.... key maker dream meaning


Dreams of a keyword are about the power of words and your ability to attract what you are focused upon.

A keyword also represents your inner radar and your ability to identify what you need and want. Consider what the keyword is.

See Search Bar and Word.... keyword dream meaning

Latch Key Kid

Dreams of a latch key kid represents resourcefulness, street smarts and abandonment issues.

If you are dreaming of a latch key kid, then you may be processing and healing the wounds of your inner child, perhaps of having had to grow up too fast.... latch key kid dream meaning

Lock Jaw

Dreams of lock jaw represent anger or stress clamping your jaw shut, or that you are not trusting your true expression. Your subconscious mind is giving you permission to ask for what you want or need.... lock jaw dream meaning

Zip Lock

Dreams of a zip lock bag signify your desire to keep a secret sealed, or to preserve your true feelings. You might feel that you need to zip your lips until you feel safe to express yourself.... zip lock dream meaning


To dream about a keychain symbolizes opportunities, secrets, or responsibilities. You may be locking away your own inner feelings and emotions.

To dream of buying or finding a keychain is lucky, and means you may soon have a breakthrough in a real-life situation.

If you dream that you can’t find your keychain, you might have accidentally hurt someone’s feelings.... keychain dream meaning

Door / Keyhole

In dream-lore, to pass through a door and enter a house is a decisive and symbolic action as the door represents the passage from one state of being to another. Freud and Jung agreed that the house signified the self and the body, but disagreed about the doors of a house. For Freud, doors are dream images representing the body’s orifices, whilst for Jung, doors express the dreamer’s relationship to their conscious and unconscious world. According to Jungians, a door opening outwards suggests a need to open up to others, whereas a door opening inwards suggests the need for greater reflection or a desire to explore the inner self.

In general, most dream analysts believe that entering through a door signifies new opportunities that will be presented to you. Doors and doorways represent an opportunity for either positive or negative change. You may be entering into a new stage in your life, moving from one level of consciousness to another.

If your dreaming mind portrayed you as stepping through a door, it signals your willingness to embrace change and the unknown, whilst letting someone in through the door indicates your willingness to interact with them.

If you were faced by a confusing number of doors, you may be feeling overwhelmed by choices in life and unsure which opening is right for you.

If you simply can’t find the door to escape through in your dream, then perhaps you feel unable to express yourself in waking life. To dream of locked doors signifies opportunities that are denied, unavailable to you or ones on which you have missed out. Also consider who or what you are shutting out of your life if your dream features a door; perhaps as one dream door closes, another will open…

More specifically, a front door usually symbolizes unfamiliar outside circumstances—if a doormat features in your dream as well, you may be allowing others to walk all over you in real life—while a backdoor stands for the more familiar traffic of people we already know. Unwanted changes in your life are often depicted in dreams as intruders or strangers at the door, and if you are beginning a new relationship and themes of burglary or home invasion appear in your dreams, this does not necessarily mean your partner is dangerous; the dream may be providing an early warning of undercurrents in your relationship that are not nourishing to you. In some instances, the dark stranger at the door represents an aspect of yourself that is selfcritical and self- destructive.

Another dream featuring doors is that of being locked out or being unable to enter your home because you have lost your key. This image reflects a situation in which you are being prevented from accessing your talent, drive and energy. You have been locked out from the best part of yourself but the situation can be easily corrected by remembering your key next time, or finding another way in. In most cases, the key indicates willingness to change and to experiment with alternatives. Keyholes in dreams allow you to view that which is otherwise concealed; if this image appears in your dream, ask yourself whether your privacy is being invaded in some way or whether you are prying into affairs that are no concern of yours. A rusty key may indicate talents that are being neglected. Freud viewed the key as a phallus and saw potent sexual symbolism in the trio of key, door and the door’s subsequent opening. Finally, to dream that you hear or ring a door bell foretells of unexpected news.... door / keyhole dream meaning