Dream meaning of chains

To dream of being bound in chains, denotes that unjust burdens are about to be thrown upon your shoulders; but if you succeed in breaking them you will free yourself from some unpleasant business or social engagement.

If, in a dream, you or someone or something else is in chains or in some other way tied up or restrained, the meaning is almost certainly that some part of you needs to be liberated, given (more) freedom of action in vour life.

If you are chained, the ‘you’ of the dream is likely to be your conscious ego. Therefore, the restraints represented by the chains should be looked for in the external circumstances of your domestic, social or work life.

If what is chained is some sort of animal, the likelihotxi is that it represents vour animal nature or some aspect of it – your sexuality, for instance. Perhaps you are living in too rarefied an atmosphere and need to get your feet firmly on the ground or to put your consciousness – vour awareness – not onlv in vour brain but also in vour bodv.

To see chains, brings calumny and treacherous designs of the envious.

Seeing others in chains, denotes bad fortunes for them.

The Egyptian hieroglyphic sign in the shape of a vertical chain of three links formed by two lines intertwining (with a fourth link, left open, at the bottom) holds a dual symbolism: on the one hand, that of the caduceus of Mercury, standing for the dual streams—involution and evolution—of the universe; and on the other, implying the general symbolism of the chain, that is, bonds and communication.

On the cosmic plane it is the symbol of the marriage of heaven and earth, similar to other symbols such as the cry of pain, the whistle of the stone hurled skywards by the sling, and the arrow.

On the plane of earthly existence it is the symbol of matrimony: each link actually or potentially corresponding to a blood-relationship: father and mother, sons and daughters, brothers.

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“The chains that bind” may portend a happy union or marriage or be the missing link to the solution of a problem or situation. A succession of events can be linked together in a chain reaction.
Ideas and opinions can be bound up in old ways of doing things. The dreamer may be needing to break free of the chains that bind or to link up with new ideas, people, or situations. (See also Rope).

The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke
The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke

Chains symbolize the logical order of events. In this sense, the dream invites you to look at the past in order to solve present and future problems.

If you dream that you are chained, however, it means that an internal aspect of yourself is being retained. You must set it free so it can express itself.

If it is someone else who is chained, then you have to find out what aspect of the character that person represents. Similarly, if it is an animal, you have to ask yourself what aspect of your nature you are repressing.

If it is a bull it might be your sexuality; if a dog, it may be your fury; and if it is an elephant it shows your inability to use your strength and wisdom.

Dreaming that you are chained predicts you will be victim of injustice.

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett
The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett

A dream of contrary. Whether your dream featured your own someone else’s, or unattached chains, you will soon be free of all your worries.

Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson
Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson

Chains bind you to something or someone, or they represent a heavy load, like the chains ghosts rattle.

To carry a chain means you have a responsibility you resent. If the chain has a ball on it, you fear or resent marriage.
To be chained up means you feel stifled and repressed, or can’t escape something unpleasant.
To be chained to someone else means you feel obligated to someone.
To break a chain means you are ready to make a drastic change in your life, in the name of freedom.

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