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.
To see chains, brings calumny and treacherous designs of the envious. Seeing others in chains, denotes bad fortunes for them. ... Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation
A dream of contrary, showing that you will escape from some difficulty that worries you at the moment. But a gold Chain round a woman’s neck shows good fortune from some friend or lover.... Mystic Dream Book
To see chains in your dream, signifies your need to break free from a routine, old idea, or a relationship.
If you are being chained, or you hear clanking chains, then some part of you is being forcefully controlled or held in check. However, if you dream of unattached chains, whether on you or someone else, you will soon be free of all your worries.... My Dream Interpretation
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 your life.
(1) If you are chained, the ‘you5 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.
(2) If what is chained is some sort of animal, the likelihcx>d is that it represents your animal nature or some aspect of it - your sexuality, for instance. Perhaps you are living in tcx> rarefied an atmosphere and need to get your feet firmly on the ground or to put your consciousness - your awareness - not only in your brain but also in your bxxjy.
(3) If some other person is chained, that person probably represents something in your unconscious. Perhaps it is a desire that has been repressed because of guilt-feelings attached to it.
If so, take a fresh - and this time an objective - look at it. See it for what it is: a power that may be used by you to enrich your life, but not one that you have to employ. You don’t owe any of your emotions a living. But don’t neglect them. Don’t shut them away in vour unconscious, where they could fester. Either use them or dissolve them.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
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 Big Dictionary of Dreams