What does it mean to see an key in a dream?

Key Dream Meaning: From 30 Different Sources


(see also Lock)

(1) What will the key open? A box? A door? In any case, it is a sign either that your unconscious is offering you access to your true self or, more modesdy, a solution to a problem, or that life is offering you an opportunity to fulfil yourself or to exercise some hitherto unused talent.

(2) An old man with keys may symbolize a deep inner source of wisdom. Follow him, and all secrets - your ‘destinyVyour real self- will be revealed.

A Dictionary of Dream Symbols | Eric Ackroyd


An attitude, thought or feeling opening up areas of memory, experience or motivation previously locked up”; realisation or information allowing solution to a problem, de­picts an effective way of doing something. Also, often the penis or sexual intercourse.

A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences | Tony Crisp


A key opens a lock. In the world of symbolism, a lock can represent any number of problems, challenges, obstacles, or desires yet to be attained. Therefore, the key is the representation of that which you need to have in order to begin facing whatever needs to be addressed to solve the problem you face. Most dreams about keys relate to the need to find a lost key or to the possession of a key without knowing what lock it belongs to. Life is an ongoing process and is filled with many opportunities to fit the right key into the right lock, but that is only the beginning of the next process.

The key is perhaps the ultimate symbol of working effectively with the mystery of life.

Complete Dictionary of Dreams | Dr. Mıchael Lennox


See House and accessories metaphors.

Dream Dictionary The Biblical Model | Vincent Wienand


Authoritative power to gain or prevent entrance , possession, or control

Dream Dictionary Unlimited | Margaret Hamilton


To lose keys indicates disappointments, obstacles, and setbacks, while finding keys represents discovering the perfect solution to a problem.

To give someone you know a key implies that you will offer assistance to that person, while giving a key to an unknown person indicates an improvement in your own circumstances.

To be given a key augurs assistance from friends in positions of power.

To fit a key in a lock implies romantic and sexual happiness; unlocking a door indicates a breaking down of obstacles.

Dream Explanations of Astro Center | Astro Center


A key can represent our need for liberation from a stressful situation and then the initiation of a positive spiritual move. Silver and gold keys represent – respectively – temporal and spiritual power. These keys crossed are part of the papal regalia and signify belonging to both realms.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous


Psychological / emotional perspective: We hold within us many of the answers to our own difficulties, but often in dreams need a down-to-earth, mundane symbol to trigger off our ability to work out solutions. When we experience ourselves as trapped, the key to freedom symbolizing what action we must take can often appear as if by magic.

The image of a simple key can indicate that the solution is easy.

An ornate key can suggest a more complex solution. When we cannot find a key in dreams we may have to wait until the time is right or circumstances are working in our favour.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous


Material aspects: Keys often appear in dreams. They represent fresh attitudes, thoughts and feelings which are capable of unlocking memories, experiences and knowledge which we have previously hidden.

If we can decide which way we turn the key, we can decide whether we are locking things up or freeing them.

A bunch of keys signify responsibilities and success and the need to open up the whole of our personalities to new experiences.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous


Gives gender - specific: In a woman’s dream a key can suggest that her own assertiveness needs to be sensitively used.

A man may need to understand the ‘mechanism’ of his assertiveness and how to use it without force. Consult the entries for keyhole, lock and prison for further information.

Dream Meanings of Versatile | Versatile - Anonymous


Keys can symbolize having a secret. They can also represent “locking away” one’s inner feelings.

The holder of the key has the power to unlock whatever the dreamer needs.

Dream Symbols in The Dream Encyclopedia | James R. Lewis and Evelyn Dorothy Oliver


Symbol: The key symbolizes your ability to open and close doors.

Vision: Looking at a key: someone will cither tell you a secret or you will find the solution to a puzzle. Unlocking something: a warning against getting involved in a risky adventure. Losing a key: you have been careless and the consequence is a missed opportunity. Finding a key: your chances at work and love are excellent. Finding a key that belongs to an unknown person: you will discover a secret. See Door.

Depth Psychology: With logic, reason, and intelligence you can solve everyday problems by yourself. Sometimes, in women’s dreams, the key, a phallic symbol, represents sexual needs.

Dreamers Dictionary | Garuda


Ability to unlock something (idea; mind-pattern).

Expansions Dream Dictionary | Stewart A. Swerdlow


indicative of the opening of difficult matters, happiness from sorrow, recovery from sickness, acquiring of his wanted thing, strength in religion, fulfilment of a need, answering of a supplication, knowledge & knowing.

Islamic Dream - Cafer-i Sadik | Cafer-i Sadik


A key in a dream represents money, a helping hand, entering the path of knowledge, or it could mean receiving divine guidance. Carrying a bunch of keys in a dream means prosperity, knowledge and security against one’s enemy. Keys in a dream also represent one’s children, emissaries, spies, servant, wife or wealth. Keys in a dream also mean attaining one’s goal, or fulfillment of one’s prayers.

A key in a dream also may mean victory over one’s enemy. Holding a wooden key in a dream indicates the character ofone who refuses to help others, or ifhe holds their money in trust, it means that he does not repay them, for wood in a dream means hypocrisy. Holdingto a key that has no teeth in a dream means cheating an orphan of his inheritance, or becoming a guardian of an estate and deceiving its rightful heirs. Holding to the key of Paradise in a dream means acquiring knowledge, lawful wealth, or receiving an inheritance. Keys in a dream also represent the coffers they open. Seeing a key in a dream also means performing a pilgrimage to Mecca.

A key made of iron in a dream represent a strong and a dangerous man. It also means openness in one’s life. Turning a key to open a door or a padlock in a dream means attaining victory over one’s enemies. Opening a door or a lock without a key in a dream means attaining the same through prayers. Finding a key in a dream means finding a treasure, or profits from a farmland.

If a wealthy person finds a key in his dream, it means that he owes alms tax and he should immediately distribute what he owes, pay charities and repent for his sins. Holdingto the key ofthe holy Ka’aba in a dream means working for a ruler or an Imam.

If a woman receives keys in a dream, it meansher betrothal. Having difficulty to open a door, even with a key in a dream means hindrances in one’s business, or failure to attain one’s goal.

A key in a dream also represents new knowledge for a scholar or a learned person. Putting a key inside a door in a dream means placing a deceased person inside his coffin or grave, or it could mean having sexual intercourse with one’s wife.

Islamic Dream Interpretation | Ibn Seerin


See Lock. You have the right attitude and are posing the right questions, in the sense of how you are using your personal qualities. Ideas and new experiences.

Locking up something speaks of fear of relationships and of fear of getting involved.

According to Freud, the symbol of the key / lock stands for sexuality.

The key is the phallus, the lock the vagina, and the function of locking means intercourse.

Folklore: To lose a key has negative connotations; to give somebody else your key means domestic luck.

Little Giant Encyclopedia | Klaus Vollmar


In a dream, the person who holds a key has the power to “unlock” what the dreamer needs.

If you find a key in a dream, you will find the answer to a problem that’s been bothering you in real life.

To dream that you lose your keys, signifies your fear of losing your position or status in life. You may have lost control of yourself.

To dream that you find keys, signifies that you have found a solution to a problem.

To see broken keys in your dream, signifies many quarrels and possibly a break-up.

My Dream Interpretation | myjellybean


A dream about a key foretells a change.

A broken key warns of sorrow. Lost keys indicate some unpleasantry that may complicate the dreamer’s plans.

To find a key in a dream is a lucky sign.

Psycho Dream Interpretation | Ella Freeman Sharpe


Keys are symbols of power, freedom and solutions. In the I-Ching (ancient Chinese Oracle), the keeper of keys is the one who contains wisdom and wealth in great measure. You have the key that can open up any locked up area of your mind, body or spirit and set you free.

The key also represents the penis and sexual intercourse. Consider the purpose of this key.

Strangest Dream Explanations | Dream Explanations - Anonymous


also see Ijock and Prison

1- Keys often appear in dreams. They represent fresh attitudes, thoughts and feelings which are capable of unlocking memories, experiences and knowledge which we have previously hidden.

To dream of a bunch of keys suggests the need to open up the whole of our personalities to new experiences.

2- When we experience ourselves as trapped, the key to freedom can often appear as if by magic. We hold within us many of the answers to our difficulties, but often need a down-to-earth mundane symbol to trigger olf our ability to work out solutions.

3- A key can represent the dreamer’s need for liberation from a stressful situation and then initiation of a positive move. Silver and gold keys represent respectively temporal and spiritual power.

Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary | Pamela Ball


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.

Ten Thousand Dream Interpretation | Gustavus Hindman Miller


The answer to a problem or secret. As with most dreams, look for the obvious connections by comparing the details or the theme of your dream to your daily life. Are you trying to figure something out and “unlock” a puzzling question? Do you wish to hide something? Are you locking something up or are you opening the door? Last, but not least, does this dream have any sexual connotations?

The Bedside Dream Dictionary | Silvana Amar


The key symbolizes the solution to a problem. The dream may be giving you the right clue to get rid of obstacles that prevent you from progressing On the other hand, to dream that you open a door with a key implies the arrival of major changes in the your life; to use it to close a door instead reveals a fear of renewal. Breaking a key shows a breakdown of a relationship with a partner; to lose it announces delays and even failure in attaining goals. Throwing the keys away predicts that you will be involved in gossip. And finally, to have a lot of keys predicts acquiring a lot of varied knowledge.

To find a key in dreams is a symbol of good luck.

If you find a whole set, then business dealings will be very advantageous.

The Big Dictionary of Dreams | Martha Clarke


To dream of losing a key, means the loss of a lover after a quarrel which has little chance of being made up.

Unlocking a door betokens the advent of a new lover who will not live up to the confidence you repose in him or her.

Locking a door is an omen of good judgment in the selection of a husband or wife.

The Complete Dream Book | Gillian Holloway


(or Keys)

The meaning of a dream featuring keys varies according to the action, but as a general guide:

To find keys signifies a happy solution to any pressing problems you may now have.

To lose keys indicates some unexpected unpleasantness, or disappointment in a friend.

To give someone a key forecasts an improvement in home conditions.

To be given a key is a sign of help from influential friends.

To fit a key in a lock pertains to satisfaction in sex and/or romantic relations.

To turn the key in a lock predicts the opening of new doors.

A broken key portends a lost opportunity.

To dream of being a keeper of the keys augurs a position of authority.

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams | Stearn Robinson - Tom Corbett


Permission or access.

Power or authority.

The (real or imagined) answer to a problem, puzzle, or something else you’d like to “unlock.” Your personal set of keys (such as car and house keys) can represent your self-identity, personal power, access, or abilities in life.

Losing your keys can represent compromising yourself or giving away your personal power somehow, or possibly neglecting your responsibility for yourself.

See also: Door or Entrance; Lock; Keyhole; Unlocking; Starting an Engine

The Curious Dreamer’s Dream Dictionary | Nancy Wagaman


Inner awareness that opens door to all truth; wisdom, knowledge.

The Dream Books Symbols | Betty Bethards


(see Locks)

Solutions to problems, especially ones that seem puzzling (e.g., “the key to the matter”). Opportunity unfolding.

Lost keys: Losing your way, or feeling unable to find the right resolution to a situation.

Using the wrong key in a dream signifies approaching a problem in the wrong way, with a solution that doesn’t really fit the situation.

Breaking a key means that a good idea got bungled somehow, probably by someone becoming too enthusiastic or pushy.

If this is the case, just start again with a calmer, paced approach.

The Language of Dreams | Patrica Telesco


General Meaning: A key speaks of license, authority and calling. Every believer has been given a key to salvation.

• When you became born again, you were given the name of Jesus to use against the enemy. You were given the license to loose and to bind.

• I often see keys in the spirit.

• We see a golden key when releasing a person into prophetic training, and a large jewel encrusted key when releasing someone into the apostolic.

• We see a brass key when releasing someone into the Teaching Ministry. Either way the key represents your authority. Some are given prophetic, apostolic and teaching authority depending on their calling.

• When you see a closed door or gate in the spirit, the Lord will be saying to you, “Take the key (authority) I have given you and open this door!” • This is especially relevant in the Prophetic Ministry, where the prophet builds up, tears down, opens doors of blessing and cursing, restricts and looses on behalf of others.

• Referring to the Authority to Loose and to Bind • Matthew 16:19 And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

• Referring to Jesus and His Authority and Kingship.

• Isaiah 22:22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open..

The Way of Dreams and Visions | Colette Toach


Dreaming of a key means the answer to some problem in your life is embedded in your dream. Look to the door or other surroundings in order to more fully ascertain the problem.

If you lose your keys in a dream you will have an unpleasant adventure.

If you find someone else’s keys this denotes domestic bliss but to see broken keys you will have many quarrels and a separation.

If you give your key away you will be in error of using poor judgment.

Tryskelion Dream Interpretation | Pagan - Anonymous

13 dream interpretations related to the symbols you see in your dreams.


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


Musical inclinations. ... keyboard dream meaning

Lock And Key

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.... lock and key 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

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


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