To dream of chains represents feelings of bondage, confinement, or restriction. Feeling controlled or unable to escape something in your waking life. Feeling intentionally held back from your true potential. Feeling limited. Feeling like a victim, feeling used, hating your job, or disliking having decisions made for you. Difficulty freeing yourself from a responsibility.
Alternatively, chains may reflect your own attempt to confine or restrict someone else.
Positively, a chain may reflect solidarity or group support to get through serious problems. Strong bonds, friendship, or family ties.
Example: A woman dreamed of seeing a “human chain” being made by a group of people who were all lost in the ocean not knowing how to swim. In waking life she joined a support group for cancer victims.
Example 2: A man dreamed of his hands being chained and then a dark figure tugging on it telling him to get help. In waking life he was alone, experiencing serious health complications, and hoping for death to come. The dark figure tugging on the chain reflected his fear of death making him choose to live even though he didn’t want to. The chain in this case would reflect his fear of death “chaining him” to life.