To dream of being chained is symbolic of sin, addiction, or being bound by Satan, Eccl. 7:26
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.
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.
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.
A dream warning you against the conspiracy of enemies, from which, however, you will escape (Artemidorus). Symbol obvious.
Restraint or control. Dependency or addictions. What exactly is being chained and by whom or what?
Alternative type of cage dream.
Rattling: Ghosts of a figurative nature. What are you trying to hide or avoid?
Security. Chains can be protective, keeping safe something or someone you perceive as being in peril.
Restrictive relationships (e.g., “the old ball ‘n’ chain”).