The ladder is a symbol of the step-by-step method of achieving success. To dream that you ascend the ladder denotes some fulfillment of an ambition, depending upon the number of rungs that have been climbed. Falling or slipping from the ladder, reverses. A broken ladder threatens failure. See Falling.
In dreams, a block may present itself in many forms. We can experience it as a physical block – that is, something that needs to be climbed over or got round, a mental block – for instance, not being able to speak or hear, or a spiritual block such as the figure of an angel […]
An open gate signifies opportunities ahead. A closed gate indicates obstacles which can be overcome if you succeeded in opening it. A locked gate predicts insurmountable obstacles, unless you climbed over it or found a way around it, in which case your frustration will be temporary.