You may be familiar with terms to do with ladders, and what they might mean in dreams. For example “climbing the corporate ladder” is a well-used phrase across the world, but we don’t tend to use phrases about stairs in quite the same way.
However, stairs have a very similar meaning in dreams and are all about how you are progressing in life.
Let’s take a look at how stairs can appear in your dreams, and what different scenarios might mean.
What Does It Mean To Dream Of Stairs?
Stairs in dreams refer to your progress through life and can imply that you are going through a period of transformation, or you’re about to experience a new transition in life.
Staircases are also connected to knowledge, motivation, spirituality, and a clear vision of what you want from the future.
Consider how you interact with the stairs, as this can change the meaning of the dream completely.
For example, falling down a set of stairs (see also What Does Falling Mean In A Dream?) denotes difficult times ahead of you, where you’re about to struggle in your relationships, and you’ll find someone will be unwilling to even consider your perspective on something.
A dream where you climb a set of stairs without any problem refers to how your hard work is paying off, and you are moving towards a future that you want.
Dreaming of walking downstairs implies that you’re about to encounter some arguments with your partner, or you’re about to encounter bad luck in your dating life. This dream urges you to be honest with yourself and with others to avoid problems.
If you watch someone walk downstairs, this denotes an uncomfortable encounter with someone in your waking life.
A dream where you sit down in the middle of a staircase implies that you are exhausted, or someone is about to take something important from you.
If you dream of a golden staircase, or an impossibly white staircase, this is a call to pay attention to your spiritual journey and figure out what really matters to you the most.
A dream where you see stairs in an odd place, such as in the middle of a beach or a forest, implies that you need to work on grounding yourself and work towards something that you want from life. You may feel directionless right now.
Slipping on the stairs in your dream denotes a minor mistake that won’t hold you back for very long, as long as you catch yourself in the dream.
Injuring yourself on a staircase implies that you need to take things easier, or you’re about to encounter some misfortune that will take a while to recover from.
If the staircase moves of its own accord (like the Grand Staircase in Harry Potter’s Hogwarts), this suggests that you feel life has its plans, no matter what you might be trying to achieve, you know that things won’t always go as you expect.
Consider The Type Of Stairs You See In Your Dream
Another thing to consider when trying to decipher your dream of stairs is to look at the stairs themselves.
A stone staircase implies that you have become less dependent on other people. You are familiar with the situation now, and you can handle it without a problem.
A wooden set of stairs can suggest that there is the potential for making a few mistakes soon, but these will mean you will have more experience going forward.
Long, stretching staircases suggest that you long for a break somewhere in waking life, and a spiral staircase means that you’re feeling confused or worried about what is ahead of you.
Impossibly stacked staircases reflect doubt in waking life, where a situation seems completely impossible to navigate.
Broken staircases in your dream refer to a loss of certainty or direction in life, while a newly-made set of stairs suggests a fresh path or motivation.
This Dream Is A Positive Sign, If:
- You see a golden set of stairs
- You climb stairs in your dream
- The stairs are easy to climb
- The stairs aren’t damaged
- You don’t fall down the stairs
- You feel positive when you see the stairs
- You see yourself looking down at how far you’ve come
Staircases in your dream reflect how you think your life is going right now.
Enjoying going upstairs, and seeing a different view or level implies good fortune and success while stumbling or falling down the stairs implies doubt and misfortune.
A staircase in your dream may be a call to evaluate how you think things are going, especially if you struggle to go up the stairs, or you can’t see a way forward.
This dream is your subconscious’ way of urging you to shape your life into something you will love, rather than what you might be settling for.
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