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What Do Dreams About Stairs Mean and How to Interpret Them?

What do Dreams About Stairs Mean?
What's on our mind when we dream about staircases? Spiral, ascending, descending, or leading us nowhere-seeing stairs in dreams is symbolic to transition at a very personal level. Know more on these interpretations of what do dreams about stairs mean, in this PsycholoGenie post.
Dhanashree Patane
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2018
"Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions."
- Edgar Cayce
How many times have we trodden irrelevant territories of the dream world? Well, most often. Have you ever seen stairs in your dreams? Well, I did. And with that, my mind was left in confusion, and since then I have been wondering as to why I saw myself climbing endless stairs. Here's why ...

Stairs have a strong, symbolic importance in dreams. Universally, they portray transition. They lead our mind to a different or higher world. This transition may be spiritual, emotional, physical, or mental. Most often, dreaming about stairs is also very closely related to change and growth in an individual's life, sometimes which is mostly financial and materialistic.

In the following write-up, we will look at more interpretations, and travel deep to decode dreams that include stairways.
Interpretations of Stairs in Dream
Businessman goals
✩ Dreams about stairs are a strong sign of personal growth. Stairs may indicate the action of walking or climbing, which involves their contact with our feet. This is a strong sign of transition or a change at a very personal level. Growth in terms of knowledge or spirituality is also associated with staircases. Stairs may be an indicator of the progress you are making to reach higher levels.
Staircase entrance in home
The location of the stairs is also an important factor to consider when interpreting dreams. If you see stairs at a public place or unknown place, it defines the issues that are related to your behavior and interactions with the outer world. Try to place the location of the stairs; it can either be a place you routinely visit or a dwelling.
Businessman running on stairs in street
✩ If you see yourself running up and down the stairs in a confusing manner, it perhaps means that you are not able to handle a lot of issues in your life at the same time. So, slow down and deal with each one at a time. However, if you see yourself gracefully walking up and down the stairs, it signifies that you are capable of multitasking and can easily handle many issues simultaneously.
Woman on stairs
Walking up the stairs is a good sign. It represents the transition to a higher level of understanding, consciousness, spiritual growth, and emotional balance. Stairs leading upwards are also indicative of materialistic gains and success. On an emotional level, these dreams may be indicative of opening your mind and expressing your feelings without hesitation.
Businessman walking down steps
Walking down the stairs is a sign of suppressing thoughts of your subconscious mind and failures that you may be dealing with, in your current life.
The very act of walking down the stairs is indicative of hesitation, and regression to your subconscious mind. It shows the surfacing of low thoughts like anger and frustration. It may also be indicative of reconsidering past issues and events of your waking life, and analyzing them to fix or develop your emotional state of mind. Climbing down is not always a negative sign. It may not be symbolic to losing or failing materialistic issues and gains. It may be a sign of discovering your deeper self.
✩ If you sense fear when climbing down the stairs, it means, that you are scared to face your suppressed thoughts and negative feelings. Fear of getting down is also symbolic of failure to acknowledge issues or events of the past.
Businessman falling on stairs
✩ If you fall or slip when climbing down, it may be a sign of low self-confidence or confusion with a decision or judgment for a certain issue in your waking life. You may be pushing yourself too hard to get rid of certain things or thoughts of your past life.
It may indicate your fears, lack of confidence, and trust in your abilities. If you see yourself falling or tripping when climbing up, it may be indicative of the fact that you are rushing in to complete tasks. You may also be going too fast in digging your subconscious mind, when you are actually not prepared to deal with the revelations of your repressed thoughts.
Climbing up and down the stairs represents confusion. You may be trying to come to new conclusions but your mind keeps changing about the same.
Businesswoman climbing stairway
✩ If you are standing at the bottom of the stairs and looking up to climbing, it indicates that you may be thinking of taking up a new task which is going to lead you to success and growth. In the same way, if you are looking down the stairs while standing on the top, you may be fearing a fall or a descent regarding a certain achievement in your waking life.
Old and broken stairs
✩ The condition of stairs, like an old stair or a shiny new one, can also be of help. When you see old and broken stairs, they are often symbolic of events in the past or your old thoughts. It can relate to some issue of the past that you are avoiding, which you need to attend to. New stairs may mean current and new issues in your waking life that you have not paid attention to till now.
A golden staircase in the dreams is often related to death and the stairway to heaven. However, it may not be the case always. A golden staircase may also mean the death of our thoughts and old beliefs. It may be symbolic of the realization that happiness can be found outside the physical and materialistic realms. It may be a sign of living a content life.
Spiral staircase
Staircases that are winding or are spiral may be symbolic of rebirth and the significant journey to self-discovery. And yes, not a literal physical rebirth. You may be entering a completely new phase in your life. Your mind may have awakened to a newer 'you', which can be termed as 'rebirth'. Renewal of thoughts, ideals, and some important issues in your life may also be related to winding stairs.
Dreams about stairs can be vague and subjective. Only after relating every element in the dream can one conclude its symbolism. We say, always extract the positive lessons from your dream. Every dream has a hidden lesson of wisdom and growth. Keep a dream journal, and you may be surprised to see how easily it leads you to self-discovery.