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A structure, often portable, for climbing up and down; consists of two parallel sides joined by a series of crosspieces that serve as footrests.
A wooden object consisting of two side pieces connected to each other at regular intervals by rungs; used for climbing up or down during construction, or used as a temporary stair.
A frame, usually of wood or metal, consisting of two side pieces (called “stiles”) which are connected by crosspieces, usually round (called “rungs”); used as a means of climbing up or down.
walking under one can bring only misfortune. [Western Folklore: Leach, 598]
See: Luck, Bad
stood upon by Joseph to remove nails holding Christ to the cross. [Christian Symbolism: Appleton, 55]
See: Passion of Christ
Ascension or descension on a ladder may be an unconscious reflection of your movement toward a goal. Ascending is generally a more positive symbol than descending. The ladder is suggestive of hard work and exertion of energy. The ladder may also be symbolic of the “way to heaven.” You can decide whether the heaven is here on earth or in the forever after! Missing rungs may symbolize missing elements or hardships and handicaps that you could be (or are) encountering on your ascent to better and bigger things.