If the dreamer is climbing the stairs, then he is “on his way to the top.” If the staircase is bright and cheery, the climb to the top will be easy and pleasant. But if the staircase is dark and frightening, the dreamer may have to face some unpleasant situations before he gets to where he wants to be.
If the dreamer is descending the staircase, and the staircase is a pleasant one, then he may soon complete a difficult task and be able to relax for awhile. But if the staircase is dark and gloomy, or the dreamer is falling down the stairs, then the dreamer may be in danger of being “on his way down.” Look to other symbols in the dream to judge how this can be prevented.
If someone known to the dreamer is either climbing or descending the staircase, depending on whether the dreamer is at the top or the bottom, that person is either rising or descending to meet the dreamer.
If an unknown male figure is either climbing or descending the staircase, then the dreamer’s intellect will be challenged in some way.
If it’s an unknown female figure, then emotional matters will either rise to a major turning point, or fall to a level of normalcy.
Astrological parallels: Saturn, Uranus, Pluto Tarot parallel: The Wheel of Fortune