Ladder of life

Ladder of Life is a very inclusive term used by many occult schools and religions. In its profoundest sense it is interchangeable with The¬†Hermetic¬†Chain or The Golden Chain. Mainly, it refers to the ascending grades or stages of the universe’s development and also of the spiritual, mystical, and occult ascent of the¬†adept. Examples of this Ladder are seen in various teachings: in¬†Hinduism, the Ladder of the¬†Brahmins; in the¬†Kabbalah, the Ladder to the En Sof; in¬†Judaism,¬†Jacob’s Ladder; the Ladder of¬†Mithraism; and John of the Ladder, symbolizing Christian ascent. For the¬†Alchemists, Rosicrucians, and¬†Theosophists¬†the Ladder was a key symbol.¬†A.G.H.


Riland, George.The New Steinerbooks Dictionary of Paranormal. New York Warner Books, Inc. 1980 p. 16