The ladder leading up to heaven seen by Jacob (Genesis 28:12) in a dream, when on his way to the town of Haran he laid his head on a stone by the side of the road, falling asleep.
A universal constant of the religious consciousness is the idea of a specific place where heaven and earth come together. It seems that, by accident, Jacob stumbled upon this sacred spot. Convinced that that was the right place, he erected a stone marker, naming it Beth-el (House of God).
According to the kabalistic view, Jacob's Ladder is a metaphorical representation of the powers of alchemy, operating through visible nature.
The " Ladder" was a "Rainbow," or prismatic staircase, placed between heaven and earth. Jacob's dream implied a history of the whole hermetic creation. There are only two original colors, red and blue, representing "spirit" and "matter," for orange is red mixing with the yellow light of the sun, yellow is the radiance of the sun itself, green is blue and yellow, indigo is blue tinged with red, and violet is produced by the blending of red and blue. The sun is alchemic gold, and the moon is alchemic silver. In the operation of these two potent spirits, or mystic rulers of the world, it is supposed astrologically that all mundane things were produced.
Talismans in the shape of miniature ladders were very common in antiquity, representing the means to ascent to heaven.
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