Symbolically stairs can mean different things. A more Jungian approach is that in descending stairs, one is going into to the unconscious; the hero is going into the underworld. In ascending, one is climbing into consciousness; the hero is returning to life. There are of course many other meanings, but these "feel" right to me.
In downtown St. Thomas there are a lot of stairs that climb from street level up a hillside to the next street level. They are a kind of shortcut and have been used for hundreds of years.
The most famous set of stairs is call 99 Steps on Government Hill. Tourist climb it to reach Blackbeard's Castle and tour the old homes on the hill.
There are actually more than 99 steps, but who's counting?
These stairs are also on Government Hill. Government House is on the right, the old Lutheran Parsonage is on the left.
Then there are the more homely stairs, the ones tourist never see, never explore.
Many steps are in disrepair, as are the ones on the right in this picture above. I'd like to spend time and photograph all the stairs downtown before they disappear entirely.
Most days (unless it was raining) I was dropped off at the stairs on Bunker Hill and walked down them to go to school. It's no wonder stairs have sometimes made an appearance in my dreams.
Do you have street stairs in your town? Stairs in your home? Ever dream of stairs?