The Ladder Archetype is an archetype that answers the Big Question, "How do I heal and reconnect?" The answer is that you must climb a ladder out of darkness in order to heal and reconnection.
Australian Aboriginal culture makes use of the ladder archetype to describe the spiritual journey towards connection. "The “ladder” that must be climbed reflects the various stages of spiritual development that a karadji must undergo on his spiritual journey"
A.E. Waite's poem, A ladder of life, expresses this ladder archetype.
- Cowan, James. “Wild Stones: Spiritual Discipline and Psychic Power Among Aboriginal Clever Men” 17, no. 1 & 2 (1985).