Much as you would probably expect if you have ever perused a dream dictionary before, the dream symbol of a staircase is related to progress. When you are ascending a staircase in a dream it means that you are reaching a higher level of understanding on a basic level. This understanding could be due to an increase in spiritual activity or perhaps even emotional understanding, but no matter what the case, the meaning of dream about climbing up the stairs means that you are reaching new heights in your quest for knowledge. Even if you have not specifically been trying to increase your spirituality or your intelligence recently, a dream about stairs can be a great indicator that you have been making progress even if it has been mostly without your knowledge.
To dream about climbing up a winding staircase is a little bit different. The dream meaning of a winding staircase is the turning over of a new leaf, or a kind of renewal. So if you happen to dream that you are ascending a winding staircase, combining the two essential dream meanings of the two symbols, it is clear that this means you are making progress towards a new kind of renewal in your life. You are finally reaching new areas that you may have not even been aware of before. This is an intense journey of self discovery that you are embarking on, and this is what the winding staircase is there for, to remind you of that.
However, walking down a staircase does not necessarily mean the opposite of progress on a physical level, but it does on an emotional level. While walking up the stairs may mean that you are making yourself more open to expressing your feelings and dealing with pent up emotions, walking down the stairs signifies your desire to repress your feelings. If you have dreams where you are walking up the stairs that suddenly become dreams where you are walking down the stairs, you must urge yourself to re-examine the progress you've made recently and think of anything that may be holding you back.
No matter which direction you are walking in, a dream interpretation states that if you are walking up or down the stairs and trip or fall, this indicates lack of self confidence. You do not believe in yourself and it is because of this lack of faith in your own abilities that you are allowing yourself to fall. You must take sure steps forward and know what you want in life in order to get where you really want to go. This is necessary knowledge. If you are afraid of going down the stairs for some reason, this indicates that you may be afraid of confronting some negative emotions you are having. The area at the bottom of the stairs in dreams often symbolizes your greatest losses and sad emotions, so if you don't want to face up to some of your most depressing thoughts, you may have dreams about being scared do descend the stairs. These are just a few common dream interpretations dealing with stairs.