Jacobs Ladder & Vedic Ascension


From an earlier post (link in comments), you will recall that a ladder was placed against a vertical "yupa pole" resembling a coptic cross; thus, representing the Axis of the World. Climbing up the ladder, the male "sacrificer" would exclaim: 'Come,wife, ascend we to the sky!', which she would answer with: 'Ascend we.'

In the ceremony, the ladder has seven steps representing the seven steps of a Vedic stupa reaching to heaven. In Babylonia, this was represented by a seven-step Ziggurat tower. Indeed, the ritual climbing of a ladder or steps to reach God was likely part of both Orphic as well as Mithraic initiations.

In the case of the Mithraic mysteries, the ceremonial ladder was called a "climax" and had seven rungs, each made from a different metal. Ascending this ladder represented passing through the seven heavens to reach Empyrean, the dwelling-place of God.

In every case, the ladder is symbolic of the stepped pyramid and transcendental Mount Meru of the Rig-Veda. At the top was the Golden Eye or Oracabessa - the point of enlightenment. This was Vedic Shambhala, Hebrew Shamayim and the Christian Heaven.

However, it was the entheogenic communion that actually transported one to the divine realm. The ritual of climbing the ladder was presumably a ceremony one performed after taking the sacramental communion. As the communion took effect, the ceremony helped "open the Sun gate" and created a guiding framework for religious visions.

The story of Jacob's "dream" in Beth-El (meaning "House of God") was no doubt an adaptation of the ancient Vedic ceremony and Mithraic initiation. After his trip, the rock upon which he had laid his head became sacred and the source of divine inspiration. After all, Mithra was believed born from a rock.

Placing it vertical and anointing it with oil, it became a symbol for the World Axis and yupa pole. In Beth-El he thus proclaimed:

"And this stone which I have set up for a pillar shall be 'God's House.'"

From this ascension ceremony and holy communion came the Rock of St. Peter - the cornerstone of the Roman Church.