9 Steps

In the mediaeval system there was a ladder with steps of creation. The simplest version had three steps which corresponded to the 3 Kingdoms of animal, mineral and vegetable. A more complex version, called the ladder of intellect shifted these to steps 2, 4 and 5 respectively in a hierachy that began with stone and ended with God: God Angel Heaven 3 Worlds Human Beast 3 Kingdoms Plant 3. Kingdoms Flame 4 Elements Stone 3 Kingdoms. A Christian version also evolved with a series of steps up a mountain recalling the Life Of Christ: Ascension Resurrection Crucifixion Stigmata Gethsemane Last Supper Transfiguration Temptation Baptism Way of Initiation