- May 2020
Finally, and as fundamentally as there is a numerical memory and a dia-lectical memory, there is a geometry of memory too. Almost every monas-tic mnemotechnical scheme—ladders, roses, buildings, maps—was based ongeometrical figures: squares, rectangles, triangles, circles, and complex refor-mations of these, including three-dimensional structures
She doesn't mention it, but they're not only placing things in order for potential memory purposes, but they're also placing an order on their world as well.
Ladders and steps were frequently used to create an order of beings as in the scala naturae or the Great Chain of Being.
Some of this is also seen in Ramon Lull's Ladder of Ascent and Descent of the Mind, 1305 (Ars Magna)