winding stairs was a tittle of yeats collection of poem
"spinning top" The poem goes further in characterising the nature of this trance, looking at its subjective reality, the timelessness of a single moment, and the paradoxical meeting of life and death. The whole vision is placed within ‘the mind’s eye’, though entirely solid, and the ‘Mind moved yet seemed to stop /As ’twere a spinning-top’ caught in a gyre of thought, in motion yet still. The moment is ‘so stretched. . . out’ by the three figures that they are out of time
"Gyre"one of Yeats' theory centers on a diagram composed of two conical spirals, one situated inside the other, so that the widest part of one cone occupies the same plane as the tip of the other cone, and vice versa. Around these cones he imagined a set of spirals. Yeats claimed that this image of the gyre, a spiraling form or swirling vortex, captured contrary motions inherent within the process of history, and he divided each gyre into different regions that represented particular kinds of historical periods (and could also represent the phases of an individual's psychological development).
Yeats uses the word 'gyre' in many of his poems, including The Second Coming. This is a metaphor for the return to consciousness or the Christ Consciousness, One and the Same.
The prophecies of a Second Coming are various and span across many religions and cultures. Most notable is the Christian and Muslim belief in the return of Jesus. Another is Maitreya (Pali: Metteyya), a bodhisattva, prophesied by Gautama Buddha to be the next Buddha who will return to restore Buddhism when it becomes lost or corrupt
A spiral that winds around its center in a clockwise direction may be considered constructive and one that moves in the opposite direction destructive. Spirals are found in Biblical whirlwinds, in ceremonial dances (an inward then outward spiral represents the cycle of death and rebirth)