Part 1. The Path of the Tzadik


The character of Trinity represents various aspects of the first emanation (from the “bottom”) of the Tree of Life, called Malkhut (Kingdom), which is associated with such things as the Shekinah (the ‘divine presence’ in the world); Rachel, the wife of Jacob; earthly Jerusalem; and more.

Malkhut is known in kabbalah as the 'first gate' as it is “closest” to us and the entry to the higher spiritual worlds. It is associated with the quality of humility. This is why the Tenakh tells us that G-d resists the proud but opens himself to the humble, and we are told to “seek first the Kingdom (Malkhut), then all else will be added.”

Neo's connection to Trinity is the first and most critical relationship in the story. It is because he "seeks first the Kingdom" (seeking what is beyond his world and connecting with Trinity after she “knocks” for him through his computer) that “all” (the truth of what is beyond the Matrix, etc.), is then “added to him."

Neo's first meeting with Trinity is in a peculiar setting of an odd nightclub – not a place he would have normally gone to, but he took the clue he had received (to 'follow the white rabbit') on faith, descending further into a very “dark” place within the Matrix world. We see several such places in the Matrix, where people “waste their lives away” with mundane pursuits. These are part of the “klippot” which are the “shells” that further cover the truth of reality for those in the Matrix.

An even bigger surprise for Neo is shown in their first dialog when he finds Trinity is female:

Neo: “I just were a guy.”
Trinity: “Most guys do.”

Trinity, being the representation of the 'real world' that exists beyond the Matrix, is equivalent to the divine presence (Shekinah) within the Matrix which is synonymous with Ruach haKodesh, Malkhut/Kingdom, etc, - all 'feminine' concepts having to do with the 'physical world' we live in, which mirrors the upper spiritual worlds.

Thus begins a behind the scenes 'love story' in the Matrix between the 'lower female' (“nukveh”) and the 'machiach in potential,' and how this all ascends through the worlds. 

Another concept to keep in mind is that each of the levels that Neo encounters/gains is associated with a Biblical character. The first gate of Malkhut/Kingdom is linked to David, (to whom the ‘future’ kingdom is promised.)

It is interesting to note that though we 'start at David' (Kingdom) 'the Kingdom' is yet to come. As the second movie trailer/poster stated (quoting a scene with the Oracle):

"Everything That Has A Beginning Has An End."

This is derived from the Sefer Yetzirah (the "Book of Formation") which says:

“The end [of a thing] is in its beginning and its beginning is in its end."

It should be noted, that Neo, like David, was ‘no angel’ before he embarked on the path. As Agent Smith correctly pointed out in their initial 'interrogation' scene, Neo was "guilty of virtually every computer crime we have a law for." He could have been another "Esau," which is what Smith tempts him with.

Yesod – Netzach - Hod

Just as the Matrix world of the movie corresponds to our physical world, it is not void of spirituality. Trinity is that aspect of spirituality/truth within the Matrix that Neo first finds. Neo's next connection after entering through the first “gate” (Trinity) is Morpheus, who functions at the second gate of Yesod (Foundation).

It is a principle of the Tree of Life that everything passing to/from the lower physical world from/to the spiritual worlds above, passes through Yesod. This is seen on most diagrams of the Tree where Malkut lies at the bottom with only a single path to it, descending from Yesod.

A main concept regarding Yesod is that of the “tzadik” – the righteous person dedicated to G-d and truth. The tzadik is the one who opens the pathway, not only for himself, but more importantly for his brethren.

The path to Yesod is a place of “choice” for the initiate.  It is where the challenges start and the real “walk” begins.  It is called “the path of the Tzadik.” The cover of the text, “Sha’are Orah” indicates a man grabbing on the Tree at the point of this path. (Click here to view.)

As Morpheus (who hints that he has attained the level of Yesod in this statement), says to Neo,

“… sooner or later you're going to realize just as I did that there's a difference between knowing the path (as he begins to learn through fight-training with Morpehus) and walking the path.

We also have the idea of the 'wings' of Yesod, which are the two Sefirot that directly interact with it. These are Moses on the right side of "force" at the Sefirah of Netzach (i.e., as prophet reaching up to G-d) and Aaron on the left side of "form" at the Sefira of Hod (i.e., as priest bringing down the restrictions of the Torah). Yesod functions along with Netzackh  on the right ‘pillar of mercy” with Chesed above it, and with Hod on the left ‘pillar of judgment’ with Gevurah above it. Each channels it dominating attributes to Yesod, which then connects to Malkhut.

Morpheus and the Merovingian represent contrasting characteristics of Yesod, each based on an imbalance of right and left. The basic difference between the two is as follows:

Morpheus operates through Yesod along the right path of Chesed-Netzach-Yesod-Malkhut. Chesed is the aspect of unlimited mercy. This right side of the Tree of Life is also that of “force” (with the left being the side of “form.” Netzach brings with it the concept of a proactive spark that initiates things. As such, Morpheus sought out Neo. Morpheus operates on “belief” in how he relates to the Matrix.

His “world view” is well summed up when he tells Neo:

“What you must learn is that these rules are no different than the rules of a computer system. Some of them can be bent. Others can be broken.

The Merovingian draws his Yesod power into the Matrix world along the left path of Gevurah-Hod-Yesod-Malkhut. Gevurah is the aspect of strict judgment and limitations. Hod is the aspect of 'reverberation' - it reacts and judges to what comes its way. Neo must go to him. The Merovingian  relates to the Matrix in a very different manner than Morpheus.

As he makes clear:

“You see there is only one constant. One universal. It is the only real truth. Causality. Action, reaction. Cause and effect.

Both men represent a characteristic of the tzadik, the righteous person. The tzadik is the one who 'makes the connection' between the 'physical' world below and ALL spiritual worlds above. Yesod/Foundation is in fact called by the word "Kol" ("All") among other names.

The Merovingian sees himself in this connective role - he calls himself the 'trafficker of information' and we're told nothing goes between the worlds without dealing with him. (A key function of Yesod, as already mentioned). “Merv” (as Trinity calls him) is however, all ego.

One of the major themes regarding the path of the tzadik (at the level of Yesod) is overcoming ego especially regarding sexual purity - where the Merovingian, as we see in the movie, fails. He had his opportunity, as his galpal Persephone said to Neo about him,

"He was like you, once" 

Neo, like Joseph with Potifar's wife passes the test of purity in his faithfulness to the character of Trinity (who represents the Shekinah, Rachel, Malkhut/Kingdom, Jerusalem below, etc.) Their 'connection' enables him to continue to 'climb the ladder' to the next level(s) in his 'messianic path' of becoming 'The One.' 

Each of these levels/spheres/sefirot is associated with a name of G-d as well as many associated 'cognomens'. Malkhut is linked to Adonai and Yesod is to both El Shaddai and El Chai, the latter having to do with 'life.' 

Looking at the idea of "life" (how we are to live) with regard to Yesod which is the "foundation" (yesod=foundation) of the characters of the Merovingian and Morpheus and how they draw from the respective attributes of the left and right sides:

Merovingian, being of the Left/Hod/Aaron/Torah represents this truth:

See, I set before you today LIFE and prosperity, death and destruction. - Deuteronomy 30:15

Morpheus, being of the Right/Netzach/Moshe/Emunah represents another truth:

The just shall LIVE by his faith - Habakkuk 2:4

Both characters had a 'deficiency.' The Merovingian had a warped sense of 'cause and effect' that made no room for faith, which is based in things 'nothing we see,' which is the aspect of Chokmah/Wisdom. As we are told,

 Wisdom comes into being from nothing. - Job: 28:12

Morpheus's faith was shaken because (as the Oracle expressed), He could not see beyond his level of Binah/Understanding.

The left side draws from this upper attribute of Binah/Understanding. This is the root of the Merovingian's 'strength' and Morpheus' 'weakness.'

Alternately, the right side draws from Chokmah/Wisdom, the root of Morpheus' strength and the Merovingian’s weakness.