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 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:
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.
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
Yesod – Netzach - Hod
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,
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.”
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.
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"
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
Wisdom comes into being from nothing.
- Job: 28:12
Alternately, the right side draws from Chokmah/Wisdom, the root of Morpheus' strength and the Merovingian’s weakness.