Persephone – the Almost Trinity
Persephone (played by Monica Bellucci), as with other ‘minor’ characters in the Matrix trilogy, represents a particular spiritual concept. Hers plays an important role in why she goes behind her husband’s back to bring Neo, Morpheus and Trinity to the Keymaker.
Persephone and the Merovingian are a ‘corrupted’ version of the divine “bride and groom” concept. In this way, Persephone relates to Trinity, even to the point of the kiss she shares with Neo, to get a sense of what might have been. She is keenly aware of the potential of love and what the kiss means.
Unfortunately, it seems both her and her husband’s egos ran amuck as they utilized their powers for their own sensual desires.
The path to the Source, specifically the attribute of Yesod/Foundation, is closed to self-centeredness, which is one reason why Neo succeeds where others failed.
Is She “All Bad?”
Persephone seems to have some ‘redemptive’ qualities. After all, she did provide access to the Keymaker, who played a critical role along the path of the One.
Was this an act of true benevolence on her part? Before we hand her a “kindness award,” let’s take a deeper look.
Like Trinity, Persephone relates to the final sefirah of Malkhut, the last of the ten emanations. As such, all of the energy that descends, “pours into it.” Malkhut functions in a purely ‘receptive’ manner regarding the path of this flow.
This energy can be ‘positive’ (toward the goal of returning to the Source) or ‘negative’ (countering that). As Malkhut (and all elements in existence) was designed for the purpose of restoring balance, it does not respond well to the negative elements. In fact, it has its limits regarding such.
When Malkhut is ‘overwhelmed’ by such things, it is designed to react in a specific way – what we call a “reset button.” This can be on a small or universal scale.
With Persephone, even she can only ‘tolerate’ so much of the Merovingian’s behaviors. When she becomes ‘full’ of this negativty, the attribute of gevurah/judgment within her strengthens against the Merovingian.
In her own way, she ‘unbalances the equation’ (as the Oracle called it) within their world by ‘betraying’ him.
Her similarity to Trinity, and her understanding of the shared concept of their ‘limits,’ are summed up in her one line from the Matrix Revolutions movie:
Persephone: She’ll do it. If she has to, she’ll kill every one of us. She’s in love.
We discuss this in further detail in our profile on Sati.
(If you’re wondering “why Sati?,” let’s just say she will have a significant “Malkhut” role in the next movie.)