Trinity: First Point of Contact
There’s a reason we are starting with Trinity (portrayed by Carrie-Anne Moss) aside from her being the first character we meet in the movie. In the kabbalistic scheme of things, she strongly relates to the attribute of Malkhut/Kingdom, which is the beginning of the “path of the One.” Neo’s first contact with something from outside of the Matrix “world of concealment.”
The emanation of Malkhut is associated with our physical world, which is the Matrix world in the movies. If you look at the Tree of Life diagram below, you see that it is ‘furthest’ from the emanation of Crown/Keter (the Source).
This gives Malkhut the unique property of ‘acquiring’ from all of that comes before it. It enables Trinity to be at the receiving end of information and thought from all the other characters, programs, and the situations she observes. One could argue that she is the most complex character in the movies.
This is in accordance with viewing the path of the Tree of Life “from the top down.”
The term Malkhut, and other words and phrases associated with it, are feminine both grammatically and in relation to function. This includes terms like; Shekinah (divine presence), Kallah (bride) and Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit).
It’s not without irony that the term “Holy Spirit” is usually referred to in the masculine gender in English-language New Testaments.
As we heard at the beginning of their very first conversation:
Neo: I just thought, um…you were a guy.
Trinity: Most guys do.
Trinity as “Divine Presence”
The initial role played by Trinity is one of Neo’s connection to something within the Matrix, that “comes from the real world,” outside of the Matrix.
Here, she functions in the role of what is called the Shekinah, (shek-ih-nah) which is the kabbalistic term for the “divine presence,” in our physical “World of Concealment.”
The “path of the One” begins here, with this contact. In fact, everyone’s ‘path’ begins at Malkhut/Shekinah.
This is in accordance with viewing the path of the Tree of Life “from the bottom up.”
Trinity and Neo: Matrix Love Story
In kabbalah, personal terms are often utilized to explain spiritual concepts. These include; Father, Mother, Son, Daughter, Groom and Bride. These spiritual personae are known as ‘partzufim’ (singular: ‘partzuf.’)
The idea of the divine ‘bride,’ also associated with Malkhut and our world, is especially important. Naturally, if there is a bride there has to be a groom.
The “love story” between the divine groom and bride, is a highly discussed topic in kabbalistic literature. Bringing them together is symbolic of correcting the separation between our physical world (connected to the bride) and all spiritual reality beyond our world (relating to the groom).
This theme is also at the core of the Matrix trilogy, represented by the relationship between Neo and Trinity. In Matrix terms, this will eventually amount to doing away with the false reality of the Matrix and returning to a peaceful existence. There are steps along this chain of events, however, including a much larger-scale “awakening from below” that we will see in Matrix 4.
The connection between Neo and Trinity resembles that of the biblical Jacob and Rachel, even to the point of how Trinity and Rachel each die, “along on the way to their source,” having empowered their mate (Neo/Jacob) to continue on to make a higher connection.
Seek and It Will Find You
Trinity’s response to Neo’s “searching,” is a kabbalistic concept called, “bringing close the distant ones.” (Kiruv Rechokim). The idea is that when we seek something in truth, that truth will reward our sincerity with what we need to advance. It could be a book, a conversation, a dream, even a ‘chance’ meeting with someone helpful.
As Trinity said to Neo;
“The answer is out there, Neo. It’s looking for you. And it will find you, if you want it to.”
Because Neo responds positively to the situation he finds himself in, he is enabled to take the next step on the “Path of the One.” He next meets Morpheus, functioning at the connective emanation of Yesod/Foundation.
A Reminder About the Attributes
Keep in mind going forward that the human characters throughout the Matrix movies, just like us, contain the complete array of the ten emanations within them. Some are simply more active or passive than others in certain people. This is what gives us our unique personalities and skill sets. Also, certain attributes become more or less energized in specific situations.
This being the case, Trinity is not ‘only’ Malkhut, nor is Morpheus ‘only’ Yesod, as mentioned in the examples above. In these instances, we are discussing their attributes with regard to the first parts of Neo’s journey.