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Some thoughts about Matrix and the Jungian Quaternity

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

Matrix is a kind of movie, which speaks in symbolical language and gives extra meaning with each re-watch.

It is one of the best description of the Hero's Journey and there are several studies published about that. I would like to give a brave trial to write about just one segment of it, and I would like to leave it open for progression.


Jung gave us deep studies about hermetic philosophy and the Philosopher stone. He stated that the Stone symbolize wholeness, same as the Mandala.


'Reduce your stone to the four elements, rectify and combine them into one, and you will have the whole magistery.' Tractatus Aurelius


My idea is to find quaternities and Jungian symbols in the movie.



LAPIS means the round stone, which unites the four elements: Water, Air, Earth and Fire.

I found two opposing pairs here:

If Architect represents the Mind above All ('All is Mind' - Kybellion) - Logic, counting and balancing the equation; Masculine principle, Animus The Sun, The Father, Apollo;

the Oracle represents the Heart, Intuition, unbalancing the equation, Feminine principle, Anima, The Mother, Luna, The Moon.

Meanwhile the other pair is Mercury/Gemini - The Son - which symbolizes Jesus and the Devil/Snake,as the two opponent forces, the consciousness and the unconsciousness - Neo and Smith.


If Adam Cadmon - the Filius Philosophorum wants to be whole, he needs to descent to the Hell (Hades and Persephone here the Frenchman and his wife) and later ascent to the Selbst to complete the journey (as above so below). The Selbst (here the Source) is the One. The Selbst also has the Corpus Toxicum, the philosopher's water, which is able to change Mercurius to be able to accept the unconscoius or devil part.


Jung said until the water and fire elements are united into fiery - water, the union can not be made.

Jung also speaks about Melusina as a watery spirit, able to see the future, create storms and has healing power. Melusina is the one who trigger the unconsciousness for individualization. Does that mean that in this sense Melusina represents the Oracle/Anima as well? In that line, could the Jungian symbol Ares represent Smith as the fire element and the salamander, the snake, which chasing the seeker forward, which in the end dissolve the Oracle in himself? Jung was speaking about the process when the unconsciousness dissolves the intuition if conscious logic is unable to comprehend it. Still for the whole person we need to unite both opposing parts, the conscious-unconscious, Jesus and the Devil, Logos and Agape.


Jung said that the secret is in the hermetic vessel. The wisdom in the vessel, which was gained by the individualization can lead Neo to the union.

Neo once claimed that the problem was in the choice/freewill. Jung said that sacred union has to happen in the heart. If the heart filled with air, it can break out and ascent to the Selbst. Can it be said that the free will is the key to the equition? It could be the reason for the human part to understand without pain their is no progress, without sacrifice their is no salvation.


And at last an extra quaternity for the feminine-roles.

Captain Niobe has a supporting role with a deep symbolical meaning. She is between two men; one, who represents hope (Morpheus) and one, who represents doubt (Commander Locke). Niobe is the one who takes the ship called Logos (Logos means Hermes as well) to go through the salvation from below to above to save the dock.

With this meaning, she became the part of an other quaternity of Jung, which is: Agape-Logos-Eros-Serpent or Oracle-Niobe-Trinity-Neo.


These are few thoughts and questions came to mind. If there is any expert out there, I am open for new ideas...


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