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Adam Lambert in the Garden of Darkness and Light

February 3, 2012

With the release of the video for ‘Better Than I Know Myself,” we are reminded of something we wrote back in the early summer of 2009, which seems both prescient and relevant. Here it is, excerpted from Chapter 2 of  On the Meaning of Adam Lambert. More thoughts to follow…

The Messiah Pose

The photo, the imagery: lips puckered, serpentine belt, arms outstretched – head tilted back – eyes closed – bare arms – ripped jeans

I believe that Adam uses symbols to communicate with an audience as this does, or to keep him safe as his Egyptian God tattoo does. Every item of clothing, each accoutrement is strategically considered, as is the choreography.

Here’s the Serpent in the Old Testament:  Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ “

“You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3:1-5)

My summary description

He’s the dangerous boy your dad warned you about, tattooed, ripped jeans, earrings, long hair and that very symbol of lust and evil – the serpent. Makes him a “must-have-him” obsession for us.

In this pose he looks like that boy, asking for forgiveness for what he’s just done, not in this standing pose, but lying down. Completely open in anticipation, lips awaiting a kiss, arms ready to fold around a loving body?  Serpentine belt removed with one hand while the other feels for the z – oh no…. have to stop or I’ll fall off my chair, go unconscious, the police will bang the door down and find this open on my computer!!

For now


By xena princess warrior on 07/08/2009 8:57 pm


Asking for forgiveness? There’s not a shred of guilt or remorse in that boy! He’s asking for love. He’s inviting you to go with him, wherever he wants to take you. And we’ll all go there with him!!

By Juneau Underwood on 07/08/2009 10:40 pm


Can’t he pretend to be someone other than Adam? You are right that he never feels guilt or remorse and has said so many times.


By xena princess warrior on 07/08/2009 11:27 pm


OK, Xena, you did have to bring up the Garden of Eden, and now I have to release my thoughts on this subject, although this is still a work in progress. Here goes nothing…

“You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:1-5)

And the serpent is correct, for there are two trees in the middle of the garden: not only the Tree of Knowledge but also the Tree of Life. Now, this story always struck me as a complete set-up, for it is inevitable that Eve will be drawn to taste the fruit and to offer it to Adam. And why not? Does God really want his best creation to remain in a state of blind obedience, no better than a puppy? God has to want humans to have Knowledge, for without it, humans cannot appreciate the full glory of Creation. Without Knowledge, humans cannot aspire for transcendence, to become one with the Angels. But Knowledge also comes with a price: We are no longer happy, innocent creatures. We perceive our beast-nature and are ashamed of it. (Here one can truly say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing…) We are cast out of the Garden, so that we may not taste of the other tree, the Tree of Life. And the rest is History, an unrelenting struggle between our beast-nature and angel-nature.

In Judaism, God offers another path back to Eternity, through an earthly Tree of Life, the Torah. In Torah, the way to Eternity is not through following rules (although there are plenty of them). The way to Eternity is through the experience of Transcendence in the here and now, by fully experiencing the miracle of creation, which is around us all the time, in every molecule we breathe, but which we generally fail to appreciate. We imagine that the sacred is something that stands apart from the every day. Sometimes it does help to put yourself in that kind of space. But the sacred is all around us, all the time, if we open our minds to it. (It’s just so damned hard, when you have hungry children and deadlines, along with feelings of pride, guilt, shame, jealousy, covetousness, etc.)

We achieve transcendence when we reconcile our beast-nature and angel-nature. Which brings me to our latter-day Adam, he who embodies the beast-angel, so purely and vibrantly inhabiting his lovely flesh, brimming with erotic energy and overflowing with a voice like Praise. He is totally channeling the cosmic force. In him, “bad” and “good” merge completely. Sleazy morphs into sublime. When we consume him, we experience a shattering of those false dichotomies within us, and we feel Whole. Dare I say this is an experience of Transcendence?

By Juneau Underwood on 07/09/2009 12:00 am

20 Comments leave one →
  1. annehedonia permalink
    February 3, 2012 1:37 pm

    Ladies both, I loved every word of your dialogue! (You know I’m a sucker for this sort of deep-meaning exploration of “Himself”!)

    What each of you have said has provided a good deal of grist for further musing. I might throw in another angle on the significance of the snake from a non-Judeo-Christian point of view… The snake biting its own tail is a symbol for eternity – the ouroboros. When twisted into a Mõbius strip, it becomes the infinity symbol (as in Adam’s first tattoo). I tend to think of Adam as the prototypical Magician from the Tarot deck, who wears an ouroboros for a belt and who has an infinity symbol hovering over his head. The Magician knows how to harness all of the energies, light & dark, of the unseen world, to manifest the reality he wants to experience.

    • February 3, 2012 2:44 pm


      Imagery, metaphore, interpretation, symbolism, are limitless when it comes to Adam, whether it’s terrestrial Adam or his extra-terrestrial doppelganger. Conscious or sub. Thanks for enhancing our experience with the “ouroboros” and The Magician! Adam has been playing with snakes for a while now. FYE video, Rolling Stone cover…..

      We’re working on the “Better Than I Know Myself” video – independently. Wonder what Juneau will come up with this time?


      • annehedonia permalink
        February 3, 2012 3:37 pm

        I’ll be anxiously awaiting the two takes on the BTIKM vid~ ALWAYS great interplay between the two of you.

      • February 3, 2012 4:07 pm

        Oh boy, can’t wait for this !!!

        This video is perfect. So revealing and intimate. He was right when he said he was letting us in to his deep and inner self.

        I’m lovin’ what I see …

  2. February 3, 2012 4:38 pm

    It’s all about lust, isn’t it? We love him….we lust after him. Can’t help ourselves. No-one else does that to me. How about you?

    • February 6, 2012 3:43 pm

      Sandy, You are so right! No one in all my 65 years has touched me in the way that Adam has. I have grown up with many singers, but the connection I feel with Adam, is still so amazing to me. I think the way he lets us into his heart and soul is so disarming, and it knocks me for a loop. We want Adam in every which way possible. I’ll take the dark, the light, and everything in between!

  3. Mary S permalink
    February 3, 2012 5:49 pm

    Wow!!! This is downright spooooooooooky! Black and white; good and evil–then and now. Seems that Adam has a theme. It was absolutely bizarre when I showed the video to my four-year-old grandaughter, Kinley. She was totally mesmerized and kept pushing the replay button. She asked about and observed everything. “What is good Adam trying to give bad Adam?”. “Bad Adam looks like a vampire.”. “I like bad Adam. He makes me sad.” “Look! He has one black earring and one white one.” I asked her if she was going to watch it again and she said she was going to watch it a thousand times. She was acting out the scenes in the most adorable dramatic fashion. She had a look of angst on her face as she pulled her fingers down her face while watching the scene where “bad” Adam pulled the makeup down his face. I absolutely know that Adam has a power to make us feel and, yes, Sandy, we just can’t help ourselves. His mojo is just too strong! Even my young granddaughter gets it.

    Can’t wait to see Juneau’s next write-up. She has such a gift of putting it all into words!!

    • Mary S permalink
      February 5, 2012 10:10 am

      Ahhhhh…..was trying to remember where I wrote this stuff about my four-year-old granddaughter. Yesterday, I posted this video on Twitter. You can see for yourself. She is mesmerized.

      She actually looks like I did when I first saw Adam–singing Black or White! Crazy synchronicity! I was totally hooked and haven’t shifted.

      And Glamberts seem to really be loving and getting her attraction. So sweet!

      • February 6, 2012 1:05 am

        OMG, this is just precious. Just don’t let her get her hands on a bottle of tequila or a lighter! LOL! -J

      • February 6, 2012 9:08 am

        Loved this! She is adorable and we can all relate!!!!

        • Mary S permalink
          February 6, 2012 12:10 pm

          The heart-breaking follow up to this video is that it seems to have deepened a rift in my relationship with my daughter’s family. They absolutely hate Adam–not for his singing but because he is gay. They have “tolerated” my Glambertism, making light of it and teasing me about it. But they don’t want Kinley involved. Makes me sad–for her and me.

        • February 6, 2012 1:40 pm

          Oh Mary, that’s a shame. There’s not even anything “gay” in the video, not that that should matter either. Who else does your daughter’s family want to cross off the list of people Kinley shouldn’t know about? Alexander the Great? Socrates? Michelangelo? Leonardo? Francis Bacon? Walt Whitman? Tchaikovksy? Cole Porter? Stephen Sondheim? Leonard Bernstein? Tennessee Williams? Eleanor Roosevelt? Ellen? The list goes on. Large sections of textbooks will need to be excised… Sorry for the rant. xoxo J

        • Mary S permalink
          February 6, 2012 2:09 pm

          Tell me about it, Juneau!! This is what Adam goes thru. My daughter’s family hates everybody, so it is not just about gays. But it is hard to watch. I just don’t want that sweet child in the middle. She is a gift to that family. Trust me.

      • February 6, 2012 3:38 pm

        What a beautiful child, Mary! I hope she always stays this way. Maybe her pure heart will somehow shine a light on your DD family.

        • February 6, 2012 4:38 pm

          I agree with Rosemary. You have probably influenced her more than you will ever know and that is one of the reasons your daughter and her family are so upset about it. Without all of the wonderful people in Juneau’s list just think how different the world would be!!

        • Mary S permalink
          February 6, 2012 10:13 pm

          Beautiful comment, Rosemary! And, yes, Kinley is an amazing angel with a very pure heart and has already been a gift to that family. She has softened them in many ways.

  4. Cyndy Overgaag permalink
    February 3, 2012 7:26 pm

    Symbolism of the pomegranate..thought to be the original forbidden fruit, not an apple. Did the Mayans predict Adam coming into our souls?

    • October 19, 2012 8:50 pm

      He’s a prototype of the Galactic Human, so he does represent the Mayan galactic (may I say PURPLE) energy. The Serpent Rope (star-gate). Yes, it was a pomegranate and became an apple in colder climes. Hey, Freddie Mercury said in an interview that he’d do what he’d do and then go someplace else and grow his own pomegranates (Rhye=pomegranate or “flow/discharge” – Queengasm?). 😀
      The Adam of the Bible is King Dumuzi (played by Freddie in “I want to break free”) and “Bert the Lamb” is one from his flock of like-fleeced creatures – I am just in awe of how this whole thing is playing out! First he sings some (rather good) song in some (horrible) film, and the next thing I know he’s in my frickin’ soul! Universe, you rock…

  5. IsabelR permalink
    February 6, 2012 1:35 pm

    Mary S,
    I’m so sorry about your DD’s family getting mad about involving little K in the Glambertinae. It’s so much fun to share a passion with a loved one. And it certainly won’t hurt her any.

    • Cyndy Overgaag permalink
      February 6, 2012 7:48 pm

      Tell your daughter’s family about Adam’s involvement with Donor’s Choose…helping children.

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