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Goddess Salon - November 2006: Riane Eisler
This month’s featured guest is Riane Eisler, author of The
Chalice and The Blade. Riane is one of the thinkers and writers
who have made the most use of Marija’s findings, in her
works outlining the clash between ‘dominator’ and
cooperative cultural strands. Her interview was one of the most
fascinating—and was a living example of the irony that in
creative works, we often have to cut what we most love, for as
the flow of the film developed, it went away from the material
we had hoped to use. But we are thrilled to be able to offer it
in the Behind the Screen series of videos.
We also owe Riane a great debt of thanks—for it is she who
did the interview with Marija that we use in the film. Viviane
Hillgrove, who shot the interview, most generously made it available
to us. As Marija died when we were just beginning to work on Signs
Out of Time, we would have had a much more difficult time
without this live footage of her.
Riane will not be available to answer questions on our message
board, unfortunately. But we hope you will enjoy her interview,
the reading, and this month’s salon program. We do intend
to continue these packets at least through January, to complete
a year of salons, and are still in process of scheduling the next
couple of months.
Co-operator Stone Soup
This is the old hobo recipe. Everybody brings what they have to
put in the
pot, chop it all up and let it simmer together. The stone was
Some good things for the host to provide:
Onions and garlic to sautee in the bottom of the soup pot.
Stock—either made from your own veggies and/or bones and
veggies, or you can
get it in cans or those waterproof boxes, or even in powdered
local co-op hopefully has good, organic vegetarian ‘chicken’
makes a great soup base.
Chestnuts—in season right now. Chop them in half with a
heavy knife, blanch
them in boiling water and they become easy to peel—the shells
inner membrane slide right off. They make a wonderful addition
You can also run them through a food processor and make a rough
that to the soup, along with some some chopped apples, and it
thick, sweet and delicious.
Fresh or dried herbs and seasoning.
Crunchy bread and cheese to eat with it.
For this month’s ritual, each person thinks of a dream or
vision s/he holds
that feels too big to accomplish alone. Go around the circle,
your visions. After each person speaks, give the rest of the people
time to meditate on what they could each offer to support that
might be as simple as a word of encouragement, or something tangible,
actual help. Put the person who holds the vision in the center,
and as you
speak your support, do something to embody cooperation. Some ideas
be: group massage, suspending and rocking the person in the center
your hands or in a blanket, or simply holding out your hands and
love and energy on the central person. Let the recipient decide
most comfortable. Repeat so that each person gets a turn in the
Chalice and the Blade (click on title to order book)
by Riane Eisler
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
Is there a relationship between authoritarian societies and strict
Riane believes that the power relationships between men and women
are central to a society. Do you agree with her?
What do you think about the terms ‘matriachy’, ‘patriarchy’
Why do we need origin stories? What do they do for us?
Riane describes the differences between the dominator model and
the partnership model in societies. Where in our society do you
see examples of each.
Think about a dominator relationship you are familiar with—for
example, a boss and a worker, If that relationship were transformed
to a partnership model, what would change?
What larger changes would be needed to support that change?
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