|cernunnos the horned god (gundestrup cauldron)|
Beltane is of course dedicated to Bel, the Celtic sun god, 'Shining One'; and is also associated with Cernunnos, the horned god of the Mother Goddess. It occurs to me to wonder whether there is an etymological connection with Abellio, the fertility god of apple trees, and whom I mention in my blog posted close to Imbolc, in early February.
Another thing worth mentioning is that Beltane is the old Celtic midsummer of the year begun on November 1st.
the horses of winter and summer
A version of this poem appears this month, May 2011, in Bardo, my new collection from Shearsman