Riding the wave

Pisces (the Two Fish)

When Zeus dethroned his father Chronus, the Titans, sons of Uranus, opposed the overthrow, but were defeated by Zeus- helped by other gods, by the Cyclops and by other Giants - and were plunged into the Tartarus. Gaea, the goddess of the Earth and the mother of the Titans, to avenge her children gave birth to Typhoon, the hugest monster of them all, who was pitted against Zeus in order to overthrown him from the Olympic throne.


The gods, terrified by the strength and brutality of Typhon, began to flee in every direction, taking the form of different animals. Aphrodite, goddess of beauty, dived into the Euphrates with her inseparable son Eros, both taking the shape of fish, tied together by a long ribbon.

From that moment the fish, dedicated to Aphrodite, were placed in heaven as a constellation, while Typhoon, eventually defeated by Zeus, was thrown into the deapths of the earth underneath Mount Etna, where he has never ceased to emit flames and smoke, in an eternal growl.

The constellation is crossed by the Sun from March 10 to April 17 and culminates at the end of November at approximately 9 p.m. It occupies a large dark area because void of luminous bodies, and is surrounded by Triangle, Andromeda, Pegasus, Aquarius, Aries and Cetus.