Christopher Hitchens was born on April 13th, 1949, making him an Aries. As a cardinal sign (the starter of the wheel of the zodiac), Aries are natural born leaders, eager for adventure and striving for the top. Home loving and rooted in their day-to-day routines, these ambitious souls thrive when they’re in control. Aries are often independent, direct and determined, taking charge energetically and making progress in leaps and bounds. This sentiment aligns fairly well with Hitchens’ life narrative.
Born to a naval officer father and a Jewish mother, Christopher Hitchens grew up in Portsmouth, England. From an early age, Hitchens found himself engaging with the intellectual world through reading in his father’s library. One of the authors he encountered during this time was George Orwell, which, Ireckon, provided much of the flair of Hitchens’ ideological stance throughout the course of his career: a lifelong socialist.
In 1972, after graduating from Balliol College, Oxford, with a first class degree in the philosophy, politics and economics program, Hitchens’ went to work in the Labour Foreign Office. His aspirations in the world of journalism, however, would soon overtake his political career. In 1981, he achieved a place among the writers of the New Statesman, his first job as a journalist. From here, Hitchens’ career is one of the hallmarks of independent, direct and determinedness that an Aries might carry.
Through the ’80s and ’90s, Hitchens wrote his way around the world contributing to some of the world’s most avidly-read magazines, such as Vanity Fair and The Nation. These pieces were usually combine his intelligence and keen wit to commentaries that tackled the most controversial of topics. Whether it be offering up opinion on America’s involvement in Iraq, or addressing the assassination of political namesake Yitzhak Rabin, Hitchens’ never shied away from any subject regardless of how contentious or unpopular his thoughts might’ve been.
And he blatantly wanted to hear from his opposition as well. One of Hitchens’ greatest legacies is his willingness to engage in philosophical debate. In 2009, he held a heated discussion at Oxford University with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair regarding the justness of the Iraq War. This debate would later be released as a television special that has been seen over 3 million times.
This is a rather remarkable life to possess and, based on Hitchens’ Aries zodiac, one could argue that it was the ambition that guides the sign in its day-to-day life that allowed Hitchens to achieve all he did. He was a surviving intellectual in an age of backlash against the very concept and his willingness to speak his mind pulled no punches — a trait true Aries can appreciate.