,W. D. Gann had the right idea when he paid attention to Groundhog Day in an oblique kind of way.
After all, Groundhog Day is a curious bit of American folklore.
The 1993 “Groundhog Day” movie with Bill Murray created a cultural archetype. When you mention Groundhog Day, many people immediately connect the name with the notion of endlessly-repeating events.
I guess you could say that it’s like deja vu all over again….
Not Just Deja Vu
But Groundhog Day is actually a long-observed American holiday.
One that W. D. Gann knew quite well.
It had its U.S. origins with German settlers in southeastern and central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries.
According to the traditions associated with this annual event on Februrary 2, if it’s cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on that date, spring will come early.
If it’s sunny, on the other hand, the groundhog will see its shadow and return to hibernation as winter weather persists for six more weeks.
February 2 is also the annual date of Candlemas and of the festival of Imbolc in the Celtic calendar. More important for astro-traders, it also marks the midpoint of the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere.
W. D. Gann and the Eighth Harmonic
It thus has particular significance as an eighth-harmonic calendar point in W. D. Gann’s market calculations.
As many students of this pioneering astro-trader’s work understand, W. D. Gann deeply understood the significance of market timing. He knew that paying attention to the calendar was one of the keys to connecting price and time for more profitable trading results.
To that end, W. D. Gann focused on the dates of the solar cardinal ingresses throughout the year:
As the Sun moves into the zodiac sign of Aries, we have the vernal equinox, the start of Spring in the northern hemisphere.
With the Sun’s entry into Cancer, the summer solstice ushers in another change of season.
The Fall Equinox comes with the passage of the Sun into Libra.
And the first day of Winter in the northern hemisphere comes when the Sun moves into the zodiac sign of Capricorn.
W. D. Gann’s Innovation
But W. D. Gann took things even farther.
In working with his calendar calculations and market forecasting, W. D. Gann also paid close attention to the timing midpoints between those cardinal solar ingresses.
This year, however, Groundhog Day has special significance for astro-traders. Uranus and Pluto will revisit their waxing square on that date; it’s an alignment that had seven exact iterations between 2012 and 2015. Although the two planets don’t make a precise 90-degree alignment this time around, it’s worth paying attention to the market reaction.
While various markets reacted to those Uranus/Pluto configurations in different ways, the manifestations outside of the markets were consistent with previous Uranus/Pluto fourth-harmonic influences: a big increase in social, religious, and political tensions, with extremism and belligerence hitting major heights.
With that kind of extra stress coming at a critical calendar point this time around, we could see disruptive or contentious influences in the news that may make their presence felt in the markets, too.
Applying W. D. Gann’s Astro-Trading Principles
As modern astro-traders, we have a clear advantage over W. D. Gann.
We not only have the opportunity to stand on his shoulders, and follow his lead in market analysis and timing our trades – we also have a tool he didn’t even dream of:
Today, thanks to astro-trading software like the Fibonacci Trader/Galactic Trader program, we can rapidly visualize astrological dynamics in the markets through planetary price lines and other tools.
It’s advantage that is reviewed in great detail in the live workshop recordings of the program on Profitable Trading with Planetary Timing.
It’s also a key part of our Model Portfolio success with astro-trading at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com.