W.D. Gann died at 3.20pm on the 18th June 1955 only 12 days after his 77th Birthday. He was buried with his second wife Sadie in the Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn overlooking Wall Street.
Looking back, as Gann always instructed, his remarkable life was full of many trials and tribulations. What he accomplished in one lifetime through sheer determination and devotion, was a feat beyond an ordinary man - for W.D. Gann was no ordinary man, he was the boy Wizard of Wall St and later a Supreme Commander ( 33 degree Mason).
Born on the 6th June 1878 Lufkin, Texas (Chart 1) in the sign of Gemini and in the true spirit of a Mercurial child, William started working as a news butcher on a train selling newspapers and food at the young age of 13. His family was very poor and as the eldest of eleven children, he grew up very quickly working hard on the family farm and in the cotton warehouses- where he was exposed to commodity trading.
By his second Jupiter return at age 24, he was a husband to Rena May Smith and a father to Nora. A year later he moved his family to New York City where he worked for a Wall St Brokerage until 1908, later opening his own brokerage firm, W.D. Gann & Co, age 30.
There was no stopping W.D. Gann, even when he incurred great losses through Bank failures in November 1907. In the Wall St Stock Selector under the caption "When a Man's Trend Changes " Gann wrote about these losses by bucking his own trend. To quote him, " I was trading in a period which should have been for rest, recreation and gaining of knowledge." Astrologically, at 29 years of age, Gann was under the adverse influences of a Saturn return. This was also around the same time that he divorced his first wife and married his second, Sadie in 1908.
According to Gann, on the 8th August 1908, he made the greatest mathematical discoveries for predicting the trend of the stocks and commodities. He was 30 years of age.
In 1909 he gained public attention through the Ticker Tape interviews where he made astounding trades and forecasts under the observation of Richard Wykoff, editor of the Ticker and Investment Digest. This was the first time Gann mentioned the Law of Vibration and his Master Time Factor which allowed him to forecast time cycles and price levels on any time frame.
From this point onwards, Gann began building his own business by writing books and numerous newsletters like his famous Supply and Demand that included annual forecasts for stocks and commodities.
His most remarkable Forecast was made November 1928 when Gann issued his an Annual Forecast for 1929 predicting the end of the great bull market in stocks for September 3, 1929 and the greatest panic in history to follow. He advised his clients to sell short and pyramid all the way down. W.D. Gann prospered during the Depression , which he predicted would end in 1932.
His Books in published order.
1910 Speculation a Profitable Profession
1923 Truth of the Stock Tape
1927 The Tunnel Thru the Air
1930 Wall Street Stock Selector
1936 New Stock Trend Detector
1937 How to Make Profits Trading in Puts and Calls
1940 Face Facts America
1941 How to Make Profits in Commodities
1949 45 Years in Wall Street
1950 The Magic Word
1951 New edition How to Make Profits Trading in Commodities
Plus he had his Stock Market and Commoditiy Courses
In his natal chart, Gann has a stellium (3 or more planets grouped together) in the fixed and persistant sign of Taurus clustered in the natural 9th House of Publishing and Travel. Gann bought his first plane called the Lone Star in 1932, a five passenger Stinson Reliant to make "flying-forecasting" tours of the cotton and wheat belts. He hired the famous aviatrix Elinor Smith as his pilot, their arrangement lasting 19 years. Another airplane he purchased in July 1936 called the Silver Star, was a special built all-metal airplane. In his later years, he'd fly to Cuba to play the Cuban lottery and place bets on the horse racing using a unique system of Astro-Numerology.
At the height of his business, Gann employed up to 35 people to hand chart and study the markets, including Canadian astrologer Edward Jonndro . At age 76, he made so much money trading Coffee and Soy Beans, that he called his new high speed cruising boat The Coffee Bean.
Gann's exhaustive study of Natural Cosmic Law and its influence on Speculative Markets has indeed inspired a whole generation of Traders seeking to gain even just a hint of insight from the Master himself.