In ‘Tunnel’ Gann bounces around between a personal practice for the Arcana and its trading application that the Masons first showed him. To further complicate things, he skips around between techniques, markets, and timeframes. For these reasons, the book is very hard to decipher. But reading all of Gann’s other works will shed light on each subject matter. Gann had another habit of including theory for a technique in one writing, an illustration for the same technique in another book, and final rules in yet another work.
Peters Amundsen, an expert on Baconian cipher and “Tree of Life” patterns, claims there are additional secret messages for America coded differently than the trading methods. In fact, ‘Tunnel’ is a bit spooky in light of ‘future history.’ Penned before in 1927, Gann’s story includes Japan sneak attacking America, a world war, New York City having a skyscraper 110 stories tall involved in war (World Trade Towers weren’t built until the 60s ringing in at exactly 110 stories), and a person named Charles Manson described on a future date (from the time Gann wrote) in the book that was only a couple years before Manson was born. Was this W. D. Gann’s way of telling us he was able to extend the methods he used to forecast the way beyond the markets?
From our perspective and Gann’s lack of review of ‘Tunnel,’ we believe that Gann probably regretted trying to jam his trading system, the personal use of the Arcana, and deeper messages about the country and world into ‘Tunnel.’ For this same reason many have tried to trade with information from the book and have come up short of anything consistent or rule based. Focusing on ‘Tunnel’ exclusively while neglecting the fact that one needs to read Gann’s other works as well to get a complete description of his methods won’t yield much.
See the ourTunnel page for illustrations of the ‘Major Motors’ technique from ‘Tunnel’ taught in our “W. D. Gann: Magic In The Markets” Course.