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The Square of Nine

Overview


No longer is the old wooden Square of Nine wheel needed. Optuma first developed a fully customisable and interactive Square of Nine wheel in 2002, offering complete user control for quick and easy time and price target point identification using the methods of W.D. Gann.

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The Square of Nine is the most well known of Gann's charts although he never revealed exactly where his ideas behind the chart came from - in fact, he only ever wrote one paragraph on it. However, Gann's writing has been decoded to reveal that he used the Square of Nine to help call market tops and bottoms.

To open a Square of Nine chart, click on the Gann folder located under the New menu, and select Square of Nine (or CTRL+R for the keyboard shortcut).

The Square of Nine is made up of several different components; each one can be fully customised and has a specific purpose to allow access to all required information.

The Square of Nine Table


The Square of Nine Table is the table of numbers that progress in constantly expanding rings. By default, the Square of Nine uses the number series starting at 1 in the centre of the table. The next number in the series is located to the left of the first number and the order then progresses clockwise.

In its basic function, the Square of Nine acts as a square root calculator. From any number in the Square of Nine, to get 360 degrees around the square to the number in the next ring you find the square root of the first number, add two and then re-square. To travel 180 degrees around the Square of Nine, you add 1 instead of 2 before re-squaring.

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Price Selection


When a number is selected in the Square of Nine, the selected number becomes highlighted and numerous components automatically respond, displaying various angles from the selected price. A selection of other options can then be manually adjusted as needed.

The Square of Nine Angle Overlay


The first of four components to automatically respond to a selected number is the Square of Nine Angle Overlay.

The Square of Nine Angle Overlay draws a square and a triangle from the selected price, highlighting the natural Trine and Square angles of 90, 120, 180, 240 & 270 degrees. A second triangle is also displayed in the Square of Nine Angle Overlay, highlighting the Sextile relationships of 60 & 300 degrees.

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The Square of Nine Bar

The Square of Nine Bar is automatically added to the chart when a price is selected. It can be used to line up and identify important information from the Square of Nine Table, Angle Overlay, Aspect Overlay, Angle Ring and Date Ring.

To select the Square of Nine Bar, click on a price in the table and place your mouse pointer on a bar within the Angle Ring area. Holding the left mouse button down you can move the Square of Nine Bar to any position on the chart.

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The Angle Ring


Another component to automatically respond to a selected number in the Square of Nine is the Angle Ring. The Angle Ring is broken up into 360 degrees, representing a circle.

When a number in the Square of Nine is selected, the Angle Ring automatically adjusts so that the zero-degree angle lines up with the selected value. Any other angles that are highlighted by either the Square of Nine Bar or the Aspect Overlays are angles measured from the selected price.

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Angle Displayed as Bar is Repositioned


When the Square of Nine highlight bar is moved the current forward and reverse angle values are displayed:

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The Date Rings


The Date Ring is the ring positioned outside the Square of Nine. It is possible to have two Date Rings showing at the same time. By default, September 23rd is positioned at zero degrees, and March 21st is positioned at 180 degrees, but the direction and labels can be changed (from Dates to either Inverse Dates, Degrees, Inverse Degrees, One Day or Six Hours).

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To move the Date Rings so that a specific date lines up with a required point of reference, move the cursor over any date and click and drag the mouse.

Navigating the Square of Nine


By using the scroll wheel on your mouse you can zoom in and out of the Square of Nine. Note that it will zoom to your mouse cursor. To reset the view, hit the Escape key.

To move the chart on the screen left-click in the blank area between the table and the inner ring. When the cursor changes to a hand drag the chart to the required position:

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Actions & Properties


Actions


Clone Chart: When selected an exact replica of the existing Square of Nine Chart will be created.

Print Chart: Opens the page in a PDF document, which can then be printed.

Restore Default Settings: Click this action if you have adjusted the default settings of the Square of Nine Chart, and wish to return to the standard properties originally installed with Optuma.

Save Settings as Default:
If you have adjusted any of the Square of Nine Chart's properties you can save the adjustments as your new default setting. Each time you open a new Square of Nine Chart it will display using the new settings.

Send To: Expands to display the following options:
  • Clipboard - Saves a copy of the Square of NineChart to the Clipboard, either in Bitmap or Vector format. 
  • Image File - Saves a copy of the Square of Nine Chart as an image file, either in Bitmap or Vector format. 
  • Outlook - Applicable to Professional Services only, when selected the current Square of NineChart will be sent to Microsoft Outlook. 
  • Word - Applicable to Professional Services only, when selected the current Square of Nine Chart will be displayed as an image in Microsoft Word.

Properties


Rings: Allows the number of rings used to make up the Square of Nine to be adjusted. A ring is a square of numbers, for example, the first ring on a default Square of Nine contains the numbers 1 through to 9 (the default ring setting is 10).

Start Price: The first value in the centre of the Square of Nine (the default setting is 1).

Available from Optuma v1.4 the Start Price property supports the input of negative numbers.



Increment: Use this option to increase the increment between values (i.e. an increment of 4 will start at 1 with the subsequent values in the table being 5, 9, 13, etc).

Direction: By default, the values start at the centre of the table and go up. This option allows the direction to be reversed.

Selected Price: To select a value from which to draw an Aspect or Overlay, either click on a value on the chart or type it here.

Degree Layout: Determines where zero degrees begin (right or left side of the date ring).

Overlays: Allows any of the following aspects to be overlaid from the selected price:
  • Square - 90 degrees
  • Trine - 120 degrees
  • Sextile - 60 degrees
  • SemiSquare - 45 degrees
  • SemiSextile - 30 degrees
  • 49-day
  • 144-day
  • 216-day

Bar Angle: The Square of Nine Bar (see above) is the semi-transparent ruler placed on the table when a price is selected. This option allows the angle to be set manually (e.g. zero degrees is horizontal, 90 degrees is vertical).

Bar Width: Use the slider button to increase/decrease the width of the bar.

Ring 1 Angle: By default, the date angle starts from zero degrees on September 23rd (East). This option allows for the starting date to be changed, e.g. 180 degrees will start the dates on March 21st.

Ring 2 Angle: If a second Date Ring is selected this option allows for the starting date to be changed, as per the Ring 1 Angle.

Date Ring 1: Use this property to change the first date ring from showing Dates to either Inverse Dates, Degrees, Inverse Degrees, One Day or Six Hours.

Date Ring 2: Use this property to add a second date ring, which can be set to either Dates, Inverse Dates, Degrees, Inverse Degrees, One Day or Six Hours.

Time Style: Allows for the wheel to be displayed in Equal Day or Daylight hours (Astro edition only). If Daylight is selected then the option to choose your city will appear.

Price: Allows you to enter a degree value for which a $ symbol will be displayed on the Square of Nine Chart. The Shows Planets option must be selected for this to work.

Second Position: Allows you to select the location of the second number box that appears after the central square. The options are Left (by default), Right, Top, Bottom.

Count Direction: Allows you to select the direction of the square count (Clockwise or Counter-Clockwise). Clockwise is used by default.

Display Style: Allows the display to be switched between Price or Date. Where Price displays numbers 1 to 9 in the first square, Date starts from a user defined date (4-4-2013, for example, chosen from the Start Date option) and increases from there based on the increment selected.

Highlight Colour: Sets the colour to be used when highlighting a particular value. A value is highlighted when you double left-click on it.

Show Help: Untick this box to hide the Chart Control panel from the chart.

Date Control Link: This option is applicable if you have a tiled price chart next to the Square of Nine. Enabling this feature will synchronise both charts.

Stay On Top: If the chart is tiled with other charts on the same page this option will ensure that the chart remains on top and will not be hidden beneath other charts.

ASTRO EDITION ONLY


City: If the Time Syle is set to Daylight Hours this option allows you to select the city with the correct time zone.

Price: Allows you to enter a degree value for which a $ symbol will be displayed on the Square of Nine Chart. The Shows Planets option must be selected for this to work.

Show Planets: Tick this box to show the planets on the chart.

Ephemeris Date: Allows you to manually change the date.

Planets: Choose the planets to be displayed.

GMT Offset: Use this option to adjust the ephemeris time zone setting for a specific market. Select the required GMT setting and the ephemeris will automatically update.

Geo/Helio/Sidereal: Allows you to choose the ephemeris view between geocentric, heliocentric, sidereal and topocentric.

Coordinate System: 
Changes the planetary positions based on equatorial or ecliptic coordinates.

 Last updated Tue, Dec 11 2018 10:01am

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