Pre-exchange trading starting in 2009, e.g. 2 pizzas for 10,000 BTC and other ancient transactions, are considered to be part of a separate or as being completely negligible so as not to affect current wave count.
Bitcoin is currently approaching the conclusion of the final wave of this first, large cycle, making the correction Sub-Wave 4 of 5. After completion a large and prolonged pullback in price is feasible.
There have been until now three major bull run periods: in 2011, 2013 and 2017. The 2017 cycle is still ongoing. Each gold rush comprises of three peaks in a similar formation as the trading pattern. The major bull run corresponds to the ascent of the middle peak.
The 0.01 USD bottom on 4 October 2010 is a very special point for the current . It is possible to draw a line from this point precisely to the price dump one week prior to the first two major bull runs. This line does not cut the through the preceding price action at all and is therefore to be considered as a critical support or . The full coordinates of the current are unknown, the line shown in the charts is the best guess estimate with respect to timeliness.
After the Gold Rush
After the peak there will be another failed peak or bull trap. This will be fairly large, but ultimately signal the start of a longer or price-wise severe bear market for Bitcoin as it enters a corrective wave. This bear cycle is indicated by the loss of the critical support or yellow as seen in the previous two gold rush cycles.
Wherever this critical support line is, the price will touch it possible around 7 to 10 days before the start of the major bull run. Depending on the exact coordinates of this support, this may take place in 2018 or 2019. Due to the three peak pattern of previous gold rushes, I believe this will happen in 2018. It is not possible to say whether the price will crash down immediately, or descend gently or move sideways slowly. A sizeable candle shadow on the weekly chart that allows a to be draw to the wave bottom without cutting the preceding price action is a candidate and a good point to buy more Bitcoin .
* This assumes the three peak formation holds.
** Gold miners, including the digital variety, are inherently mad and foolish so do not trust any of them.