Let's face it, gold bulls have had it pretty easy the last 2 1/2 years. During that time QE1 and QE2 drove a gigantic rally out of the 2008 eight year cycle low.
Folks, at some point a move like that has to enter a lengthy consolidation.
With quantitative easing coming to an end (and QE3 not politically feasible at the moment), the economy likely rolling over into recession, and the dollar possibly setting up for a powerful rally out of the three year cycle low, I think the next deflationary period is now upon us.
The last two deflationary episodes forced a severe (2008) and a moderate (2010) correction in gold.
I do think demand is strong enough in the gold market that gold should hold most of its gains. However, I suspect it's going to be a lot harder to make money during the next year and a half as I expect that gold will be locked in a volatile trading range as it consolidates that gargantuan rally.