Among the later followers of Basilides, actual magic played a determining part.
Below are set forth the methods of determining and dealing with such orbits.
When a new celestial body, say a planet or a comet is discovered, the astronomer meets with the problem of determining the orbit from several observed positions of the body.
The great difficulty which has been felt by investigators in determining the character and attributes of the god Baal mainly arises from the original.
The history of Baalism among the Hebrews is obscured by the difficulty of determining whether the false worship which the prophets stigmatize is the heathen worship of Yahweh under a conception, and often with rites, which treated him as a local nature god; or whether Baalism was consciously recognized to be distinct from Yahwism from the first.