As far back as 2018 (and later when I wrote my class Star Praxis: Ancient Astrology for Modern Witches) one of my primary concerns was to empower mundane and magical practitioners to come to their own correspondences. Studying both astrological herbalism and magic, a few things stood out:
1. The correspondences listed were based on whatever was available to the author at that time, & failed to include a plethora of plants, stones, and peoples that exist in other parts of the world.
2. The authors were coming to these correspondences by being in relationship with and understanding the nature of the planets and how those natures were reflected in other beings on earth. What they considered that nature to be was greatly influenced by the author's culture. And these authors were often contradictory to one another!
3. The authors were working with the most up-to-date scientific information of their lived era. I'm certain that if Culpeper was alive today, he'd change several things! He did not see a separation between science and spirituality--it was a continuous spectrum that overlapped. Yet, somehow today's practitioners just stick to what's written in books that are 300+ years old, with no regard to recent information.
4. These authors were far less rigid and dogmatic than today's modern practitioners. Correspondences overlapped. This is reflected in Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy:
"Moreover we must know, that every stone, or plant, or animal, or any other thing is not governed by one stone alone, but many of them receive influence, not separated, but conjoined, from many stars."
I wanted to empower students to see how ALL beings are made of stardust, both human and more-than-human. I wanted them to unchain themselves from feeling they had to "stick to the books" to find answers when they could develop those relationships and make those discoveries for themselves!