I think with a lot of tarot readers doing it for $, they want to give you a load of bang for your buck so they go a bit over the top with the esoteric references. Which – don’t get me wrong – is amazing and valuable in so many ways.
But in my experience, Tarot is insanely practical.
For example, the Knight Of Swords could be all about the journey of Parsifal to redeem his father’s crown/holy grail/jungian whatever BUT i see it showing up when someone is about to make trouble and an unpleasant discussion ensues.
The Devil = someone in trouble via drugs or alcohol. Seven of Swords = someone stealing off you. Page of Cups – to go with a more pleasant example – = someone revealing his/her romantic regard for you. It’s subtle but it’s there. “Sincere & foretold” as old Tarot saying goes.
See also – Using Tarot To Tell If Someone Is Taken…lol.
I get that there are deeper dimensions of these cards but i think it’s good to remember the Tarot also tells a very hands-on, useful-in-the-now type saga.