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The 8 of swords represents the concept that you must be open to defeat and facing your fears in order to ever progress forward.
Traditionally, the card illustrates a women, blindfolded but alone, surrounded by half buried swords. She is a victim and bound, yet she is merely a victim by her own choice; she is free to walk away, and the swords do not truly trap her. She only imagines herself trapped.
When deciding how to interpret this card, I immediately thought of an amazing Hindi diety, Akhilandeshvari, or, She Who is Never Not Broken.
This goddess is a powerful symbol of change: she represents surrender in the face of fear in order to move forward in your life, often for the better. She is usually depicted as a river diety, riding on a crocodile, in and of itself a symbol for confronting and surrendering to fear.
Like the 8 of swords, she is a symbol of learning to accept and embrace your fears in order to truly free yourself of your own limitations.
For more information, I highly recommend this great article by JC Peters, who I am forever grateful for showing me such a powerful symbol of finding empowerment and beauty even in your darkest times.