This card is not one I ever appreciate seeing when I use the Collective Tarot. This card is cold; no sentimentality exists here. The birds do what needs to be done in order to survive…or maybe just do it because it’s convenient. The Collective Tarot describes this as putting logic above everything else and doing what is right according to reason, even if the result is not morally or ethically desirable. Expediency over what is good. Ideally, we are the bird flying above, refusing to participate. At the very least, the card shows us that we have that option. Plus, there’s no guarantee we won’t be the bird being eaten the next time around.
I think we are meant to identify as the rats in this card. Stealing the giant hunk of cheese may have seemed like a great idea at the time, but there doesn’t seem to have been much of a plan. While five of the rats seems to be working together to move the larger hunk, two seem to have made away with small pieces just for themselves and two others don’t seem to be helping at all. Sure, the plan was daring (I mean, the cat is right there.), but it seems to have been unnecessarily risky.
I guess the message here is to stop and think about what you are doing or want to do. How will you feel about it later? What will you be left with after?