I hear ya F.W.
Look up solitary in the dictionary and there is a picture of me.
Please bear in mind that i'm only trying to share my experience.
To my mind the Crowley's influence on Wicca is noteworthy. It's very rare, perhaps unique, that someone should be of the 33rd deg., a member of the lodge of England and later affiliate with the Grand Orient. (Not to mention the OTO and the Order of the Golden Dawn.)
I may not know what i'm talking about but i think my experience of being duely initiated and brought up through the degrees in the AF & AM may have some common ground with coming up through in the tradition of the old guard.
Two very different things mind you ... but ... maybe some similarities because of their shared ancestry ?
To the point though : It was difficult for me to work as part of a group and be a part of a group. I came to it very reluctantly but i knew it was something i had to do as the next step. I can honestly say i'm a better man for it. I learned some things that i never could have learned otherwise.
Let's take something that is common knowledge for instance. The master of the lodge is properly addressed as " Worshipful " or " Worshipful Master ". Now ... a lot of people read something simple like that and go WHOA !. But ... if you had the experience of coming up through then you would understand why that's not a problem.
From time to time I hear about all of the infighting and power plays that take place in " Wiccan ? " covens that don't have a lineage and it makes me wonder if something has been lost along the way.
Anyway ... coming full circle back to the Ardennes ! They're kind of a hint that things were very different back then weren't they ? It's just common sense ... there's no doubt that the Gardenarian Tradition was Wicca.
As you get further and further away from the source a thing can evolve and morph into something uniquely it's own. That begs the question .... Exactly where is the tipping point ? That's a sore subject for a lot of folks.
For me ... it's just an academic discussion. I don't have anything invested in it and as far as i know it doesn't affect me.
It's not my concern what others do. I just like to talk about this stuff and maybe learn something new along the way.