I think I am probably one of the few here who can make that claim. I know my tradition goes back at least 15 generations.
I don't share my path in detail, I don't accept neophytes, I do not train nor teach others. It is a family tradition and I don't work with anyone outside of family. If that makes me seem like I'm stuck up or think I'm better than anyone it isn't true. It's actually quite simple, it's a family tradition
. I don't know of any lineaged witches who share, teach or mentor their path to outsiders.
It isn't a special club one can join, it's a matter of birth. I am very open about my path and will, when asked work with anyone on a special project or need. I have no issues sharing the ideas or principles behind spells or rituals that I have been taught.
I personally don't post a lot here because of the whole copywrite issue and I have a lot of irons in the fire that I don't want snatched and used as someone else's work. It's already happened more than once (not here for the record) and I refuse to allow anyone else to get credit or paid for my words.
If you feel I'm snotty or stuck up in regards to my path, I apologize, I don't think I've ever said no to anyone when asked for help, my deciding factor being if you are an adult and if you haven't been a complete shithead to me. You've never asked me anything.
I get asked about Wicca a lot simply because I've done my year and a day and achieved the third degree when in high school and college within a local group of what is now the Piedmont Church of Wicca. I've said many times, that Wicca just isn't the right fit for me. It doesn't change that I, at one time, not only thought it was the next logical step in my path, but that I also studied and worked very hard for a number of years to realize it wasn't where I needed to be.
I have never seen anyone get snotty or nasty about being lineaged, we just don't share as most who are lineaged are not Wiccans, but are witches from a family tradition. It's nothing personal. We don't share anywhere. Mainly because somewhere in everyone's tradition of any length there are one or more who were killed for being a witch and you are raised to keep your mouth shut.
It's kind of hard to be a lineaged Wiccan when the tradition only goes back to 1939. I mean how many generations can that actually be? So I don't see this as a slam on Wicca, maybe a touch of ignorance in Wicca and how long it really has been around. More of a slam on witches as, for the most part, we are the ones who come from family traditions which is, the only way one can actually be "lineaged". http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lineage