Quote from CaerMaster
I will repeat: From all the [non-Auram] nodes I have broken and all of the wisps I have killed, from the day Thaumcraft 4 released, I have never had one single solitary auram essentia drop.
The sum total of all of the Auram I have ever gotten in Thaumcraft 4 came from only two sources:
1. Extra wand caps that I crafted before they had to be infused;
2. One node I found that had about 56 Auram. (And it is so far the ONLY auram-bearing node I have ever found.)
I haven't yet gotten around to setting up a serious mana bean farm. But at this point that appears to be the only way, period, I am ever going to get any more Auram.
You are missing the point. Auram wisps (almost) never drop. But _every_ wisp contains 1 auram in addition to the 4 *whatever*.
Just go an smash any large node, burn the wisps in the alchemical furnace and you will get some auram. Small amounts but enough for the small number of crafts that need it.
I, personally, am NOT happy with destroying nodes. I feel i've damaged my world in some way so mana bean farming is high up on my list of things to do.
But, auram comes from wisps, even when they are not auram wisps. Or some mod has screwed your essentia assignments on your wisps.