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Noun: auspices  'os-pu-siz or 'os-pi,seez
  1. Kindly endorsement and guidance
    "the tournament was held under the auspices of the city council";
    - protection, aegis
Noun: auspex (auspices)  'os,peks
  1. (ancient Rome) a religious official who interpreted omens to guide public policy
    - augur

Type of: endorsement, indorsement, oracle, prophesier, prophet, seer, vaticinator

Encyclopedia: Auspices