Where did this phrase come from?
30 seconds worth of Googling came up with this:
[sub]*This offer only valid between June 21 and September 22 in the Northern Hemisphere, or December 21 and March 20 in the Southern Hemisphere.[/sub]
The more familiar form dates from the 18th century, and Peter Pindar’s (John Wolcot’s) Odes of Condolence:
Be Sirius, sturmhauke.
And forget ye not the version as penned by the Bard: