The name of Mephistopheles is a composite of the Greek word, Megistos, which means, Greatest, and the name of the Olympic spirit of Mercury called, Ophiel, who is mentioned in many Grimoire. Ophiel is otherwise named Ariel in William Shakespeare’s, play, The Tempest. The name of Ophiel is also a composite name, which comprises of the Greek for Serpent (Oph) and the Hebrew El, meaning lord, or deity.
The translation of which would then be: ‘Greatest Serpent Deity.’ You then have, Megistos-Ophiel, thence leading you to Mephist and Opheles, who as Mephistpheles is essentially an alternate version of the ancient Greek God, called Hermes, the Roman’s called Mercury, whose symbol was the serpentine Caduceaus, looking like a (trident) trisula.
This is more so the case concerning the Hermetic deity, called, Hermes Trismegistos, Thrice ‘Greatest’ Hermes, the early Christian’s had demonised, whose name probably developed into the composite of Mephistopheles. This invariably led to the name of Mephistopheles being commonly interpreted from the Hebrew word, Mephitz, meaning ‘destroyer,’ and Tophel, ‘liar;’ the literal translation of the name would then be: ‘Destroyer Of Liars.’ This does not of course equate with the common Christian perception of Mephistopheles, who, as the, ‘Destroyer Of Liars,’ sounds more like a Hindu deity, as the ‘Destroyer of Maya/Illusion.’
Mephistopheles of German folklore leads you to the ancient Germanic tribes, who once worshipped the shamanic deity called Wotan, the Norse named as Odin, the Saxon’s knew as Woden, who the Roman’s had equated with Mercury.
Woden also has cultural links with ancient India; for his sacred colour is blue, as well as being singular of eye, who wields the trisula, called Gungnir; just like blue-nectar Shiva of the Hindu’s, who is the third-eye lord of Yoga, wielding the trisula, called Pashupatastra. Both of whom are the ‘Destroyers Of Worlds,’ being that of Maya/Illusions; although, one should actually say, that these deities communicate shamanic teachings of ‘Solve et Coagula,’ metaprogrmming, which destroy your limited illusions of reality. Woden’s name in particular was allocated to the third day of the week, which in German is Wodensdaeg, in English, Wodens-day, becoming Wednesday.
Should you then seek out a feminine version of Mephistopheles, to make modern of expression, to otherwise name as Mephistophina, the closest associative parallel would be Charles Addams artistic creation of Wednesday Addams, who has since become rather archetypal of a Goth icon; although Wednesday Addams is more akin of Gothic characteristics to the sphere of Saturn, rather than Mercury. However, there is a more Mercurial version of Wednesday Addams, whose Goth girl character was depicted in the TV series: Lost Girl, called Kenzi, who is somewhat of a witty comedian and a fast talking thief. It just so happens that Mercury was classically associated with comedy and thieves.
You might say that a female version of Mephisopheles is pushing the envelope of symbolic believability or to otherwise point out that, such investigations into the symbolism behind an archetype, which has influenced popular culture down through the ages, has no value; or to growl, that one should not upset the established apple cart. However, when to refer back to translation of,’Greatest Serpent Deity,’ you can equate said serpent with the Kundalini Shakti, as described in the practice of Yoga. The Kundalini Shakti is usually personified as a Goddess, who is also described as being a, ‘Fire Snake,’ which of an energy arises along your trisula spine of a Caduceaus, through the three levels of the unconscious, subconscious and conscious mind.
The Kundalini Shakti is also associated with three trisula colours, known as the Gunas, being black, white and red, which in the practice of Alchemy equates with the Nigredo, Albedo and the Rubedo stages of the (Hermes Trismegistos) Great Work.
The Nigredo is associated with hypnagogic trance ingress into the third-eye dream, wherein your emotion is implanted. This then leads to the Albedo of the bio-photon light, which illuminates your spun electron dreams of a fractal association, of thoughts, formulating into a corresponding dream scenario; said dream domain will be empowered by your initial emotional charge.
When to eventually awaken of rebirth, you then have the Rubedo of the Hypnapompic stage, where you feel that the dream experience has imprinted your nervous system; since the nervous system cannot tell the difference between a so called real experience, or that of a vividly imagined one; this is very much the case when you experience a (Great Work) lucid dream.
When these three alchemical colours of the Gunas are seen in relation to the physical characteristics of a Goddess, you then have her black hair, white skin and red lips, which would make her look like a Goth chick.
The Kundalini Shakti is also known of in the practice of Alchemy, as the, Philosophers Stone, Quintessence, Anima-Mundi (World ‘Soul’/Tarot XXI) or the Mercurius, which is described as being an inner light.
This inner light of the bio-photon, emanates from amidst the mitochondrial (Double-Helix/Caduceaus/Serpentine) DNA, which is passed down from the mother to her children; hence, being feminine (Shakti) of source, whose light illuminates your dreams.
In other words, the ‘Great Serpent Deity,’ probably refers to the Kundalini Shakti, which of an inner experience is known of by other cultures, to term by other names; although, of commonality the serpent motif entwined with the feminine principle, unifies them all.
Wherefore, Mephistopheles was originally a female character, who as the Kundalini Shakti , to otherwise name as Mephistophina, she is conjured up by Faust, to thence Coitus Pactum arise along his (Gungnir/Pashupatastra) Caduceaus of a spinal column, who then illuminates his skull, like that of the orgasmic Big-Bang birth of the universe.
Whereupon, Faust is more akin to a Yogi, a Western practitioner would equate with a Hermes Trismegistos, upon whose lap is seated his Succubus, Mephistophina.
Faust does not sell his (Shakti) Soul of Abrahamic fear porn, he otherwise enters into a ‘Coitus Pactum’ with her of a ‘Sacred Marriage,’ when to contact his (Shakti) Soul within a (Great Work) lucid dream.
The ancient Norse shaman would call the Soul the, Fylgja; should the practitioner be a heterosexual male, the Fylgja will manifest as a (‘Anima’ Mundi) woman; hence Faustus Crow has conjured up Mephistophina.