Instead of writing the English words for water or metal, the consultant uses the Chinese symbol to represent those feng shui elements.
To map out a home or workplace, the Feng Shui master will use the bagua to divides all the space into nine areas. Each area corresponds to a different aspect of your life. Whatever is going on energetically (good or bad) in that part of your space will affect the related aspect of your life
As a quick guide for those who are not familiar with the Chinese characters, click this link to download.